Microsoft has determined that Windows 7 is at ‘End Of Life’ as of January 14, 2020!
What has surprises me, is the number of Businesses that still have Windows 7 in their fleet of desktops and laptops.
Here is what Microsoft have to say ‘Windows 7 – End of Support’
Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?
Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs with a full Windows 10 license. However, in order to take full advantage of the new Windows 10 capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10.
What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?
You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.
Can Windows 7 still be activated after January 14, 2020?
Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10.
Will Internet Explorer still be supported on Windows 7?
Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support life-cycle.
Will my applications keep working on Windows 7 ?
As with the end of support for Windows XP, during 2020, you can expect all the major application vendors to stop supporting Windows 7. Specifically, Anti-Virus applications which further exposes not only your systems but also your line of business applications.
What should I do?
For most Windows 7 users there are three options:
- Moving to a new device with Windows 10 will be the ‘recommended’ path forward. Today’s PCs are faster, lightweight, yet powerful and more secure, with an average price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago.
- Higher performing older PCs may only need an SSD disk upgrade combined with the Windows 10 upgrade. This reduces the impact on your users and for suitable systems it is a cost effective solution.
- Higher performing older PCs which have already been upgraded to an SSD disks, may only need the in-place Windows 10 upgrade.