office 2009693 640After an illustrious decade, Windows 7 nears its End of Life date; January 14, 2020 – or sooner for those who fail to download a timely security update. After the set time, Microsoft will no longer update or support the operating system.

Here are some handy pointers for your journey into the Windows 7 afterlife.

What next?

Once Windows 7 reaches its End of Life stage on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches. This move doesn’t mean that it’ll cease working and spontaneously combust, however, without the security of patches, you’ll be more vulnerable to security problems and viruses. It also means that if any issues are discovered there won’t be any bug fixes.

Which products will go End of Life?

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Server 2008/2008 R2
  • Microsoft Exchange 2010
  • Small Business Server 2011

For those who really can’t let go

You don’t have to say goodbye just yet. You can batten down the hatches and continue as you are, acting like nothing is wrong. Life can resume, but slowly, things will start to break down. The lack of support and the disappearance of security means that before you know it, you’ll be facing the inevitable. The end.

Our recommendation…

We recommend reviewing your current IT software as soon as possible and if you use any of the products mentioned above, we’re here to help you upgrade your system.

If you would like to discuss upgrading to Windows 10 or you have any other IT questions, simply get in touch with SCS Technology Solutions on 01522 883636 and we’ll be happy to help.