Like all good things come to an end, Windows 7 too is at the verge of an end! With Windows 7 end of life, Microsoft has declared the end of all security updates and support for Windows 7 from January 14, 2020. This, of course, brings a thousand questions in the minds of users who have been connected with this version of the Windows operating system since October 22, 2009. In this blog, we have tried to answer some of these pressing questions.
Although it does sound like the end of the world, however, it isn’t! Windows 7 will not completely shut down or stop functioning by 15 January 2020. If you are using Windows 7, you will still be able to use it for as long as you want, provided you will not be able to update it anymore. No system updates or security patches will be available for Windows 7 after the said time, hence it is called Windows 7 end of life. That means, there will no longer be access to the latest security, no software updates, no app updates, moreover, new apps might not be supportive. Therefore, in a nutshell, six months after Microsoft Windows 7 end of life, you will feel like a caveman if you are still using the version. Also, in addition to zero access to any updates, if you, by anyhow need any technical assistance, I’m afraid you won’t find any. Microsoft will not provide any technical assistance or PC security products for Windows 7.
Like mentioned before, you will still be able to work on Windows 7, even after windows 7 end of life. However, your PC will become more vulnerable to viruses and security risks. Imagine your business still running on Windows 7 after the support has ended. Do you foresee these risks affecting your business?
Your confidential data and private company details will be at risk of being manipulated without a strong security patch. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the common security threats you will have to worry about.
Windows 7 embedded devices like ATM’s, gas pumps, etc. usually have a different lifecycle date from that of the Windows version used in PC. Hence, these devices may have to worry about the update a bit later than the rest of the users.
So What Should You Do?
What does Microsoft say: Although Windows 7 would still continue to function normally after Windows 7 end of life and it may seem comfortable to continue using it, rather than migrating to a whole new operating system; it is highly recommended by experts to update your PC to Windows 10. Microsoft strongly recommends its users to shift with the new updates and no longer use an unsupported version of Windows. Microsoft confirms that Windows 7 will no longer be secure to use and they take no responsibility in case of a threat or attack.
For a growing business or an established company, it is quite a necessity to migrate to Windows 10, to keep data and company privacy intact. To learn more on how to migrate safely to Windows 10 and how to cope with the new changes, stay tuned to our latest articles or simply get in touch with our experts today!