In just a couple of months, the popular operating system Windows 7 reaches end of life. If you are a business still using Windows 7 on any of your machines you should know exactly what end of life means.
In this article, we have answered the common questions being asked about Windows 7.
When is Windows 7 end of life?
Windows 7 reaches end of life on January 14th, 2020. Earlier in the year, Microsoft added a notification in one of their updates to remind users about upgrading from Windows 7.
How long will Windows 7 be supported?
There will be no more support after Windows 7 reaches end of life on January 14th, 2020. Microsoft made a 10-year commitment to provide product support for Windows 7 when it was released in 2009.
What does end of life mean?
When Windows 7 reaches end of life Microsoft will no longer be releasing software updates or offering technical assistance for the product. This includes security updates. Microsoft will no longer be releasing security patches so any machine using Windows 7 will become at risk to any future security breaches found in Windows 7.
What will happen to Windows 7 in 2020?
You can continue to use Windows 7 but come January 14th 2020 Microsoft will no longer be offering support for the operating system. There will no longer be any updates so anyone continuing to use Windows 7 after end of life will be at greater risk from cyber attack.
What happens when Windows 7 support ends?
There will be no more security updates for Windows 7 and technical assistance will cease. Without the regular security updates that Microsoft offers your PC or laptop will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. It will become less secure than it currently is today.
Can I still use Windows 7 after 2020?
Yes, you can continue to use Windows 7 after January 14 but its not advisable to do so. Microsoft themselves have issued this advice to Windows 7 users:
"After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and support for PCs with Windows 7. If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it may become more vulnerable to security risks."
What should I do about Windows 7 end of life?
If you're using Windows 7 for personal use then you simplest option is to upgrade straight to Windows 10. If you're a business still using Windows 7 your IT support provider should have already discussed your options with you. If they haven't or you don't have an IT support provider you can call us for help with upgrading Windows 7. Upgrading multiple machines can take time so don't leave it too close to the deadline to act.
Windows Server 2008 end of life
Windows Server 2008 reaches end of life on the same day as Windows 7, January 14. Upgrading an operating system on a server often requires more work than upgrading an operating system on a laptop or PC so make sure you don't leave it to the last minute.
What other products are approaching end of life?
|Operating System||End of life date|
|Windows 7||January 14th 2020|
|Windows Server 2008||January 14th 2020|
|Office 2010||October 13th 2020|
|Windows Server 2012||January 10th 2023|
|Windows 8 / 8.1||January 10th 2023|
|Office 2013||April 11th 2023|
|Windows 10||October 14th 2025|
|Office 2016||October 14th 2025|
Although you can still use Windows 7 after it reaches end of life it is highly advised that you don't. Microsoft stopping security updates means that any new security vulnerabilities discovered by hackers will no longer be fixed. This puts your business at great risk.