Windows 7 has officially reached End Of Life (EOL) on 14 January 2020, including Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft is offering extended support with Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) at an annual subscription for Windows 7 users.
What does End of Life mean?
Every operating system and every software has a life cycle. It doesn’t mean it is programmed to stop abruptly. It means the platform or software maker stops producing the updates, adding new features and offering security patches for it.
What happens now that Windows 7 support ended?
Windows 7 has already been in an extended support phase since Jan 13, 2015. This means that the Windows 7 users can no longer use their PCs safely due to lack of security updates. Therefore, Microsoft and other IT service providers strongly recommend Windows 7 users to switch to its subsequent operating system – is Windows 10.
Can Windows 7 still be used in 2020 and beyond?
Microsoft will continue supporting Windows 7 through January 2023 by delivering Extended Security Updates. It is provided with consideration of upgrading to a completely new operating system requiring a substantial amount of effort and expertise. It can also be time consuming.
When will Microsoft deliver Windows 7 Extended Security Updates?
Microsoft will be releasing these Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 every Patch Tuesday, just like other security updates.
How does Windows 7 extended support work?
On-premise customers who purchase extended security updates should have received a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). They should have gotten it as an add-on through the volume licensing service center (VLSC). This key helps the deployment of the Extended Security Updates to the PCs. The key had to be activated prior to winter of 2019.
Are Extended Security Updates available to all Windows 7 versions?
IMPORTANT: Windows 7 Extended Security Updates can be taken advantage of only by the users of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Enterprise, subscribed to the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates on an annual basis, the cost of which will double each year.
Don’t ignore the security threads coming from outdated Operating Systems, such as Windows 7, unpatched vulnerabilities and other potential hazards. The longer your organization waits with updating their systems, the bigger the risk of a potentially costly attack, loss of data and more.
Is your organization vulnerable to cyberthreats?
Alarming trend: 85% of SMBs experienced a ransomware attack in the last 2 years
Is your organization prepared for Windows 7 End Of Life?
According to Kaspersky research, “40% of very small businesses (VSBs) and 48% of small, medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises still rely on unsupported or approaching EOS operating systems for their security needs.”
Windows 10 Minimum Hardware Requirements
Here is a list of the minimum system requirements your computer will need to run Windows 10:
- Processor: 1GHz or faster processor or SoC
- RAM: 1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit
- Hard Disk Space: 16 GB for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit OS
For more information on Microsoft Windows 10 check further with Microsoft resources:
- System requirements for installing Windows 10
- Keeping Windows 10 up-to-date
- More information on hard drive space requirements to install or update Windows 10
- Feature-specific requirements for Windows 10
- Language versions
- Feature deprecations and removals
Run A Hardware Check on all Windows PCs
Your IT services company should check your computer network and provide a solution for an upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible, to keep your network up-to-date, secure, and functional to help you run your business efficiently.