Windows 7 will be retiring in January 2020

Windows 7 End-of-Life

Every Microsoft Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These updates include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—such as new drivers for your hardware.

Microsoft will discontinue support for one of its most reliable versions of Windows ever – Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. This includes all versions – Home, Professional and Enterprise.

What does this mean for you and your business?

Sometime during the 2019 calendar year you will need to develop a technology plan to retire these Windows 7 machines and replace them with an up-to-date / still supported operating system–more than likely Windows 10. If you continue to use an unsupported operating system you will no longer receive critical patches and fixes thereby putting your security compliance at risk.

How do I know what versions of Windows I have currently?

The most obvious sign of a Windows 7 machine is the large blue orb that serves as the start button. If you see this Windows logo in a circle you will know right away that it is Windows 7.

Another easy way to determine your Windows version is to type the command WINVER in any Windows search field and it will present to you your Windows version and build number.

What can we do?

  • Develop a plan (both a technology one and a financial one) to replace the machines.
  • Evaluate the hardware associated with the Windows 7 machines to see if there are any compatibility issues with your new operating system.
  • Evaluate any software for the same reason as above. Is there a reason (mission critical software systems) why you are still on Windows 7?
  • Consult with Kenneally Technology to work with you on evaluating your network system and software to transition you to the next level of Windows.

-Don’t wait – only 13 months left!-


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