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Windows 7 End of Support is Approaching – Here’s Why You Need To Upgrade

Windows 7 End of Support is Approaching – Here’s Why You Need To Upgrade

Over the past few months, we have discussed that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14th, 2020. This means that now is the time to upgrade your business’ Operating Systems to Windows 10. What will happen when support ends? Is it easy to upgrade? We’re sure you have these many more questions!

What is happening to Windows 7?

All good things come to an end, and technology is no exception. Windows 7 began in 2009 and now, after over a decade of service, it will reach its End of Support.

From January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide Windows 7 devices with support, security patches and regular updates. This means that even though your team will still be able to use Windows 7, it doesn’t mean they should, as they will be more vulnerable to security breaches.

Should I Upgrade My Devices?

After the January 14th, 2020 deadline, your Windows 7 devices will still work, however, you will essentially be using these devices on borrowed time as they have a non-supported Operating System.

Commonly used software (including Windows products) may no longer work and Microsoft’s support team will not be able to fix these issues, if and when they occur. Outdated software and hardware don’t last forever and over time the risk of a breach or failure increases as time goes on. Now might be the best time to upgrade your machines to Windows 10, to avoid these pitfalls.

How Do I Upgrade?

The first step is finding out how many devices in your business need to be upgraded. Get in touch with our team and we will advise you on your current operating systems and how best to proceed!

Windows 10 is the final update from Microsoft and once you upgrade to it, your business will be issued regular updates, basically, we may never see a Windows 11!

Upgrading to Windows 10 gives you access to security patches and updates, that will ensure your data remains secure against cyberthreats.

Avoid potential breaches and maintain your cybersecurity by upgrading to Windows 10!

For more, contact our team or email enquiries@hcs.ie!

Avoid Tricks This Halloween By Upgrading To Windows 10 Before The End Of Support Deadline

Avoid Tricks This Halloween By Upgrading To Windows 10 Before The End Of Support Deadline

January 14th, 2020 is a date for your diaries. This is the date Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7, marking the end of over a decade of service from the operating system, which has become a favourite of users around the world.

Who is still using Windows 7?

Millions around the world are still using Microsoft 7.

Over the past few years, many people have opted to stay with Windows 7 rather than upgrade to Windows 8 or 10. An example of its popularity is that in 2009, Windows 7 broke Amazon UK’s pre-order records. Some years later, Windows 8 was released, however, many chose to stay with the tried and tested Windows 7. It was seen as a reliable operating system that was easy to use and navigate for all users. However, with the End of Support deadline quickly approaching, users must ask themselves if they are ready to upgrade to a new operating system?

What does the End of Support mean?

As Windows 7 End of Support is quickly approaching, what does this actually mean for Windows 7 users? Basically, it means the clock is ticking on their online security.

Microsoft, when a new operating system is released, commits to a support period. These periods often have a start and end date. During a support period, the operating system will receive regular patches and updates to ensure your data remains secure.

When support ends for a platform, it means that it no longer receives patches and these exploits will not be fixed. This means that your risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime will increase.

I use Windows 7 – What can I do?

You need to upgrade. You can continue to use Windows 7 until January 14th, 2020, but it is essential that you upgrade before this deadline. This could mean that you upgrade your operating system or your existing computer. Either way, to stay protected you should begin thinking about what to do.

There are two main options for Windows 7 users:

Upgrade to Windows 10 – The clear solution to the Windows 7 End of Support is to upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 is a reliable, functional and easy to navigate operating system. If you have an older computer, be sure to check that it has the specs to support Windows 10.

Buy a new computer – Another option for you, if you are currently using Windows 7 is to purchase a new computer. If you are using an aged machine, you may need to upgrade both your operating system and computer. Any new Windows PC you buy in 2019 will be preloaded with Windows 10.

To arrange an upgrade to Windows 10 or to learn more about upgrading your computer contact our sales team.

When will support end for Windows 10?

Support for Windows 10 may never end. At the time of its release, Microsoft stated that Windows 10 would be the ‘last Windows ever’. The goal is that Windows 10 will serve as an ever-evolving platform that will replace the more regular numbered updates we have seen in the past. This means that we will probably never see a Windows 11.

The chances are that over the years, and through its many updates, Windows 10 will change quite a bit from its original form while still retaining the same title.

However, although Windows 10 will continue without an end date, the versions of it will have end of support deadlines. Through continuous updates, Microsoft aims to prolong the life of Windows 10 for years to come. For this reason, it is essential that you keep your device up to date.

Now is the time to start thinking about upgrading your devices to Windows 10. Our team can help you create an upgrade plan to ensure your systems are upgraded before the January 14th, 2020 deadline. To help you begin your upgrading process, contact us to get your FREE Windows 7 Audit!

Windows 7 End of Support: Months away from End of Support and millions still haven’t upgraded

Windows 7 End of Support: Months away from End of Support and millions still haven’t upgraded

With just under 4 months until Microsoft stops issuing free patches for Windows 7, many devices are still operating on this platform, leaving users potentially vulnerable to bugs that will never be patched.

Throughout 2019, Microsoft has aimed to make users aware of the impending end of support for Windows 7 and encourage users to upgrade to Windows 10. However, many people have yet to upgrade. These systems will be easy targets for hackers after the January 14th, 2020 deadline when Microsoft stops providing security updates for Windows 7 devices.

 

What Can Windows 7 Users Do?

As the Windows 7 End of Support deadline is quickly approaching, it basically means that the clock is ticking on users’ online security.

When a new operating system is released, Microsoft commits to a support period. These periods often have a predetermined start and end date, during which time the operating system will receive regular patches and updates to ensure data remains secure.

When a support period ends, it means that it will no longer receive patches and bugs that could be exploited by hackers will not be fixed.

Basically, users who are still operating a Windows 7 device need to upgrade before January 14, 2020 deadline. This is an essential step in maintaining your cybersecurity.

 

There are two main options for Windows 7 users;

Upgrade to Windows 10 – The clear solution to the Windows 7 End of Support is to upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 is a reliable, functional and easy to navigate operating system. If you have an older computer, be sure to check that it has the specs to support Windows 10.

Buy a new computer – Another option for you, if you are currently using Windows 7 is to purchase a new computer. If you are using an aged machine, you may need to upgrade both your operating system and computer. Any new Windows PC you buy in 2019 will be preloaded with Windows 10.

To arrange an upgrade to Windows 10 or to learn more about upgrading your computer contact our sales team.

When Is The End of Support for Windows 10?

Support for Windows 10 will never end. At the time of its release, Microsoft stated that Windows 10 would be the ‘last Windows ever’. The goal is that Windows 10 will serve as an ever-evolving platform that will replace the more regular numbered updates that we have seen in the past. This means that we will probably never see a Windows 11.

The chances are that over the years, and through its many updates, Windows 10 will change quite a bit from its original form while still retaining the same title.

However, although Windows 10 will continue without an end date, the versions of it will have end of support deadlines. Through continuous updates, Microsoft aims to prolong the life of Windows 10 for years to come. For this reason, it is essential that you keep your device up to date.

Now is the time to start thinking about upgrading your devices to Windows 10. Our team can help you create an upgrade plan to ensure your systems are upgraded before the January 14th, 2020 deadline. To help you begin your upgrading process, contact us to get your FREE Windows 7 Audit!