Windows 7 End of Life – What this means

Windows 7 was arguably the most liked Microsoft operating system to date. Even though mainstream support ended in January 2015, many users held off updating to Windows 10. This has been no real problem as Microsoft provided five years of extended support. Latest figures estimate that there are still millions of users still running Windows 7 on their PC – approximately 28% of all machines online are still using Windows 7. Despite no new features being added, Microsoft have still been releasing security patches. These security patches have meant that Windows 7 has been safe to use and you haven’t been at risk. However that five years of extended support finishes on January 14th 2020, this means that no updates will be released and we have officially arrived at the Windows 7 End of Life.

What does this mean?

From January 14th 2020 any vulnerabilities that are found in Windows 7 will no longer be fixed by Microsoft. This isn’t a case of if, but when. If you continue to use a Windows 7 machine you will be at much higher risk of viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

What should I do?

You need to either upgrade your existing PC to Windows 10, or move to a new PC with Windows 10 preinstalled. We can assist you with whichever option you choose, contact us and we can help you evaluate your current situation.

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