Windows 7 – end of life

Windows 7 has lived a long life (since 2009). Like Windows XP before it, it’s been a solid, stable, and popular operating system. However, it needs to be put out to pasture. Mainstream support ended for it back in 2015, and extended support will end a bit over a year from now (January 2020) when Windows 7 reaches end-of-life. You should plan accordingly.

What does end of life mean? End of Life means that Microsoft will no longer release any security updates or patches, and security flaws that hackers find will not be fixed. Even with security software installed, your computer will be vulnerable.

What does this all mean to me? If you still have Windows 7-powered computers at your office, you need to start making plans to replace them and budget accordingly. While those systems will continue to work after Windows 7 reaches end of life, you’re putting you and your business data at risk if you continue to use them.

What do we recommend?
Windows-7-EOLThe upgrade path from Windows 7 to 10 wasn’t nearly as painful as the upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. The interface takes a bit to get used to, but it’s stable and works well (Windows 8 should be avoided, as Vista should have been post-Windows XP).  We also don’t recommend upgrading current hardware to a new OS unless it’s a fairly new machine with a downgraded license. We generally recommend replacing the hardware entirely. Typically, while the cost of the upgrade software (if you can find it) appears to be cheaper than replacing the hardware, you’ll end up spending a great deal more time getting the upgrade to work properly versus getting a new system that is built to run a new operating system. Starting from scratch and just moving the data you need is going to be a more pleasant experience in the long run.


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