Windows 7 End of Life

On January 14, 2020 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 on laptops and desktops. How will this impact you?

If you are currently one of the millions across the globe that still rely on this operating system, Microsoft will no longer patch security updates to you. While you will still be able to “use” Windows 7, you will potentially be at a higher risk of being targeted by hackers and you will not be able to call on Microsoft for help. Therefore, as of January 14, 2020 you will be on your own to defend yourself against hackers.

Microsoft has been pushing their customers for quite some time to move towards Windows 10.  Encouraging this transition among their users has been more problematic than they anticipated. Hence, Windows 7’s end of life. ‘End of life’ is simply a term Microsoft uses to identify the period when the company will no longer support an operating system or application.

Shopping around for a new computer? Windows 10 will become a bundled package when you buy a new personal computer (PC).  If you decide to upgrade to Windows 10 you can do so as long as you have a full Windows 10 license with a PC that meets all of the requirements needed to run the operating system.

Is this all too soon and overwhelming? Are you just not ready to transition? For some, Microsoft is offering an extended support program through January 2023 on a per-device basis for a fee. This program is targeted more towards customers that have a Windows 7 license agreement for larger businesses that already had an agreement in place. If you purchased your license retail, and own a small business, you will not be able to receive the extended support.

If you are in need of assistance with transitioning away from Windows 7, you can reach out to our Tech Advantages IT services division. We will work with you to create solutions tailored to your specific needs and situation. Let our experienced IT team work for you! To see our list of IT services you can click, here.