Windows 7 End of Life (January 14, 2020)

by | Mar 13, 2019 | Wharncliffe News

All good things must come to an end, after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running the Windows 7 operating system. Given the potential threats this poses your business through viruses, malware, and ransom, we strongly recommend that customers with Windows 7 users upgrade these systems to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

Customers should be aware that Windows 7 will start to display notifications that inform users of the impending end to support. The pop-ups will only appear occasionally to remind users about upgrading.

What does Windows 7 End of Life mean for me and my business?

When Windows 7 reaches its End of Life phase in January, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system. Potentially putting your system security and stability at risk, and making you extremely vulnerable to any emerging threats. In addition, should a large number of businesses continue to use Windows 7 after the End of Life date, this could actually be a big incentive for malicious users to target these systems with malware and virus attacks. We have answered a couple of frequently asked questions below.

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Can I use my system after January 14 2020?

This announcement doesn’t mean Windows 7 will stop working on January 14th. You will still be able to use your Windows 7 system in its End of Life status for as long as you wish to do so, though we don’t recommend this due to the issues and risks noted above.

Will I need to replace my Windows 7 PCs?

Although it may be possible to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 on your existing PCs (in some circumstances), given the age of PCs running Windows 7 it is highly likely that you will need to replace them, In doing so, this will allow your users to take advantage of the latest enhancements in processing power/security & operating features Windows 10 offers to help with their day-to-day work productivity.

What should I do now?

While Windows 7 will continue to work after January 14 2020, we highly recommend that you upgrade your system to Windows 10 as soon as possible to prevent any unforeseen issues and security risks from affecting your business.

Should you have any questions regarding Windows 7 End of Life; what this means and how your business may be affected, or if you would like to discuss upgrading Windows 10 contact us on info@wharncliffe.co.uk or call us on 01226 361 100, or fill out the form below.

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