January 2020 is THE END for Windows 7: Here’s What You Need to Know
As you may have heard, Microsoft recently announced that it will be ending support for Windows 7; in fact, they have set the end-of-life date for Windows 7 as January 14th, 2020. After this date, Microsoft will no longer be offering support, updates, and vital security patches for Windows 7.
What Does This Mean?
So what does this mean for you if you are one of the many businesses still running PCs that use Windows 7? While you don’t have to worry about your PC not working anymore starting January 2020, as Windows 7 computers will still continue to operate, you will no longer get updates and support from Microsoft. This means that you will no longer get automatic security and bug fixes from Microsoft, which can make it extremely costly, and dangerous, to keep operating Windows 7. In fact, without proper security support, Windows 7 computers will quickly become the target hackers.
What Should You Do?
If you still run Windows 7 on your computers, you may be wondering what your next step should be. Ultimately, your best course of action would be to upgrade to Windows 10 before the deadline, as this will ensure that you do not go through a period where your computer is not protected by vital security upgrades and bug fixes. Ultimately, putting in the time and money now to upgrade your business’s computers to Windows 10 can help to save you from the stress that a security breach would cause if you continued to use an operating system past its end-of-life date.
However, before upgrading your computers to Windows 10, you should take a moment to consider the age of your business’s computers and how much it would cost to update them to Windows 10. If your computers are showing signs of age, it may make more sense to replace them with new computers that come pre installed with the latest version of Windows.
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