What You Need To Know
The operating system Windows 7 has served us well for around the last 8 years but unfortunately Microsoft (the creators of Windows 7) will stop supporting it on 14th January 2020. This means that there will be no more automatic updates to protect these computers from hackers, viruses and other vulnerabilities.
How This May Affect You
The computer will still run, but it will become increasingly more vulnerable to hackers and viruses. Even if the computer is not connected to the internet, makers of software and hardware (like printers, webcams and MP3 players) will no longer support Windows 7. For some time now, Windows 7 has not worked on the latest generation of Windows processors.
What Can You Do
While some people may choose to take the risk of not upgrading to save money, the cost of recovering data from a hacked system, and then having to upgrade anyway will cost more in the long run. It is highly recommended to upgrade before these dates.
In most cases it is possible to install a new operating system on your computer, although we have come across a small number of older machines purchased before Windows 10 was released which have failed to install Windows 10, and the manufacturers have not offered Windows 10 hardware support due to their age. If this occurs the best course of action will be to buy a new computer.
In most cases, we would also recommend upgrading machines with an affordable SSD hard drive, which will increase machine performance and we can install and fit, and will be cheaper than purchasing a new computer.
Talk to us and we can let you know the best course of action based on your circumstance.
Microsoft Office 2010 (usually used for Microsoft Word and Excel) will also be discontinued on 13th October 2020 and should be upgraded for the same security and compatibility reasons.
Office 2019 is the latest version which was release on 24th September 2018.
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will also become end of life on 14th January 2020. In the same way these will also have no more automatic updates to protect your server from hackers, viruses and other vulnerabilities. The latest Windows Server 2019 was released on 2nd October 2018, and no new main versions are due to be released now until after 2020.
We recommend that old server hardware is replaced with new hardware. If you are unsure if you have a server running these operating systems, please contact us, as we can provide a quote for a new virtual server system.