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Microsoft products all have a predetermined support life cycle and Windows 7 is no different. If you choose to continue with this dated system moving forward, it is going to be an “at your own risk” situation. Microsoft states, ” [We] made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.” So what does that mean for your business?
What does the Windows 7 End of Life Mean?
As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support the old Windows system. This means that you will no longer receive Windows updates or security updates. This leaves your PC vulnerable to cyber attacks and virus infections; which are prevalent in today’s society more than ever.
How do I Protect Myself?
If your business is still running on Windows 7, you have a few options going forward depending on the age of your computers:
- Your computers are aging: the recommendation is to replace them with a modern system that is running Windows 10
- Your computers are only a couple of years old: we can check the hardware compatibility with Windows 10. If everything checks out, we can upgrade your PC. This will require the purchase of a Windows 10 Pro License.