January 14th, 2020 marked the official end of Microsoft support for Windows 7, one of the most widely used software suites. Released in 2009, Windows 7 made some major leaps forward in usability and power, partly to make up for the previous flop of Windows Vista. It quickly became the top selling operating system of all time and is still used on millions of computers. What does your business need to know about Windows 7 no longer being supported? We’ll explain below.
Mainstream support ended for Windows 7 in 2015, meaning that warranty claims were no longer supported, or no new features being added. It moved into what is called an extended support phase, where Microsoft would release updates and patches to fix bugs and security holes. Will all support now finished; it is highly recommended to upgrade as soon as possible.
While Windows 7 will still work, it won’t be patched for new security threats, which is a major security concern, exposing your business to cyber-attacks. Hackers will without a doubt jump on the opportunity to target users that are still running Windows 7 with attacks and viruses.
If you haven’t already, your business should start planning to upgrade to Windows 10 or another supported operating system. Windows 10 is an ideal choice since the upgrade process is fairly easy and the program is familiar to users. The layout and interface are very similar and, in most cases, files from Windows 7 can be kept on devices.
While Windows 8 is newer than Windows 7 and still supported, it is recommended to not upgrade to this version. The reason is that it won’t be too much longer before this version is no longer supported as well. It is a better investment to choose Windows 10 and not have to be concerned about your software entering an end of life stage in the near future.
There are two options for upgrading to Windows 10, either contacting Microsoft directly or working with a certified partner, like MBC. We can review your current subscription level as well as ensure that your existing hardware is capable of supporting the operating system. Microsoft recommends at least 1 GB of 32-bit RAM, a 1 GHz processor and 16 GB hard disk space for 32-bit OS.
While it is a process to update your entire device fleet for your organization, we can make the process seamless and not disrupt productivity.
To find out more about how MBC can help your organization upgrade to Windows 10 and protect your business from security vulnerabilities, get a free assessment today.