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Microsoft long ago announced that they are stopping mainstream support for Windows 7, an immensely popular operating system that many users will be reluctant to say goodbye to. In case you don’t know, operating systems are the foundational software that make your computer run properly.
All support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020. This means no more bug fixes or security updates. Over time, the usability of Windows 7 will degrade. There will be a loss of usability and increased vulnerability.
End Of Support Leads To Security Vulnerabilities
This means that you won’t get bug fixes or security updates from Microsoft. Over time, the security and reliability of Windows 7 will make your computers vulnerable:
Yes – your applications may not be updated, your other software could be incompatible, utilities won’t be supported, and new devices may not connect to your system.
Computer manufacturers will no longer support Windows 7, meaning devices like printers, desktops, laptops and more won’t be guaranteed to work as they should. Your security programs and third-party browsers won’t support Windows 7. When you browse the Web, you could be exposed to cyber threats.
Loss of usability will have the following consequences:
Increased vulnerability can present the following issues:
Yes, you should begin planning an upgrade to Windows 10 on all of your workstations and be prepared to have the upgrade complete by the end of 2019.
Upgrading from Windows 7 to 10:
With Windows 10’s new application programming interface called Windows RunTime, your Windows Store Apps are remotely installed and updated. They can also be cleanly uninstalled.
There are RunTime apps for Mail, Photos, Maps, Calendar, Groove Music and more. And you can easily download any of the 700,000 applications from the Windows Store.
If your computer is three or more years old, and running Windows 7, in most cases it makes sense to get a new one.
For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with a Windows 10 operating system is the best path forward. Today’s PCs are faster, lighter in weight, more powerful, and provide increased security.
The average price is considerably less than that of the average PC was eight years ago. This Guide from Microsoft can help you choose a new PC in just a few easy steps.
End Of Life is just a part of doing business – no matter what hardware or software you use, eventually it’ll reach the end of its life.
If you need help in managing End Of Life, allow us to assist – our team can assist in building a plan for migrating. We have tools to perform an automated inventory to determine what your best path forward should be.
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