What does end of support mean?
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.