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Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 one year from today!

Microsoft will terminate support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. You may think that is ages away, but it only gives you 12 months to get ready, and that is not much time.

Windows 7 is currently in a phase Microsoft has called "extended support" but by January 14th that support ends and there will be no more security updates.

 

What is end of life?

Products go through life cycles and as a company produces a new version the one it replaces heads towards end of life. When the end of life date arrives you will still be able to use Windows 7 but Microsoft will no longer offer support, and they will stop doing security updates.

Why does it matter?

Even after the Windows 7 end of life date, you can still use the operating system so what is the problem? The important part is that Microsoft will stop the security updates. A lot of these updates are created to fix vulnerabilities that are being used by hackers. With those updates gone your system would become an easy target to the new computer viruses and malware being created.

Security concerns

There are serious security concerns if you continue to use Windows 7 past the end of life date.

This is advice from Microsoft

 

"You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate, but you will stop receiving security and feature updates."

 

Microsoft will not take responsibility for any security breaches that happen to Windows 7 systems after 14th January 2020. Because new Malware is being developed daily, you will be at risk. Not only do you risk being hacked and losing all your data you risk a big fine for not being GDPR compliant. If you're using an operating system that is no longer receiving security updates you are not protecting personal data.

What to do next

If you have Windows 7, you should call your IT provider now to discuss your options for upgrading either operating system.

Upgrading is your only option. Although you will still be able to use Windows 7 after the end date, the lack of support and end of security options means it's not a viable option.

"Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10" that advice comes from Microsoft.

2020 may seem a long time away, but it's less than 12 months so you need to start thinking about budgets and the time it will take to upgrade.

For help on dealing with Windows 7 call us on 01978 869 182 and we can assist you.

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