While the new Microsoft 10 update is gaining a massive hype on social media platforms, (especially Twitter) some businesses are worrying about the end of support to Windows 7.
Microsoft recently announced the “End of Life” date for Windows 7 - Januay14, 2020. More so, the support was pre-warned to be dried down in July 2019 for the ones who did not download the critical security update released on March 2019.
This means that Windows 7 users need to finally start thinking about moving on from their beloved operating system.
If you are one of those struggling with Microsoft’s decision or clueless what Windows 7 “End of Support” means, this article will guide you how it is ringing a bell for your cybersecurity and what you can do to secure your systems.
Microsoft 7 End of Life – What it Means?
Microsoft is basically keen that people should switch from Windows 7 operating system. For the purpose, the company is releasing update KB4493132, which will display notifications as reminders to Windows 7 users and nudge them to upgrade to Windows 10 before the “End of Life” date.
The update is optional, but anyone who has automatic updates turned on will no matter receive it. Nevertheless, Microsoft promises that the notifications will never be too obtrusive and if you feel like blocking your screen, you can prevent them from appearing again.
Why is Microsoft Ending Support?
This happens with most operating systems that after a while, it does not make sense to keep the old software patched and updated while the newer version out there is performing well with the users. Take it as a financial constraint, but it literally isn’t worth your time and effort.
You need to know that Microsoft had already ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015. This practically meant that after that time, no new features were added, or warranty claims analyzed for the operating system.
What Happens after End of Life?
While all this time, it was just an extended support phase for Windows 7, it still received patches and updates to make sure that security issues and bugs were fixed.
With Windows 7 entering End of Life phase, the support will be taken off, leaving you extremely vulnerable to any emerging threats. While you’ll be able to use Windows 7, however, it’ll give big incentive to the malicious users to target viruses and other nasties, severely impacting your cybersecurity.
What Can You Do?
There are several things which you can do, once your Windows 7 goes obsolete. Here we list some things that you can do.
Upgrade to Windows 10
The first and the obvious one would be to upgrade to the new operating system, that is, Windows 10. This is one of the simplest options, and there are a number of benefits to upgrading as well –
Minimum Disruption: Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is relatively simple and causes minimum disruption as both products are from Microsoft. All you have to do is buy a copy, download the installation file and run it.
Easy to Use: Most programs updated to work on Windows 10 have a similar layout and interface like Windows 7, when installed you’ll be asked to keep your files and folders to your new system.
Get Help from a Managed IT Support
If you are running a business that still uses Windows 7 and you’re in dilemma what will be your next step, then consider partnering with Keeran Networks. We understand your requirements and make sure that you find a cost-effective solution without posing any disruption to your business. Our professionals will make sure to re-evaluate your cybersecurity risks and suggest an upgrade accordingly.