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Windows 7 End of Life: Are you Prepared?

7th November 2019

The end of life for Windows 7 is fast approaching. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for Windows 7. This means there will be no more patches available and no more technical support from Microsoft’s support centre.

Many businesses will already be on the front foot and have either upgraded operating systems already or have a plan in place to do so. However, if you haven’t, now is the time to think about a transition.

What will happen on 14th January 2020 if I don’t make a change?

The good news is that you’re not going to wake up on January 15th to find your Windows 7 PC no longer boots up. However, just because you can continue to use Windows 7 in its End of Life status, it doesn’t mean you should.

Microsoft 7 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 14th 2020, you should start planning an upgrade as soon as possible.

What do I need to do?

Our recommendation would be to upgrade to a new operating system, the prime solution being Windows 10.

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has a number of benefits. For a start, because both operating systems are made by Microsoft, the upgrade process is relatively easy and in many cases, you can keep your files on your PC.

This means you’ll experience minimum disruption when upgrading. Most programs you use will have been updated to work on Windows 10 as well, and the layout and interface are similar to Windows 7, so you shouldn’t find it too hard to adjust.

We’d advise skipping the temptation of saving a bit of money by only upgrading to Windows 8. It may seem like the obvious step, but it won’t be long before that version enters its End of Life stage too. In our opinion, you’re better off saving further disruption down the line by choosing Windows 10.

Can I keep my existing PC/laptop?

While Microsoft has done a good job making Windows 10 able to run on older hardware, it’s still a modern operating system that might struggle to work well on your old Windows 7 machine.

Here’s the minimum hardware 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 if it only just meets the requirements, Windows 10 won’t run very well. Therefore, when you are upgrading your operating system it would also be a good time to consider a hardware refresh.

How 8020 are helping their customers

At 8020 we know that change can be daunting, so we are here to help our customers with options around upgrading their operating system and replacing their equipment.

There are many approaches that can be used to make change as seamless as possible. For example, software such as Classic Shell can help make the change from Windows 7 to Windws 10 as pain free as possible by restoring features from Windows 7 such as the appearance of your start menu.

The 8020 Workshop team have performed upgrades on equipment the same and similar to what our customers use and share our experiences and results with our customers to assist in making final decisions.

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