Support for Windows 7 ended on 14th January 2020 and we’ve been asked repeatedly about what that means.
Many of you are still using it – at the end of 2019 about a third of desktop operating systems were reportedly Windows 7, including a large part of the NHS.
Your PC with Windows 7 will continue to work, withdrawal of support by Microsoft means that there will be no software updates (including security updates) so your PC is more vulnerable to cyber-attack. Microsoft will also cease to provide technical support when things go wrong.
Continuing with Windows 7 also affects your organisation’s legal compliance. You cannot meet the security requirements of data protection legislation when you are using an operating system with potential security flaws which are not going to be fixed.
In practical terms – it may cost you more in time wasted recovering data from a system crash or a virus than installing Windows 10.
Unless your PC is very old, Windows 10 will run on the machine you have been using with Windows 7 it’s just a matter of upgrading. If you do decide to upgrade your PC, remember that UK charities can benefit from discounted software donated through the Charity Digital Exchange programme.
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) have an excellent, more detailed blog post for more information
For those of you that hate change – once you’ve made the move you can customise Windows 10 to look like 7!