Windows 7 is at its end of life. Microsoft operating systems (OS) have a 10-year lifespan, and since Windows 7 is almost a decade old, companies only have a few months left to upgrade their systems.
What’s the current state of Windows 7?
Microsoft ended mainstream support for the OS on January 13, 2015. They stopped adding new features, and stopped honoring warranty claims as well. Since then, Windows 7 has been in its Extended Support phase. This means the OS is still being patched and updated to fix security bugs and other issues.
What happens when Windows 7 reaches its End of Life?
Users that installed the latest updates will have to give up the OS as early as July 2019. And on January 14, 2020, the company will stop releasing updates, installing patches, and providing support for Windows 7, marking its End of Life (EOL) phase.
While users will still be able to access Windows 7 for as long as they want, using the OS after its expiration date can be dangerous. This is because it won’t receive new security patches, leaving your data and systems vulnerable to modern threats.
Cybercriminals can easily attack an unsupported OS, which is why you need to upgrade to the more secure Windows 10 or other operating systems ASAP.
What can you do?
- Save your data in the cloud
Before you upgrade Windows 7, it’s important to back up your data in case something goes awry.
The best place to back up your data is in the cloud because it will be accessible from any internet-connected device, regardless of the OS you’re using. What’s more, cloud providers proactively monitor and protect your data from all kinds of cyberthreats.
If you, however, decide to continue using Windows 7, backing up your documents regularly is still vital. Since your OS will be more vulnerable to viruses and other cyberattacks, you need to make sure that your files are safe and accessible whenever you need them.
- Switch to Mac
Apple takes pride in its beautifully designed hardware that is user-friendly and secure. Now that Windows 7 is nearing its EOL, it may make sense for your business to switch to macOS, especially if you’re familiar with Apple applications.
However, keep in mind that upgrading to the latest macOS can be expensive because you’ll need to purchase new hardware and train employees on Apple programs. The plus side is, Apple regularly supports its operating system and devices, as well as offer extended warranties. If you rely on visual, audio, or video editing software, many of the best programs also fall under the Apple family.
- Upgrade to Windows 10
This is the easiest and most cost-effective option for you because you don’t need to invest in new workstations. Keeping your files from your devices would be easier too since there wouldn’t be any incompatibility issues.
What’s more, your employees can quickly adjust to the new OS since the layout, interface, and built-in programs are similar to Windows 7. If you decide to use Windows 10, you can simply buy a copy, reboot your computer, and run the installation process.
There may be some technical challenges involved with the installation, so make sure to talk to a professional managed IT services provider to ensure Windows 10 is deployed seamlessly.
If you have more questions about Windows End of Life, contact Refresh Technologies now. Our experts will fully upgrade your systems and make sure they’re as secure as possible.
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