Preparing For Microsoft Windows 7 End Of Life
It’s time to say goodbye to Windows 7.
Microsoft operating systems are very popular, especially Windows 7, and so, many users will try to keep using it for as long as possible. However, as support is scaled back, the reliability and security of the computer will fade.
The good news is that it’s not too late to upgrade to Windows 10, the newest Microsoft operating system – but time is running out. Click play below to get the full forecast about what will happen when Microsoft ends support for Windows 7:
What Does End Of Life Mean For Windows 7?
All support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020. This means no more bug fixes or security updates. Over time, the usability of Windows 7 will degrade. There will be a loss of usability and increased vulnerability.
This means that you won’t get bug fixes or security updates from Microsoft. Over time, the security and reliability of Windows 7 will make your computers vulnerable:
- Your computers could be infected by malware,
- Your antivirus won’t be updated,
- Your online banking transaction protection may expire, and
- Your financial data could be exposed to theft.
Will Windows 7 Be Reliable?
No – your applications may not be updated, your other software could be incompatible, utilities won’t be supported, and new devices may not connect to your system.
Computer manufacturers will no longer support Windows 7, meaning devices like printers, desktops, laptops and more won’t be guaranteed to work as they should. Your security programs and third-party browsers won’t support Windows 7. When you browse the Web, you could be exposed to cyber threats.
Loss of usability will have the following consequences:
- Applications may no longer receive updates.
- Features may become incompatible.
- Utilities may become unsupported.
- New devices may not connect.
Increased vulnerability can present the following issues:
- Software bug fixes to protect you from the latest exploits may no longer be issued.
- Your PC could be infected by malware.
- Antivirus programs may no longer be updated.
- Online banking transaction systems may expire.
- Your financial data could be vulnerable to theft.
Should I Consider Purchasing A New Computer?
If your computer is three or more years old, and running Windows 7, in most cases it makes sense to get a new one.
For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with a Windows 10 operating system is the best path forward. Today’s PCs are faster, lighter in weight, more powerful, and provide increased security.
Make sure your current hardware is compatible with the most current Windows Operating System (Windows 10). This means checking:
- The space on your solid-state drive or hard drive.
- The RAM or memory requirements.
- The CPU or Processor.
If they don’t meet the requirements, it may be best to purchase a new machine with Windows 10 installed. Then you can reinstall any current applications that you require. The good news is that now is the perfect time to purchase new hardware because you can take advantage of the 179 Tax Deduction before 12/31/19.
Section 179 expires each year at midnight, December 31st. To take advantage of it this year, you must buy (or lease/finance) your equipment and put it into use by midnight on 12/31/2019.
End Of Life Is Part Of The Tech Lifecycle
End Of Life is just a part of doing business – no matter what hardware or software you use, eventually it’ll reach the end of its life.
If you need help in managing End Of Life, allow us to assist – our team can assist in building a plan for migrating. We have tools to perform an automated inventory to determine what your best path forward should be.
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