While there is no conspiracy at play as Microsoft did announce it would end its support Windows 7 10 years after its initial launch, it will still take many users by surprise.
Released on October 22, 2009, Windows 7 has been a mainstay operating system for the multitudes. Now, with the pending termination of product support from January 14, 2020, many users will be unprepared for its demise.
So what do you do?
Like Microsoft, we recommend several activities. First and for those that are on older PCs, we recommend moving to a new device operating Windows 10. No, we aren’t suggesting this to simply sell you computing hardware! Current PCs are more cost-effective, faster, more powerful and importantly, more secure. The security benefits alone may well be worth the purchase price if your older machine is targeted by hackers or infected by viruses.
You can, of course, purchase and install Windows 10 on your older machine, however, we don’t recommend this as some Windows 7 devices are not compatible with Windows 10 or could even experience reduced feature availability.
Can you still use Windows 7 after the end date?
Yes. The problem is that if you have any issues, there will not be any ‘fixes’ available to you. In addition, you may well leave your self and your valuable data open to security and virus risks.
Is it worth it?
What about Internet Explorer (IE)?
Support for Internet Explorer on a Windows 7 device will also be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a key component of Windows, Internet Explorer follows the ‘support lifecycle’ of the particular Windows operating system it’s installed on. So if you upgrade to Windows 10, you will benefit from the latest version of IE.
What about my server?
If you are still running Windows Server 2008r2 or Windows Small Business Server, you will also need to upgrade and do so quickly. We can help you move to either a new server that can support Windows 10 or migrate you to the Cloud.
Of course, this process is more complex than updating a stand-alone PC, however, it needs to be done and done correctly, well ahead of the January 2020 end date.
If you would like advice on upgrading, we would be happy to undertake a comprehensive audit and free consultation of your systems. Simply fill in the feedback form and we’ll get in touch for a no-obligation chat about getting the upgrade process started.