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Microsoft support is finishing for Windows 7

Posted by CatherineJuly 20, 20180 comments

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After January 14, 2020, technical assistance and automatic updates that help protect your company’s PCs will no longer be made available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that all users move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.

Therefore to ensure that your business remains on supported versions of Windows, we would encourage you to start your planning now. We would encourage any company running Windows 7 to move to Windows 10.

What does end of support mean for me?

After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it’s important that your business upgrades to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your company’s data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.What should I do?For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 will be the recommended path forward. Today's PCs are faster, lightweight, yet powerful and more secure. Talk to your dedicated account manager for further information.

Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?

To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10. As an alternative, compatible Windows 7 PCs can be upgraded by purchasing and installing a full version of the software. Again talk to your dedicated account manager to discuss these options.

What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?

You can continue to use Windows 7, but after support has ended, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Windows will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.

Will Internet Explorer still be supported on Windows 7?

Support for Internet Explorer on a Windows 7 device will also be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows, Internet Explorer follows the support lifecycle of the Windows operating system it’s installed on.

However, help is at hand:

At Minerva, our team of fully accredited Microsoft engineers are primed to assist customers with the “Countdown to the End of Windows 7” and to assist you with the transition to Windows 10; offering advice on the best way to ensure your business is more than ready to deal with the end of support for Windows 7.

For more information, get in touch with us today by either emailing us, or calling us on 01707 607100.

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