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  • Published 25 Feb 2019

    Support will cease after 14 January 2020

    All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7.  After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or feature updates and stop support for PCs running Windows 7.

    It doesn’t seem that long ago we were bidding a fond farewell to Windows XP and on 14th January next year Windows 7 goes “end of life” with Microsoft.  This means the product is no longer supported by Microsoft.  Although of course, Windows 7 will continue to work beyond this date but the risk in using this operating system after this date increases.

    Learning from Windows XP

    An additional consideration is the action of other software vendors and we noticed a larger shift away from Windows XP happened when other products (such as Sage and anti-virus protection) stopped functioning with XP – this was a little time after the office Microsoft end of life date.

    There is a good chance that if your PC is running Windows 7 it will be of an age where natural replacement will take place and it will be replaced with Windows 10.  Microsoft also offer an upgrade path through Office 365 licensing for machines that warrant retaining and upgrading beyond this date.

    Statcounter.com shows Windows 10 to be the most popular operating system in use in January 2019 with 53.18% of the market, followed by Windows 7 at 35.05%.

    How do I know if I am using Windows 7?

    Windows 7 has a round start button and for ease we have shown how to identify which version of your Windows your machine is using by looking at the start button, see below :-

    Windows XP icon

    Windows XP

    End of Microsoft support 08/04/2014

    Windows Vista icon

    Windows Vista

    End of Microsoft support 11/04/2017

    Windows 7 icon

    Windows 7

    End of Microsoft support 14/01/2020

    Windows 8 icon

    Windows 8

    End of Microsoft support 10/01/2023

    Windows 8.1 icon

    Windows 8.1

    End of Microsoft support 10/01/2023

    Windows 10 icon

    Windows 10

    Currently no expiry date set

    Why Upgrade to Windows 10

    In addition to the security benefits offered by Windows 10 as a supported operating system, Microsoft has done a good job with Windows 10 updates.  This means your machine stays on top of important security updates and in todays cyber threatened world this can't be a bad thing. Windows 10 isn’t too much of a leap from Windows 7 in a user experience view and is certainly much less of a shift that Windows 8 was.

    Advances in computer hardware over the last years including the affordability of SSD hard drives and the improvement in processing power means Windows 10 feels very responsive on modern hardware – something very noticeable if you are upgrading from a Windows 7 PC with a conventional hard disk drive.

    Finally, many certification authorities such as Cyber Essential and Lexcel insist that you have supported operating systems.

    What About Server 2008?

    Server 2008 is also retired by Microsoft on the same date and while less obvious to users on a day to day basis, your IT company should be talking to you about upgrading to supported Windows Server versions or cloud solutions.

    How Can Pro-Networks Help?

    We can help with your IT estate planning and provide an update path for customers with machines affected by this announcement.  Advice on an upgrade or replace basis is tailored to all clients and attractive leasing options can be packed into any proposals.