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Windows 7 end of life – are you ready?

May 13, 2019
Windows 7 will cease to be supported from 14th January 2020

On 14th January 2020, Microsoft will cease to support Windows 7 so users will no longer receive security updates or patches.  If you are running Windows 7 or any of the other Microsoft applications affected, you need to act before then to ensure your computer is secure and runs properly.

 

What does the withdrawal of support mean?

The withdrawal of support not only means that you will no longer receive security updates but also that Microsoft will cease to offer technical support for any issues related to Windows 7 or the other affected systems.

Therefore, in practical terms your computer will be less safe, vulnerable to cyber-attack and more prone to breaking down. You could also potentially fall foul of your GDPR obligations to keep customers data safe – e.g. if hackers were to be able to get into your system and steal customer data because security had not been kept up to date.

Is it just Windows 7 affected?

It is not just Windows 7 – other Microsoft applications including Office 2010, Exchange 2010, Small Business Server 2011 and Windows Server 2008 will also cease to be supported.

I might have Windows 7 – what should I do?

1.      Firstly check which version of windows you are running.  You can do this by pressing the Windows key (next to the alt key) and ‘R’ at the same time on your keyboard, then type ‘winver’ and select ‘OK’.

2.       In most cases if you have Windows 7, the best solution is almost always to buy a new device with Windows 10 on it. This may sound drastic but in most cases if your device is running Windows 7 it is likely to be at least 8 years old and slower and less powerful than modern PCs.

3.       It is possible to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 – but there is a cost benefit equation to calculate. Is it really worth paying the upgrade costs when it could be put towards a new PC which might not cost you that much more depending on the specification.  It is also important to know that some Windows 7 devices are not compatible with Windows 10 or could experience compatibility issues with new applications.

4.       Act soon – don’t leave it to the last minute, particularly if you have a few computers in your business. A controlled installation of new devices or software upgrade will potentially spread the cost and is much more likely to run smoothly than a last-minute panic!

How can Premieredge help?

As with all software and hardware options we can help you to decide whether you need new devices or if an upgrade would meet your needs.  If new computers are advised, we can help you to develop a specification around the other hardware/software in your business and source and install new devices. If there are computers where we advise an upgrade would be sufficient, we can source Windows 10 at a competitive price and manage this for you.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager or get in touch on 01275 400 300.