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!