Windows 7 – End-of-Life January 2020

Yes, it’s official. Windows 7 Operating System will be end-of-life in January 2020. So what does that mean? When an operating system hits end-of-life, Microsoft will stop issuing security updates, which means that any security loop holes that are found will not be patched or addressed; a significant security concern for any business.

There are a couple of things to consider as you replace equipment or upgrade software before we get to January 2020:

  • How old is the workstation or laptop? If it’s more than 4 years old, you may have difficulties during the upgrade process. The older the machine, the higher the risk that the upgrade may be painful, or even fail.
  • If the computer has insufficient memory, drive speed, or space, and the upgrade is successful, you may have serious performance problems. Windows 10 requires more resources and space than Windows 7. This is true regardless of the age of the computer. This is about the specs on the equipment itself compared to the requirements of the upgraded software.
  • Check out your older printers. These workhorses last a long time, but many manufacturers are not issuing print drivers for Windows 10 compatibility. Double-check that all your printers have new print drivers compatible with Windows 10, and if not, they may need to be replaced or taken out of service.

Bottom line? You have to move to Windows 10 before January 2020; you may have laptops or workstations that need to be replaced; you may have printers that need to be replaced. Start planning now so you’re not hit with a big hardware bill, or a security loophole that jeopardizes your entire infrastructure!  Need help?  Give us a call – 630-850-9039 – CMW