Windows 7 End of Life – what you need to know

Windows 7

It’s been incredibly popular, but after a decade Windows 7 is about to reach its End of Life.  

Microsoft will no longer update or support the operating system after 14 January 2020, or sooner for those who don’t download a recent security update.  

Recent research suggests that Windows 7 is still used on around 21% of PCs running Windows in the UK so users must start thinking now about moving on from this operating system, if they haven’t already done so. 

If you’re one of those people who will be affected, this guide will help you know what to do.  

If it ain’t broke why fix it?  

End of life is the term that Microsoft uses to identify the period when the company will no longer support an operating system or application. PCs with Windows 7 will still be operational, but there will be no more security patches and no technical support. That’s why we strongly advise updating your operating system. 

What does end of life mean for security?  

That’s the whole crux of the matter. Windows 7 software package will no longer be fully supported and patched when it goes to end of life after 14 January 2020.  

Running an unsupported version of Windows leaves individuals and businesses exposed to security risks.  

It’s not unknown for hackers, knowing end of life is on its way, to find ways to exploit vulnerable systems and wreak havoc after that date.  

With Microsoft no longer supporting the operating system yet the likelihood that there will still be plenty of people using it, it could become rich pickings for cyber criminals. Hackers might just wait for end of life to strike. Don’t compromise your cyber security, it’s simply not worth it.  

What about Windows 10? 

It’s the latest, most powerful and secure operating system from Microsoft and has many familiar features of Windows 7, which means that making the switch should be straightforward from a user’s perspective. 

Windows 10 offers intelligent security, regular updates, and enhanced tools among its features. 

I have Windows 7, what should I do next?  

The most popular route is to follow the advice of Microsoft and migrate to Windows 10, and the tech giant is calling on users to make the move sooner rather than later. 

Contact your IT support team and ask their advice to upgrade or replace the operating system; you may wish to use the opportunity to upgrade hardware as well. 

Many machines that are running older operating systems will be older and less reliable, and becoming poorer over time, even although it may seem like only yesterday that the PC was purchased. 

The average age of a Windows 7 machine is five plus years, and as today's standard of IT equipment has moved on in both performance and function, it’s an opportune time to take advantage and upgrade. 

As Windows 7 will very soon be old, outdated, and not a priority of Microsoft, we strongly recommend acting now.  

How can I make the switch?  

From sole traders and small retailers to professional service operators, Clark IT has helped all kinds of businesses create the right IT infrastructure to suit their business needs. We can help you too.  

From initial advice, through to migrations and ongoing support, we’re here for you.

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