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Windows 7 Operating System

Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, meaning they no longer provided non-critical security updates, made design changes, or offered complimentary support for the OS to end users. Extended support – updates, bug fixes, and paid support for businesses using the operating system – comes to an end on January 14, 2020.

The Risk

The risk of not upgrading once extended support ends is that systems running Windows 7 will become vulnerable to un-patched security risks within the OS and the applications it runs.

The main concern would be that once the security updates stop, the OS becomes vulnerable and an easier target for hackers. The fact remains that unpatched systems are vulnerable not only to known attacks, but also to as-yet-unknown attacks that are sure to come. Having an up-to-date antivirus engine installed would be mandatory

Applications might also end their support/functionality on the OS due to the outdated nature and security risks. This will cause compatibility issues and will increase the time needed to keep the applications running optimally, reducing productivity.

The overall impact would be that the systems would incur a much higher running cost, due to the previously mentioned points.

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The Recommendations

Upgrade to Windows 10 with DEITG I.T Generalists
  1. Upgrade to windows 10 – Windows 10 is the recommended upgrade as that is Microsoft’s very latest operating system, and it’s still within its initial 5-year mainstream support period. If you have an older machine, you may need to check it has the specs to run Windows 10. You can send in an email to support@deitg.com to get the recommended specifications. Or fill out the contact form below and we’ll set up a free consultation.

  2. Buy a new computer – If a system was running Windows 7, its specifications are more than likely below what we would recommend for Windows 10. Any new Windows 10 machine bought will have Windows 10 pre-configured and would meet our recommendations for performance. It would also have the benefit of having a better warranty period and having a lower running cost.
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