D-day is January 14th
2020, so the good news is, you still have time to get prepared the bad news is, you don’t have much
So, what does end of life mean for Windows 7?
End of life is a term that Microsoft use to describe the period where they officially stop supporting a given application or operating system. The reason this is important, is because it means they will no long patch it with security updates and that can cause problems for businesses with valuable data. Moreover, because the end of life deadline for Windows 7 is widely advertised, Hackers know precisely when the application becomes vulnerable, giving them free reign to try and exploit it.
What can you do to stay secure?
Well first and foremost, it’s well worth considering upgrading your operating system to a new version such as Windows 10, which is still fully supported by Microsoft. This is an attractive option for many businesses because it stays within the Windows environment, making the process of upgrading relatively easy and with minimal disruption. It’s also similar in terms of layout, interface design and functionality to Windows 7, so there’s not such a steep learning curve required to move from one to the other.
When it comes to software upgrades and migrations, we have a couple of top tips too.
take a backup all of your files before you do anything. Then if anything does go array in the upgrade process, you’ve not lost potentially years of valuable work and data.
when upgrading from Windows 7, don’t be tempted to save a few pennies by just upgrading to Windows 8, in the long run it’s unlikely to be more economical as this too is likely to enter an end of life stage in the near future. We’d generally always recommend upgrading to the latest version available where possible.
Of course, just because you’ve used Windows before doesn’t necessarily mean you need to keep on using Windows for the future either, so this may also be a good time to consider some other options.
If you’re not sure what to do after January 14th
2020 or you’d like some help with upgrading your Windows 7 system then speak to our experts