Windows 7 – Born in 2009
It’s hard to believe it’s already been 9+ years since Windows 7 was released.
Many businesses clung onto it’s predecessor Windows XP as long as they could, as many of their software companies rushed to update their software to allow compatibility with the newer operating systems.
By the time the software companies caught-up, Windows 8 had been released and was VERY poorly received. Not only were there major bugs with Windows 8, the newly released software updates and upgrades to allow compatibility with Windows 7 – would not work with Windows 8. So instead of moving from Windows XP to Windows 8, many businesses decided to upgrade to Windows 7.
Fortunately Windows 8 and 8.1 are behind us, and a Windows 10 has turned out to be a great platform.
With hard deadlines looming ahead – we must make sure all of our customers know about the risks and the reasons they should be abandoning the aging operating system.
Mainstream support ended January 13th 2015
Extended support ends January 14th 2020
END OF SUPPORT MEANS HUGE SECURITY RISKS
In January of 2020, Microsoft is officially discontinuing all support for the operating system, including the release of important security updates. As a result, companies running Windows 7 will no longer receive security updates and be left vulnerable to attack. Without continued support these attackers can infect a computer and put your business and financial data at serious risk.
ANTIVIRUS AND APPLICATIONS
Because Microsoft is discontinuing support, software companies will be following suit. Software such as antivirus, accounting systems, and other important business software will no longer be released to work and operate on retired operating systems. Because of this, businesses may get “stuck” on an older version of software they are running and will be unable to update their software. Software companies will soon also discontinue their support on the old versions of their software.
- Along with better security, Windows 10 comes along with a handful of time saving features.
- Improved Multi-Tasking with snap views
- Disk encryption
- Better performance
- Blue light filter
- Improved search
- Improved battery life
HOW TO UPGRADE
Higher hardware requirements, rebuild labor costs, and required downtime often make it not possible or not cost effective to upgrade Windows on existing computers, especially if the computer is over five years old and past it’s expected life cycle. Most often, it is more cost effective to replace the computer.
WHAT TO DO?
Contact us today to request an assessment to identify what computers are running Windows 7 and what software is being run on them. From there we can assist our clients in creating a comprehensive strategy and game plan to get the systems and software upgraded. The sooner this is done, the easier the process will be.