Microsoft has announced the date for Windows 7 End of Support, this date is January 14th, 2020. From this date, Microsoft will no longer update or provide support for Windows 7.
While Windows 7 is now many years old (it launched in 2009), it is still one of the most widely used operating systems. If you are still using Windows 7, we’ll guide you through how you can be prepared for Windows 7 End of Support. As Windows 7 is now approaching its End of Support, after the January 14th, 2020 deadline, users will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Users must now start thinking about finally moving on from Windows 7 to the more modern Windows 10.
If you are currently using Windows 7, we’ll explain how you can get ready for Windows 7 End of Support.
Windows 7 End of Support: When is the deadline?
Windows 7 End of Support begins on January 14th, 2020. Until this date, Windows 7 users can avail of ‘extended support’. As with all operating systems, after some time the company will end its support as it continues to create new systems, etc.
Mainstream support ended for Windows 7 on January 13th, 2015, which meant new features stopped being added and warranty claims were no longer valid. However, during the extended warranty phase, which Windows 7 entered after the end of its mainstream support, the operating system will still receive patch and security updates to ensure bugs are fixed.
When Windows 7 enters its End of Support phase, this support will end as well.
Windows 7 End of Support: What happens next?
When Windows 7 reaches its End of Support phase on January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system. It is likely that it also won’t offer assistance and support if you encounter any problems with Windows 7.
This does not mean that Windows 7 will stop working on January 14th, 2020, you will still be able to use Windows 7 for as long as you want. However, just because you can use Windows 7 after the deadline, doesn’t mean you should.
The main issue with continuing to use Windows 7 is that it won’t be patched for any new viruses or security problems once it enters its End of Support phase. This will leave you extremely vulnerable to emerging threats. While you can continue to use Windows 7 after January 14th, 2020, you should start planning to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
Windows 7 End of Support: What should you do?
If you are still using Windows 7, what should you do? There are a number of things we would recommend you do in preparation for Windows 7 End of Support. Firstly, consider upgrading to a more up to date operating. system. While you have a number of choices when upgrading your operating system, the easiest option is to upgrade to Windows 10.
Windows 7 End of Support: Upgrading to Windows 10
Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has many benefits. Primarily, as both operating systems are made by Microsoft, the upgrading process is relatively easy and in many cases you can keep your files on your PC, however, we do recommend you move to cloud computing for security and data protection reasons.
Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 means you will experience minimum disruption when upgrading. Most programs you use will also be upgraded to work with the Windows 10 operating system. If you have grown accustomed to the Windows 7 layout, Windows 10 has a similar interface and you shouldn’t find it too difficult to adjust.
If you would like to begin the process of upgrading to Windows 10 or to learn more about how the Windows 7 End of Support affects your business, contact us!