Windows 7 support ends on January 14th 2020 – Will you be ready?
Microsoft have announced that they are ceasing updates and support for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14th 2020. This will mean that devices running either of these operating systems will no longer receive security updates and support from this date.
Microsoft advises all users and businesses to upgrade to a newer operating system such as Windows 10 before this date to avoid potential support and security issues. There is now less than six months before the deadline and so we are informing all our customers now to give everyone enough time to consider their options (operating system upgrades or replacement devices).
Microsoft will deliver a handful of reminder notifications through the end of 2019 with recommend actions to take ahead of Windows 7 end of support. To learn more about Windows 7 end of support, you can visit www.microsoft.com/windows7 where they also have a ‘frequently asked questions’ section.
We have listed some of the common questions on Microsofts website below but recommend you go through all the information on their website and if you have any other questions or would like to discuss all the options available to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What does end of support mean for me?
A. After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it’s important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.
Q. What should I do?
A. For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 will be the recommended path forward. Today’s PCs are faster, lightweight yet powerful, and more secure, with an average price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago.
Q. Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?
A. To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10. As an alternative, compatible Windows 7 PCs can be upgraded by purchasing and installing a full version of the software.
Q. How can I upgrade to Windows 10 for free?
A. The Windows 10 free upgrade offer ended on July 29, 2016. To get Windows 10 you will need to either purchase a new device or, if you have a compatible PC, purchase a full version of the software to upgrade your existing device. We recommend that you don’t install Windows 10 on an older device, as some Windows 7 devices are not compatible with Windows 10 or could experience reduced feature availability.
Q. What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?
A. If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer received software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft. Just Contact Us to discuss your options and requirements in more detail. Our advice is free of charge.