Released in 2009, Microsoft Windows 7 is still a popular, albeit aging, operating system (OS) for many small businesses. In order to focus on the development of newer technologies, extended support for this OS will be ending on January 14, 2020. Here’s what that means for your business:
1. Can I still use Windows 7 after January 14, 2020?Technically, yes. Your Windows 7 computer will still work, but Microsoft will no longer provide technical support or security and software updates. Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will also be discontinued.
2. What are the risks of not upgrading to Windows 10?
Microsoft routinely releases updates and patches to keep your computer up to date with the newest features and security protection. An outdated OS that no longer receives these critical updates poses a security threat to your business. You can bet cyber criminals are well aware of the expanded vulnerabilities Windows 7 devices will expose after January 2020. If you’re trying to save money by sticking it out a little bit longer with Windows 7 and your computer gets infected with malware, you’re going to end up spending much, much more in the long-run.
3. Is it possible to upgrade to Windows 10 and keep my current computer?It’s a bit like hooking up your VHS player to an HDTV (aka not ideal), but yes, as long as your current computer meets these technical specs. However, your best option is to not only upgrade your OS, but also your device. New Windows 10 PCs are more powerful, secure, and innovative, while generally costing less than your Windows 7 computer did.
4. How should I prepare?Technology purchases take time. You want to make sure you’re getting the device with the most features, while staying within budget and meeting your day to day needs. Considering the time investment it takes to research, purchase, receive, and configure a new computer, the time is now to start shopping around for new Windows 10 devices. Microsoft has put together a handy checklist to make the transition easier. As a valued Microsoft partner, we’re also available guide you- we can help you pick out the best computer for your needs and even offer large discounts when you purchase a device through us. We can also migrate your existing data, configure, and manage your new device.
5. Why should I upgrade before January?You may or may not have heard of the Section 179 Deduction. Essentially, it allows you to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying items financed during the 2019 tax year. Qualifying items include computers and software, making Section 179 an easy way to make some last minute Windows 10 purchases before 2020.
You can read more about Windows 7 end of support in our other blog posts, The Lowdown on Windows 7 End of Support and Are You Ready for January 14, 2020?