Did you know that come 14th January 2020, Microsoft will be beginning the Windows 7 end of life phase?
The decade old operating system will cease all support come January, meaning Microsoft will no longer be applying security updates to Windows 7 on laptops or desktops, and there is unlikely to be a support team to help should you have encounter problems in the future.
What will happen to my computer?
Although Windows 7 support will be coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that the operating system will completely stop working. But this doesn’t mean that you should carry on using it.
Microsoft will secure Windows 7 to the best of their ability before the end of life is put into place. However new viruses, malware, ransomware & other detrimental programmes will be developed over time, and without the support from Microsoft to release security patches you can be left open to security breaches and the possibility of hackers infecting your tech. Security breaches aren’t the only problem though. Potential risks include:
- Software incompatibility: like apps on your phone, programmes on your computer are built & updated to run with the latest operating systems. This means that over time, you won’t be able to update your applications when patches and new features are released.
- Unreliable: using old equipment along with outdated systems increases the likelihood of breakdowns. Bear in mind that old devices are usually out of warranty, meaning you won’t get any support to get them replaced.
- Workforce performance & increased costs: Unsupported & outdated software can significantly increase your running costs, especially if you are paying a company to patch updates for you on a system that is no longer supported. Not only that, working with equipment that will deteriorate will mean that your workforce will be less efficient and productivity will lower.
- Business Disruptions: many businesses rely on devices to be connected to servers and systems. If something becomes infected, it can travel through your infrastructure and create a problem that can take time to fix
NOTE: Microsoft has been known to block older machines from using Windows 7 support without any pre-warning, so those still using this operating system should be wary and make preparations for an alternative as soon as possible.
How can I make sure that I am not affected?
To ensure that your important information is protected, you should try and make sure you have your computer or laptop updated to Windows 10 well before January 2020. Otherwise, if you’re thinking about an update in hardware or software, we can help with a new desktop replacement or upgrading your system to Microsoft Azure. See more details below about this.
New Desktop Replacement
• New Windows 10 Pro PC
• High Performance Specification
• Hardware & Software Service Contract
• Set Monthly Fee, No Capital Expenditure
Microsoft Azure Cloud Service
Microsoft Azure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)
• Latest Windows software with excellent speeds
• Unrivalled flexibility and future proofing
• Extend the life of your existing PC’s
• Fixed, monthly & pay-as-you-go options
• 99.99% guaranteed uptime