Posted by iTech Support on 15th February 2019
On January 14th 2020 Microsoft will end extended support for the Windows 7 Operating System. This is often referred to as end-of-life for the software.
What does this mean and do you need to prepare for Windows 7 End of Life
Why is Microsoft Ending Support?
The Windows 7 “end of life” cycle is similar to that of previous Microsoft Operating Systems (OS). Microsoft states, “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.”
What Does End of Life Mean?
“End of life” is the date after which an application is no longer supported by the company that makes it. After Windows 7 “end of life”, you could continue to use the OS, but you would be doing so at your own risk. New computer viruses and other malware are being developed all the time and, without the security updates to fight them off, your data and your system would be vulnerable.
What Can You do to Prepare?
To prepare for Windows 7 End of Life you need to first identify the machines that are running the Operating System.
Once you know what you’ve got its time to think about upgrading or replacing.
The specification for running Windows 10 are fairly modest so most older machines will be able to run this. However, upgrading can prove to expensive – a licence is over £200. Therefore, it may prove a better opportunity to replace and refresh older hardware as anything running Windows 7 is likely to need replacing soon anyway.
How We Can Help?
If you are already a client of Itech Support, we will be contacting you to discuss the next steps.
If you are not already a client of Itech Support, get in touch with us and we can assist you in preparing for Windows 7 end of life. We can go through the best solution that meets your needs to ensure a smooth transition.
For more information or advice about your IT requirements, give Itech Support a call on 01923 674091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org