Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that they can focus their investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.
The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protects your PC will no longer be available for the product.
Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.
The lack of security updates moving forward will mean vulnerabilities in the Operating System will allow attackers to exploit any areas that Microsoft would normally provide security patches for via windows updates.
Therefore, it’s both Excalibur’s and Microsoft recommendation these workstations are replaced for newer models which have Windows 10 installed. Further updates can be found on the Microsoft website.
What does this mean for me?
After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it’s important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.
What should I do if I still use Windows 7?
For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 will be the recommended path forward. Today’s PCs are faster, lightweight, yet powerful and more secure, with an average price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago. If this is something you would like to explore, please get in touch so we can organise a quotation to replace your windows 7 workstations.
Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?
Although windows 7 hardware may be entitled to upgrade to windows 10 operating system, the advice is to refresh the hardware itself to give longevity to your workstation refresh investment / program (the labour cost to upgrade Windows OS is around the same cost as deploying a brand-new workstation).
To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10 installed.