After 14 January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for the following Microsoft programs.

·        Windows 7

·        Windows Server 2008

·        Windows Server 2008 R2

·        SBS 2011

·        Exchange 2010

What does end of support mean?

  • After 14 January 2020, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for Windows 7. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020.
  • No software updates from Windows update
  • No security updates from Windows update
  • No technical assistance from Microsoft, including phone or email.
  • Hardware will stop releasing driver update making the systems unstable
  • Software vendors such as Antivirus vendors will stop supporting their products that run on Windows 7.
  • Windows 7 will become a security risk to companies.
  • Virus and ransomware developers will seek Windows 7 vulnerabilities to implement their software.

In the past 12 months, ransomware has increased 365% in the commercial environment and is becoming more sophisticated

What happens next?

When Windows 7 reaches its End of Life phase, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system. However, that doesn’t mean Windows 7 will stop working on January 14 2020 – you’ll still be able to use Windows 7 and you’re not going to wake up on January 15 to find your Windows 7 PC no longer boots up.

But just because you can continue to use Windows 7 in its End of Life status, it doesn’t mean you should. This is particularly important for business.

The biggest issue with continuing to use Windows 7 is that it won’t be patched for any new viruses or security problems once it enters End of Life, and this leaves you extremely vulnerable to any emerging threats.

So, while Windows 7 will continue to work after January 14 2020, you should start planning to upgrade to Windows 10, or an alternative operating system, as soon as possible.

While upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is the easiest solution, it’s still a modern operating system that might struggle to work well on an older Windows 7 machine.

Here’s the minimum specification for Windows 10:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
  • Display: 800 x 600 resolution

If your Windows 7 machine doesn’t meet these specifications you won’t be able to run Windows 10 – and even if your machine just meets the requirements, Windows 10 won’t run that well. We’d recommend at least a 2GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM (8GB ideally) and a 160GB SSD hard drive for Windows 10 to run well.