If you’re still using Windows 7 as your operating system, it’s time to start planning the upgrade to a newer version. Windows 7 is coming to an end, my friend. Microsoft has announced the end of life (EOL) for Windows 7 operating system by January 2020.
If you have been following previous blogs, social posts and the online news, we know this news about the end of Windows 7 may not come as a surprise. We understand if you have a special attachment to Win7 - many people do. But, with the birth and development of Windows 10, we can now say our goodbyes to its predecessor. Microsoft has announced that the free Windows 7 Support will no longer be available and that Win7 end-of-life (EOL) date will be on 14 January of next year.
I’m still running Windows 7. What does this mean for me?
Windows 7 has actually been around since 2009 which makes it 10 years old now. That’s pretty old when it comes to technology these days. Using a decade-old system that doesn’t receive security updates and technical support will mean that:
- Your computer system is going to be SLOOOOW and problematic, which means your productivity will be at all time low while your computer catches up to your brain speed.
- Security updates will no longer be delivered which makes you more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
- You’ll start seeing compatibility issues with applications you want to run on your system. While they are no longer playing nicely with Windows 7, they’ll be programmed to run best on the latest Windows OS.
- You might hear your friend talking about Win10’s cool new features and you can’t relate because your Windows 7 doesn’t receive any more updates. #FOMO 🙁
While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7 without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, Microsoft recommends the best way for you to stay secure is running Windows 10, and preferably on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on an older device, it is not recommended.
Are you being nagged?
Since April this year, loyal Win7 users have started to receive pop up messages from Microsoft to upgrade systems.
“After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing the end. January 14, 2020 is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates and technical support for computers running Windows 7. We know change can be difficult, that’s why we’re reaching out early to help you backup your files and prepare for what’s next.”
Microsoft allows users to ignore these messages, considering the risks involved in using an outdated operating system, it’s important not to turn a blind eye to this issue.
What do I do next?
What can you do to prevent being nagged and experiencing issues? The easiest answer will be to upgrade any computers in your business running Windows 7.
Ask for the assistance of your IT partner or Managed Service Provider (MSP) to assess your business’ computer fleet – they should be able to provide a report letting you know which computers are running outdated operating systems. From there, they can give you recommendations to move forward and upgrade all machines to Windows 10.
If it interests you, you can also have a listen to The Power Up Project’s latest podcast where Ben Love talks more about why he thinks Windows 7 Must Die. Microsoft has also provided a Windows 7 page to provide information about end of support.
If you happen to have any questions about upgrading to Windows 10 or purchasing a new Windows 10 computer, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. The #nerdherd would be glad to help. Download our free checklist by clicking on the link below to keep your upgrade project on track.