Windows 7 2020 – Everything you need to know

Many PC & laptop users have been loyal fans of Windows 7 since its release in 2009; however, as of January 14th 2020, just 5 months away, Microsoft will stop providing security updates for the much-loved operating system. So, whilst you’ll still be able to use Windows 7, you’ll be completely exposed to malicious agents looking to take advantage of unprotected machines through exploiting vulnerabilities via malware and viruses.

With this in mind, we’re providing a guide to the Windows 7 2020 end-of-life process, with everything you need to know:

What will happen from January 14th 2020?

As mentioned, you’ll still be able to use Windows 7 from January 14th 2020; however, if you do, your machine will not be protected from the latest malware and viruses. This is because Microsoft have advised they will no longer provide technical support or security updates for free. Using third-party anti-virus software may partially protect you, but only to a degree. Full protection can only be achieved through official software updates.

It should also be noted that this ‘end-of-life’ announcement applies to ALL Windows 7 versions, including Home & Pro.  

For a limited time, Microsoft will offer paid support to Windows 7 users whilst they implement measures to migrate to a new system – but only up until January 2023 and at quite a hefty price: • Year 1 (January 2020 through January 2021): Windows 7 Pro is $50 per device, Windows Enterprise (add-on) is $25 per device.• Year 2 (January 2021 through January 2022): Windows 7 Pro is $100 per device, Windows Enterprise (add-on) is $50 per device.• Year 3 (January 2022 through January 2023): Windows 7 Pro is $200 per device, Windows Enterprise (add-on) is $100 per device.

What to do before January 14th 2020 

The good news is that this is a fairly simple issue to resolve. Simply update your system to Windows 10. If your device is Windows 10 compatible, it should be as straightforward as purchasing and installing the software. Obviously there is more work to do if you have a suite of devices to upgrade within your business and ensuring compatibility across your network is vital.

If any of your devices aren’t Windows 10 compatible, then we would strongly recommend upgrading to a new Windows 10 compatible machine. Whilst this may sound pricey – especially if you’re a business owner with multiple machines to replace – the price to pay if you were to have an old Windows 7 machine compromised would be far greater. If you’re unsure of the best devices for your business or how to go about upgrading your systems to Windows 10, our IT experts can advise or even manage the whole process for you, minimising stress and hassle. Get in touch on 02380 652 111 or email us at info@btpuk.com for help.

What’s more, our business IT packages are a fantastic way to keep your whole IT system protected from as little as £19 a month. Call us on 02380 652 111 or email us at info@btpuk.com