Windows 7 End of Life
In insight / By Charlotte Tobulevicius / 21 June 2019
Windows 7 has been a firm favourite in many organisations since its release in 2009 and has also been one of the most successful Windows operating systems ever. However, earlier in 2019 Microsoft announced that Windows 7 was going to come to an end, and that end is fast approaching.
If you’ve already updated your operating system to Windows 10, great! If not, you may want to continue reading and consider making the move sooner rather than later.
When is Windows 7 End of Life?
On January 14th 2020, all security updates, software updates, bug fixes and technical support for Windows 7 will cease to exist; meaning that if you continue to use this operating system, your business and end users could be at risk.
For the most part, continuing to use Windows 7 after January 2020 is not a deal breaker, but it could result in poor operating system performance and compatibility issues. Additionally, with such a big update, there will be ample opportunity for hackers to take advantage of the most vulnerable and potentially expose your business to harmful security breaches and exploitation. Just because you can continue to use Windows 7, doesn’t mean you should. If you have been victim to a security breach in the past, read our blog on how to recover from the incident.
How to Prepare for Windows 7 End of Life
In order to prepare for Windows 7 going end of life, many businesses have already made the move over to Windows 10 - Microsoft’s latest operating system. We are encouraging all Nasstar customers to upgrade to this in advance of the January deadline to avoid any negative impact of continuing with the old operating system.
If you’ve upgraded your hardware in the last few years, or are planning to upgrade anyway, a move to Windows 10 could be fairly easy and you may even be able to do so using your existing license. It’s worth speaking to your account manager to find out how simple the upgrade could be for you.
Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?
There are a number of benefits that come with moving to Windows 10, so it’s not just about having a mandatory upgrade. The first advantage of upgrading from Windows 7 is that both operating systems are made by Microsoft, which means the upgrade process is relatively easy and, in most cases, you should be able to keep your files on your PC.
Moving to Windows 10 causes minimal disruption and the layout and interface are similar to Windows 7, so it shouldn’t take you long to adjust to the new operating system once installed.
Windows 10 comes with a whole plethora of features, from built-in security with the Windows Defender suite to helpful hints and tips from Cortana. This operating system serves as the space for Microsoft’s programs to shine and they work exceptionally well on Windows 10, whilst also giving users a more scalable and flexible solution.
If you’d like advice on switching to Windows 10 or more information on Windows 7 end of life, reach out to your account manager or contact our sales team today. At Nasstar, we will be happy to give you advice on the best way to seamlessly upgrade your operating system safely.