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October 31, 2019

What Does Windows-7 End of Life Mean to my Business?

You’ve all heard the panic. Windows is cutting off support for its widely popular version 7 software. January 14, 2020 will officially mark Windows 7 End of Life. Many companies have used Windows 7 since it launched in 2009 and are still actively using it today. So, what’s the big deal? Can you just stick with Windows 7 or will your computer self-destruct?

The good news is that your computers will work just fine after the End of Life date. However, just because your computer will function doesn’t mean it’s wise to hold onto outdated software. The largest concern for Windows 7 users is security. Since updates and support will no longer be available, your device will be extremely vulnerable to cyber threats. In fact, this is a bit of a hacker’s dream. They are standing by, knowing people will neglect to update their operating system.

Windows 7 is actually already in its ‘extended support’ phase and has been since 2015! Microsoft ended mainstream support including new features and warranty claims. Yet, throughout this time, Windows has kept virus patches and security bug fixes up to date. With End of Life, that will go away. IT and security experts alike strongly suggest migrating your operating system to something current before the Windows EOL date.

Currently, there are a few options to choose from when it comes to Windows 7 EOL.   Many PCs from Dell and HP were shipped with a Windows 10 license but were intentionally downgraded to Windows 7.  They have the power to run Windows 10, and usually can simply be ‘upgraded’ back to Windows 10.  Most PCs that are more than 3 years old do not have sufficient CPU power or memory to run Windows 10 satisfactorily. 

It’s important to begin working with us at Fuller Information Technology on this migration as soon as possible to determine your most cost-effective route.  We will take a look at the devices you are using, determine how many are utilizing Windows 7, and ensure your hardware isn’t out of date.  Not all computers will be able to handle a new operating system, which could make a migration take much longer, more difficult, and costlier as you upgrade hardware. At Fuller Information Technology, our team will provide a recommended path for an upgrade with a clear budget and timeline for completion.

Overall, take some time to plan your transition. Talk to us if you need additional help or options. Most of all though, get moving now.  EOL will be here in no time.