Windows 7 end of life has been a long time coming, but on January the 14th 2020, Windows 7 will officially go out of support. Your PC will still work – but if anything goes wrong your entire business could grind to a halt.
From this date, Windows 7 will receive:
- No IT Technical Support
- No Software Updates
- No Security Updates
Remaining on Windows 7 after this date is a big risk. And it’s risky in many different ways.
No security updates for Windows 7 means if a new possible breach is discovered – it will never be fixed. Devices running Windows 7 will be a lot more vulnerable to malware and viruses. Running a business or charity on this operating system could pose a risk to customer data you receive and could end up in a breach and a GDPR fine.
Cyber-criminals and hackers are likely to wait till after the End Of Support date and then try to find ways to exploit the vulnerable software. If lots of people choose to stick with Windows 7, cyber-criminals will have a higher success rate. So, the faster you can upgrade to Windows 10, the better.
Putting security aside briefly, Windows 7 is simply inferior software. The quality of the system is nowhere near as high as Windows 10. Some software may not work completely correctly as it is designed for Windows 10, and some software may not work at all.
Running Windows 7 machines in the workplace will affect productivity and quality of work. The operating system came out 10 years ago and technology has improved in that time.
If something breaks on your machine running Windows 7, you will receive no official support from Microsoft. It’s also possible that there will be no fix. This could grind your entire business to a halt.
This will cost you far more than the price of upgrading to Windows 10.
Preparing for Windows 7 end of life
It’s important not to worry about the upcoming Windows 7 end of life. In fact, being prepared for no more support is the key to making sure your business’s IT systems still remain faultless.
Here at IT Works, we can help your business stay up-to-date with the latest IT solutions. With our IT management services, we’ll ensure your machines are upgraded with new software that offer the highest levels of support for your workforce.
If you currently run Windows 7 and want to know more about the upgrade process, after Windows 7 end of of life, head to our website today. Or, call 0121 2700808 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.
If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on IT Solutions for Businesses.