Windows 7 End of Life explained.

It is often said that “all good things must come to an end”. In order to create a new beginning, something has to end. This mantra is especially relevant among software programs. Each program comes with a set expiration or “end of life” date. Windows 7’s life will come to an end of January 14, 2020.

What does this mean? Windows 7 End of Life.

End of life is a term that simply means the end of support for a hardware or software. The creator will no longer provide security updates or customer service for that hardware or software. However, with the end of one software’s life will come the beginning of another. So, tech companies are not leaving you out to dry but encouraging you to move on to bigger and better things.

Will Windows 7 disappear forever after January 14 2020?

No. You will still be able to access the software and continue to use it as you did before. The software is also still safe to use, and your data is still protected. But, there will no longer be regular improvements and updates. Although the software is still safe, you may be at a security risk. No software is perfect, and that is why Microsoft is constantly updating them. At the end of its life Windows 7 may still have some unknown security issues, and they will go unresolved after the expiration date. Also, Microsoft will not provide the same support they did before the end of life, so you cannot utilize their support systems if you are using the program after its end of life.

Okay, so it seems like I need to switch over to Windows 10 before Windows 7 end of life. 

Windows 7 End of Life

How do I do that?

It is not difficult to switch software programs, but it does take some time and planning ahead. You need to carve out time to make the switch when your company does not need to be at its peak for productivity. Once you have created a timeline for the switch, you can start identifying the machines that need to be upgraded. This can also be a time to replace old machines that may not do as well with the new software. After everything is identified and replaced you will need to make sure your employees are on board and up to date on the new software. If the switch is well prepared and thought out, it will be an easy way to make sure you still have the newest updates and support.

The good news is  Microsoft has implemented a program called WAIS or Windows as a Service, which establishes a continuous update service for Windows 10. So, after you make the switch to Windows 10 you will be insured a smooth transition on one operating system from here on out. There will no longer be a need for a major software overhaul. 

The end of life for Windows 7 may seem daunting, as it is a program most of the nation uses every day, but if your company is not in the place to make the switch it will not be detrimental. Windows 7 will still function well for your daily needs. However, as the end of its life approaches, the less reliable it will become, and it will be in your business’s best interest to make the switch to Windows 10.