Windows 7 End of Support

Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015. If your business is still running on Windows 7, you have some important decisions to make, and not a lot of time remaining. Windows 7 extended support officially ends in less than a year, on January 14, 2020. After that date, Microsoft will stop delivering security updates automatically, and by then most third-party vendors will have dropped support as well.

Option 1

Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free. Windows 7 Home and Pro can still be upgraded to windows 10 without having to purchase a new license. To find out more about this free upgrade contact us.

Option 2

Pay for extended support. For the first time, Microsoft has publicly stated that it will carry on supporting Windows 7, for users willing to pay. It did the same with Windows XP. Prices will vary depending on volume (charges are per machine), and how far out from the End of Life date. By January 2023, which forms the absolute stop date, you may be paying a pretty penny.

Option 3

Purchase a new device that contains Windows 10. If your device is already slow and getting outdated, this may be the right time to replace the device. Modern devices are much smaller, faster and more capable than anything 6+ years old.

Option 4

Do nothing. End of life doesn’t mean the device will stop working. However the device will be vulnerable to exploits and security. Using a device without updates could easily put your personal or business information at risk.

Summary

Windows 7 was a great operating system when it was released. Microsoft will end all free support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. Windows 10 contains all the features of windows 7 and much more. Many of the tasks that require multiple menus and clicks can usually be done faster with a single click.

If you would like to upgrade to windows 10 or purchase a new device contact us for more info.