Windows 7 is still one of the most widely used operating systems with boasting rights on 39% of computers currently in use. Nevertheless, Microsoft announced that they would no longer update or support Windows 7 starting January 14, 2020. This announcement comes five years after they stopped mainstream support for the operating system.
Why is Windows 7 Support Going Away?
Microsoft assigns lifespan to products like Windows 7, to push sales to the latest technology. End of Life means you can still run on Windows 7, but there won’t be any Microsoft support available.
What are the Risks of Continuing to Use Windows 7?
Without support for bug fixes and security updates you are at greater risk for data loss and cyber-attacks; you will no longer be safe to access the Internet. Without Microsoft supporting the product, all risk falls on the user.
Should We Move to Windows 8 or 10?
It’s best to skip Windows 8 and update straight to Windows 10. Windows 8 has been described as a design disaster with its colorful tiled interface, no start button and inability to boot to the desktop. And though 8.1 offers the familiar look and feel of Windows 7, you will be facing its end of life much sooner than if you make the leap to 10.
What’s the Easiest Way to Upgrade?
To prepare for Windows 7 End of Life, it’s best to contact your IT support provider. Updating your operating system is a simple process that shouldn’t affect your files, although you will most likely have to run updates on the applications you use as well. Individuals can purchase the update and install it on their own, but it’s never a bad idea to seek help when making the switch, especially to ensure that all your data is properly backed up before installing the upgrade. The update should run on your current device with ease, but older devices might require additional updates or complete replacements.
Adept Solutions Can Help!
Change is hard, but we’re here to make it easier. Updating operating systems is beneficial for the user experience--and the level of protection it provides for your devices and data is crucial for cybersecurity. Adept Solutions’ team of engineers is ready to help your business transition and keep moving forward. Contact us today to learn more.
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