When is the Windows 7 End of Life?

When is the Windows 7 End of Life?

By Chris Brunau

While you are likely already aware of the Windows 7 end of life, don’t assume your clients are as up to date as you are. Even if you aren’t up to snuff with everything there is to know, there’s still time for you to prepare.

When is the Windows 7 End of Life?

Microsoft will no longer update and support Windows 7 beginning in 2020. If you haven’t already updated to Windows 10, what are you waiting for? If you don’t upgrade, you are significantly increasing your chances of falling victim to a number of cybersecurity threats. Current EOL Windows versions only get upgrades on dire security threats like BlueKeep, after malware has already compromised millions of systems.

How Do I Upgrade to Windows 10?

Nobody wants to use an old or unsupported operating system (more on that later). Therefore, you must update to the most recent OS, Windows 10. Not only is this the source of truth when it comes to Windows OS, but it also enables users to support applications across multiple devices including PCs and smartphones. Microsoft offered a free upgrade until mid-2016 but now you have to have a fully licensed version of Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10. Make sure you use your RMM to see what you have.

Why You Need Software Updates and Patches

Running the most current software is one of the easiest and most effective ways to ensure you don’t fall victim to cybersecurity threats. As with major attacks like WannaCry, the attacks typically rely on outdated software (that is often addressed in patches). As we recently saw, Microsoft announced a vulnerability to their remote desktop services and addressed with an issue with a patch and we helped facilitate with Datto RMM.

Benefits of End of Life and Upgrading to Windows 10

While it may seem like a nuisance, this will benefit your IT team in the long run. In addition to the aforementioned patches, support, and multiple devices, there are a variety of ways you will benefit.

  • Malware Mitigation: Windows 10 allows you to protect user identities, devices, and information with a comprehensive solution. Protect endpoints from cyber threats; detect advanced attacks and data breaches, automate security incident response and improve security posture with Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
  • Simplified and Consistent Updates: Users can easily deploy, manage, and update devices anywhere.
  • Flexible Management: Windows 10 Enterprise enables comprehensive endpoint management that simplifies identity, device and application management, powered by the cloud. With flexible device management options, IT can deploy, manage, and update devices anywhere employees need to work.

To learn more about the Windows 7 end of life and the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10, check out Microsofts FAQ page.

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