Windows 7 deadline for support from Microsoft has come to a close, with its end of life completed yesterday, January 14, 2020. To ensure your computers are getting the most advanced security and software patches from Microsoft, you’ll need to be running an operating system that’s still supported, i.e., Windows 10.
What is the end of life of Windows 7?
Windows 7 end of life (EOL) means that Microsoft no longer supports the operating system and urges that all users upgrade to Windows 10.
In practical terms, it means that after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer deliver security updates or patches for Windows 7. Without security assurance, any existing vulnerability in the operating system, or any identified in the future, will not be fixed. The end of life also extends to user support and you, therefore, will not be able to call Microsoft for technical support if you have an issue.
Windows 7 has been loved amongst many IT departments and home-users alike, but its standing as a secure and reliable operating system has approached its end. Just like all operating systems before it, Windows 7 has ultimately reached the end of its lifecycle, making this upgrade a crucial task for the safety of your PC.
Will Windows 7 work after January 14, 2020?
Some business owners have been tempted to overlook the end of life warning due to the expense and the time-consuming work required to upgrade their computers. We understand. Of course, most likely, your job or business objectives stretch far and wide, and another expense in terms of time, money and labor is the last thing on your mind.
We concede how tempting it is for you to disregard the big hairy end of life warning and instead send another email, make a cup of coffee, or even water the office plants.
We can hear you asking- if computers are still going to work on January 15, 2020, then why not just keep Windows 7?
While your computer did not darken when the clock struck midnight on January 14, 2020, and your machine will continue to function, running an unsupported version of Windows will expose your device to be vulnerable to any security issues that exist or arise. These will not be patched and could, therefore, be misused by hackers, malware, or viruses.
Most importantly, if you are using your Windows 7 in a business context, this will pose a significant security risk to the corporation. Even a single outlasted Windows 7 device on the network could jeopardize all the data.
What do we recommend to our clients?
For those resistant to upgrade either due to budget reasons or technological favorites, or for those who have been caught unexpectedly by the deadline, it’s a vital time to make a crucial shift.
With cyber-attacks getting more powerful, operating the latest, safest version of Windows is something requiring little or no thought and should be the core reason for you to upgrade immediately.
Additionally, Windows 10 has multiple performance improvements that will make your PC better in numerous ways. It’s more economical and efficient, which indicates laptop batteries will last longer when they’re unplugged. It’s also faster at powering up from sleep mode, so you won’t have to wait so long for your PC to be available for use.
As Windows 10 is Microsoft’s most up-to-date operating system, it receives plenty of frequent updates that boost Windows 10’s security credentials. While nothing is ever 100% safe, Windows 10 is undoubtedly the front runner. Furthermore, you will benefit from automatic Windows Updates, meaning that you will be less likely to miss an important operating system patch that fixes a critical security problem.
Despite the past due deadline, there is still time. Upgrade your Windows 7 PC today to establish a secure network and avoid potentially devastating problems. Here at Millennium Group, we are experts at providing Windows 10 upgrade and migration services. We deliver customized information technology solutions across all platforms for organizations of any size. We are experienced in helping our clients in establishing the best strategy, and we have the best resources to assist you with your migration and beyond.