Q&A: Windows 7 end of life – why your business should take note
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 09/07 at 10:00 AM IT services, Surface,
Windows 7 end of life

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 investment on supporting newer technologies.


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 protect PCs will no longer be available for the product.


Microsoft strongly recommends Windows users move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where businesses need service or support that is no longer available.


What does end of support mean for my business?
After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it's important that businesses upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep your business data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.


What should businesses do?
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.


Can I upgrade existing PCs to Windows 10?
To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, moving to a new PC with Windows 10 is recommended. As an alternative, compatible Windows 7 PCs can be upgraded by purchasing and installing an upgrade licence of Windows 10 on a monthly subscription.


Can my business upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

The Windows 10 free upgrade offer ended on July 29, 2016. To get Windows 10, you will need to either purchase a new device or, if you have a compatible PC, purchase an upgrade of the software to upgrade existing devices. The recommendation is that you don’t install Windows 10 on an older device, as some older Windows 7 devices are not compatible with Windows 10 or could experience reduced feature availability.

What happens if my business continues to use Windows 7?
If your business continues to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. PCs will continue to start and run, but they will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.


Can Windows 7 still be activated after January 14, 2020?
Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after end of support; however, it will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses due to the lack of security updates. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft strongly recommends that businesses use Windows 10 instead of Windows 7.


Will Internet Explorer still be supported on Windows 7?
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.


Will businesses receive notifications?
Microsoft designed notifications so that they would not appear on devices in managed businesses. More specifically, notifications were designed to exclude Professional, Enterprise, and Server editions of Windows 7 with secondary checks to also exclude devices which are domain joined or are installed with Windows 7 from volume licensing programmes. If you are an IT Pro looking after or managing endpoint configuration and deployments, you might not have received any notifications, so it is extremely important to work with a partner to run you through all options that are suitable for their business.


swcomms has a Windows 10 upgrade solution designed to keep costs low. It is flexible to deploy and unlocks the opportunity to try out the Enterprise edition of Windows 10 for better security and manageability. We also offer a wide range of Microsoft Surface devices for businesses looking to refresh their hardware.


For more information, contact me or call 0800 054 6789.

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Chris Wheeler on 09/07/2019

A man with a passion for all things Microsoft, Chris has joined our team to provide exceptional levels of service in the cloud space and licensing projects.

Primarily Office 365 focussed, Chris comes with a wealth of knowledge and has worked with a number of large businesses on their cloud journey and software asset management lifecycle. If anyone needs advice or awareness about anything Microsoft related, Chris is the guy to speak to.

Chris is currently focussing on completing his BSc in computing & IT part time, and along with playing football at the weekend and learning Polish he says “It’s so good to get back to work on a Monday!”

Contact: chris.wheeler@swcomms.co.uk

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