Today marks the 1 year countdown to the end of Windows 7 support. This means that on January 14th 2020 Microsoft will put an end to Windows 7 security updates, bug fixes, and all support.

The Windows 7 end of support is similar to that of previous Microsoft OS. Microsoft states, “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.”

 

Windows 7 EOL

 

How will it affect my business?

Will I need to make changes in my business?

Operating systems ending support can be a significant challenge for businesses. It can take significant investment in time and money for businesses to prepare to upgrade their systems. When Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in 2014, it affected 40% of the world’s computers.

Will I still be able to use Windows 7?

You will still be able to use Windows 7 after 14th January 2020, but you need to be aware that machines running this outdated operating systems will be vulnerable to cyber-attacks and bugs. Many organisations that continued to run Windows XP long after its expiry suffered serious cyber-attacks.

What should I do to prepare?

Start planning your transition to Windows 10 well in advance of the 2020 deadline so you have time to address issues while Windows 7 is still supported. You will need to examine your current internal infrastructure to identify a budget and plan for a smooth transition to Windows 10.

Amitech IT can help your business with audits of your current internal infrastructure and identify what machines you need to upgrade to create a clear plan for the transition.