From January 14 2020 Microsoft will no longer be supporting our old favourite Windows 7. Yes its the end of an era which will affect all devices running Windows 7 including Home and Pro licenses.
Where did Windows 7 start?
Released four years after Windows Vista , Windows 7 was released on the 22nd July 2009 to overcome the critical flaws of the Vista operating system.
In just 6 months from its release, a hundred million copies of Windows 7 had been sold around the world and as of April of this year (2019) 33.38% of computers were still using the Windows 7 operating system.
Why is Windows 7 support coming to an end?
Windows 7 is old technology and as with all technology businesses, they need to allocate their time and resources to the right applications and services to ensure they remain competitive.
When will Windows 7 suppoort stop ?
Windows updates (including security patches) will cease for Windows 7.
Computers, PCs, laptops and mobile devices with this operating system will continue to work on and offline however they will be vulnerable when online.
If a PC or laptop is using Windows 7 and you never connect to the internet, this change will not be as detrimental however it may be a good time to upgrade to a new device if you intend to change your PC or laptop in the future.
This may make backing up existing files, photos and music easier whilst your older machine is still safe to use.
With the known date for the end of support, hackers will seek to exploit weaknesses in the Windows 7 operating system to take advantage of those still using it and there will be no security patches released to prevent this.
Using antivirus will limit the risks, however it will not be a fool-proof solution.
What are my options ?
If you connect your laptop or PC to the internet it’s best to move away from Windows 7, this means one of two options:
Upgrade your existing device to Windows 10 at a cost
OR buy a new device with the latest version of Windows 10.
Once you have upgraded to Windows 10 the problem has been averted and you are safe to continue using your device as before, however if your pc or laptop wasn’t suitable for the upgrade perhaps it’s time to trade it in and purchase a new computer.
There are three mainstream operating systems to choose from when making a new purchase:
- Mac OS (Apple)
All new laptops or PCs come with the latest version of the operating system they use.
If upgrading from a Windows machine you may prefer the familiarity of this platform, visit high street stores to test out different operating systems and hardware, if you’re used to using a desktop PC you may prefer the flexibility of laptop and vice versa,.
At Myriad Digital we are currently in the process of upgrading our clients businesses and charities to Windows 10.
If you’re upgrading your businesses PCs, laptops or servers we can help. At Myriad Digital we offer a range of attractive packages with future proof specification. We also offer finance packages to allow you to spread the cost of your new kit over 2 or 3 years.
So, don’t risk being left behind and vulnerable to cyber attacks, online criminals will be ready attack as soon as the end of support date arrives. Call us on 01626 360011 to dicuss your requirements.