Windows 7 End of Support – January 14, 2020
After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end as of January 14, 2020. This does not mean devices running Windows 7 will stop functioning. It does mean that Microsoft will no longer provide the following for Windows 7:
- Technical support for any issues
- Software updates
- Security updates and fixes.
This means that computers running on Windows 7 will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. To avoid these risks, Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10.
Before you consider upgrading your computer’s operating system to Windows 10, ensure that the hardware meets minimum requirements for Windows 10. If it does not, then the next option is to purchase a new device that is running Windows 10. Keep in mind that newer computer hardware is faster, more capable, and has greater compatibility with the latest technology.
Technology does not last forever, but change does not have to be a bad thing. This is an opportunity to improve existing technology and security in your business. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 is the most secure Windows operating system ever. If you are still running Windows 7 or earlier, please reach out to us. We are here to help businesses make the transition easy.
If your computer is currently running Windows 10 then no further action is required.
Frequently Asked Questions for Windows 7 End of Support
How do I know what Windows operating system I have?
See link for instructions on how to determine which version of Windows operating system you are running.
Which version of Windows 10 is right for my business?
For most businesses we recommend Windows 10 Pro because of the additional features such as BitLocker, remote desktop, and ability to join domains.
Compare Windows 10 Home versus Pro
Why is Microsoft recommending Windows 10?
According to Microsoft, Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever built. See here for a list of Windows 10 features and security.
How will end of support for Windows 7 affect Microsoft Office applications?
If you are using Office 365 on unsupported operating systems you may experience performance and reliability issues over time. Security updates for Office 365 under Windows 7 will continue to be provided by Microsoft until January 2023.
Non-subscription versions of Office such as Office Home and Business will continue to be supported based on Microsoft’s Fixed Lifecycle Policy. However, if a problem arises with Office and it is a result of the combination of Office and an unsupported operating system such as Windows 7 (after January 14, 2020), the problem will not be supported.