Windows 7 End Of Life – Why should you care?

Support for Windows 7 will come to an end on 14 January 2020, 10 years after its launch.

After Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on 13 January 2015, the extended support which is currently available will come to ‘end of life’ on 14 January 2020. ‘End of life’ means that Microsoft will discontinue all support, including paid support, and all updates and security updates.

But don’t worry! There are a number of ways in which you are able to prepare for Windows 7 end of life. Keep reading for more information on Windows 7 end of life, what it means for you and your business, and how we can help you update your business’ IT systems.

So, why you should upgrade from Windows 7?

Despite Windows 7 being a decade old, it is still incredibly popular. A report from Netmarketshare suggested that Windows 7 is still being used on approximately over a third of PCs.

With the news that Windows 7 will no longer be supported come January 2020, the amount of users still using the operating system is concerning. Whilst your computer will still function after the end of life date, Microsoft will no longer provide any security updates or fixes, leaving you vulnerable to any new viruses or security problems.

Plus, if a large number of people do continue to use Windows 7 after its end of life date, it may provide an incentive for malicious users to purposely target Windows 7 users with viruses.

Get prepared for Windows 7 end of life

There are a number of ways that you and your business can prepare for Windows 7 end of life and ensure your data, files and operating systems are better protected. If you need any further information on upgrading your current systems, purchasing hardware and data storage, Active is able to fulfil your requirements and offer additional advice.

Upgrade to Windows 10: If you are currently using Windows 7, you may have started to get some alerts to encourage you to update to Windows 10. Windows 10 is faster than Windows 7, meaning you can benefit from a high-speed, easy-to-use and secure system. Most programs you are already using will more than likely have also been updated to work on Windows 10, with the layout and interface kept similar to Windows 7, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to adjust.

Purchase a new PC: It’s important to be wary of overspending on upgrading your existing PC as it may be more cost-effective to buy a new PC in the long run. A new PC is likely to be more reliable, powerful and last longer than upgrading your current machine. Most new PCs also already come with Windows 10 already installed so it will run more efficiently than upgrading your current system.

Back-up your data: Whatever option you decide, you should make sure that all of your files, documents and folders are securely backed up. You can do this by copying your files to an external hard drive, or you could use a cloud storage service, such as Microsofts One Drive, which uploads your data to the internet and allows you to download it to your new device.

To find out more on how to move your businesses away from Windows 7, get in touch to arrange a free IT Audit. Call me on 07540 706 857 or email simon.tilsley@activeukltd.com.

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