January 14, 2020 is the end of Extended Support from Microsoft on Windows 7. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide technical support or security updates for devices running Windows 7 operating systems. To ensure the safety of your devices and ultimately your network, Total recommends that you begin to upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 as soon as possible.
If you haven’t already done so, it is highly recommended to budget for this upgrade because it is only 426 days away!
Once support for Microsoft 7 ends, you may be affected in one or more of the following ways:
- No more security updates or service packs are offered. Any vulnerabilities or security issues that are discovered after January 14, 2020 won’t be patched. Because of this, any computers or tablet PCs running Windows 7 OS may potentially become threats.
- It is difficult to find expected supported devices. For example, the printer manufacturers may stop writing drivers for new printers for the older OS. As a result, a printer that you just purchased likely will not work on Windows 7. This same thing could happen with scanners, cameras, and other hardware accessories.
- Software will only work on a new OS. For instance, the 2020 version of QuickBooks may not work on Windows 7.
You can still use Windows 7 even without any support from Microsoft but Total does not recommend it. Your PCs and devices will be more vulnerable to security risks.