Microsoft recently announced that it will begin the Windows 7 end of life on the 14th January 2020. On that day, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 and will no longer patch it with security updates.
Windows 7 is still an extremely popular operating system that, even 10 years after its release, is still relied upon by millions across the globe. But of course, all good things must come to an end.
Those who stick with the operating system will potentially be at a higher risk of being targeted by hackers. With more than one billion Windows users around the world, hundreds of millions of people are going to be affected by this change.
But what does Windows 7 end of life mean?
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. The move is often used by Microsoft and other companies to dedicate people and time to the applications and services that matter the most.
What does Windows 7 end of life mean for my business?
When Microsoft’s end of life begins on 14th January 2020, any computer, laptop, tablet or other device your business has that’s running on Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system, and it’s likely that they won’t offer help and support if you encounter any problems.
No technical support
No software updates
No security updates
It’s also not uncommon for hackers to wait until after and end of life date to find ways to exploit vulnerable systems. After all, if Microsoft isn’t going to support the operating system and there are still plenty of people using it, why not attack?
The fact is, the sooner your business can get away from Windows 7 and switch to Windows 10, the better.
Can my business keep using Windows 7 after 14th January 2020?
Windows 7 will operate after the end of life date however, over time, you are likely to see security problems as your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
If you’re running end of life software, you’re putting your data infrastructure at considerable risk. A recent report on the NHS cyber-attacks that took place in May 2017 cited that one of the issues that led to the attack was a failure to ‘migrate away from vulnerable older software’.
How do I move my business to Windows 10 from Windows 7?
Even if you are unsure about moving to Windows 10 initially, eventually you’ll have little choice. PC companies will be bundling Windows 10 into their machines, with no option to downgrade to Windows 7.
Microsoft is not only strongly imploring its users to upgrade to Windows 10, but also suggesting they do so with new hardware, despite the fact some Windows 7 machines will be capable of running the new operating system.
Buying new PCs will likely be the best option for most businesses as computers running Windows 7 are at least several years old, and realistically you'll need a more powerful machine to run Windows 10. Today's PCs are faster, lightweight yet powerful, and more secure, with an average price that's considerably less than that of the average computer eight years ago.
How soon can I upgrade to Windows 10?
If your business is still running Windows 7, then you have a dilemma. Upgrading all your computers, laptops, tablets or other devices running Windows 7 to Windows 10, might prove tricky before Windows 7 end of life on 14th January 2020.
As a Silver Microsoft Partner, Custard’s team of IT experts have the knowledge and skills to assist your business with the upgrade from Windows 7 to the fully supported Windows 10 operating system, just in time for the deadline early next year.
How can I prevent the hassle of upgrading in the future?
Today, businesses have the option to subscribe to a Hardware as a Service (HaaS) model where leased devices are owned, managed and supported by a third-party provider. Custard, as a managed service provider, are able to provide your business with the hardware that you need and allow you to spread the cost over time with affordable monthly payments.
Our HaaS program not only includes deployment, repairs, troubleshooting and device monitoring, but it also offers hardware support and upgrades. Therefore, in the event of any necessary system upgrades, your business will automatically be covered meaning you can focus on the demands of your business without the headache of future upgrades or other IT issues.