Windows 7 – End of Life – January 2020

Microsoft is discontinuing extended support for Windows 7

Microsoft has announced that it will deem Windows 7 ”end of life” in January 2020, meaning that they will discontinue all support including paid support and all security updates.  Thus, after January 2020, if you continue to use Windows 7 your computer could be the target of hacking and ransomware.  If that computer is on a corporate network, it may be the gateway for a larger infection.

Extended support

Between now and then the operating system (OS) is in an in-between phase known as ”extended support”. During this phase, Microsoft is still offering paid support, which is expensive, especially for corporate customers. This is even more expensive for customers using the Professional version of Windows 7.

Update KB4493132

As the Windows 7 end of life quickly approaches, Microsoft is trying to make sure their customers know that support for the operating system is ending and encouraging them to move to Windows 10.

To spread the message, Microsoft released an update (on 21 March, 2019) to Windows 7 –KB4493132 – which displays notifications reminding Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 before January 2020. The update is optional but anyone with automatic updates turned on, cannot evade the message from Microsoft. If automatic are disabled, you will not get these notifications.

Why must you upgrade?

It is important to have a supported version of Windows so that your operating system continues to get patched against known vulnerabilities. If your computer is on the latest version of Windows it will automatically be more secure as Microsoft is constantly applying updates to secure the Windows environment for supported operating systems.

Microsoft is not only upgrading the Operating System but also improving the performance of applications on the new system as well. For example: the Microsoft Office suite will perform much better on Windows 10.

Based on my personal experience, if you install Microsoft Office 2016 on older versions of Windows you will not see the true potential of these applications.

Conversion

The most important thing on your Windows 7 machine is the data you have stored on it. You have two main options to move the data:

  1. Upgrade to Windows 10 and wait for the option to move your files to the new system.
  2. Purchase a new machine that comes with Windows 10 installed.

In both cases it is recommended to copy your data to an external device and then restore it to your new Windows environment. For corporate users upgrading in bulk, Triella can help facilitate your migration from Windows 7 to 10 seamlessly. Call us now to get started!

For more information on Windows 7 going end of life, click here.

Muhammad Adil is a Client Support Specialist at Triella.  We are a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium-sized firms. Muhammad can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to our blog page. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.

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