The end of the Windows 7 lifecycle is set for January 2020 “End of life” means Microsoft will discontinue all support, including paid support; and all updates, including security updates.

Windows 7 will continue to run, but consider these looming obstacles:

Security vulnerabilities: No more security fixes being issued by Microsoft means that Windows 7 will become a minefield of security hazards. For this reason alone, you should update ASAP. A firewall and anti-virus are not sufficient protection against unpatchable vulnerabilities, which hackers are quick to exploit.

Software incompatibility: In addition to Microsoft turning the lights out on Windows 7, it’s possible that third-party developers could do so as well. Microsoft won’t force developers to stop supporting their applications in Windows 7 and chances are, if there’s a large enough user base, they won’t stop support initially. But over time, as things change and users increasingly turn to other platforms, developers are bound to stop supporting Windows 7 updates in their apps, as well.

Compliance issues: Regulated industries like healthcare and e-commerce deal with lots of sensitive customer data. Entrusting your critical information to a decade-old OS or an insecure application? STOP. In addition to security lapses, it could result in big fines, company shutdowns, or possible jail time.

High operating costs: The costs of bug-fixing any post-EOL (end-Of-Life) software can be steep.  More things will go wrong and you may be paying IT people to step in and do an assessment, only to find the fact that your old  Windows is the problem

MicroAge Swift Current Win 10 Upgrade Recommendations

Important : Each computer should be assessed by one of our staff to better judge if any or all of these upgrade options will work for you.

 

Work with our MicroAge Team to guide you on a path to move ahead with a migration from your Windows 7 system