End of life is the term that Microsoft uses to identify the period when the company will no longer support an operating system or application. January 14, 2020.
What does Windows 7 end of life mean for your security?
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.
In years past, when Microsoft has put software into end of life, the company has offered up some hefty patches in the run-up to the date, to secure the operating system as much as possible. And while that was a welcome decision, it also meant that hackers had free rein after the end-of-life period hit.
The fact is, the sooner people can get away from Windows 7 and switch to Windows 10, the better.
Call today 919.696.8178 to schedule an assessment of your system and devise a plan for a smooth transition to more current version of Windows!
Does end of life apply to all Windows 7 versions?
So, if you’re talking about all Windows 7 Versions, like Home and Pro, then yes – the date applies to all of them.
Windows for embedded devices such as ATMs or gas pumps have lifecycle dates that sometimes differ from versions of Windows that are used on PC devices.
How do I move to Windows 10 from Windows 7?
If you don’t want to move to Windows 10 initially, eventually you’ll have little choice. PC makers will be bundling Windows 10 into their machines, with no option to downgrade to Windows 7.
You can upgrade to Windows 10 as long as you have a PC that meets all of the requirements needed to run the operating system. Please feel free to reach out to Mansfield Computing Solutions for evaluation of your current system and recommendations on upgrading to Windows 10.
Can I keep using Windows 7?
There’s no one stopping you from staying with Windows 7 if you really like it, you’ll be using an operating system that is no longer supported nor comes with security updates.
Windows 7 will operate after the end-of-life date just as it does now, so you shouldn’t see any problems with your computer’s functionality. However, over time, you could start to see more security problems.
Support for Internet Explorer on a Windows 7 device will also be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows, Internet Explorer follows the support lifecycle of the Windows operating system it’s installed on.