After 10 years, all support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 ended on 14th January 2020.
Support for Windows 7 has ended, this is what Microsoft says on their website:
“As of 14th January 2020, your computer running Windows 7 will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:
· Technical support for any issues
· Software updates
· Security updates or fixes
While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.”
So, what should you do now?
It is essential to start work on this migration as soon as possible. Allteks can help you with this process. We’ll take a look at the devices you are using, determine how many are utilising Windows 7, and ensure your hardware isn’t out of date. We will work with you to provide a recommended path for an upgrade with a clear budget and timeline for completion.
To offer additional support to Allteks clients during this transition period, we will continue managing Sever 2008 for a further 30 days. Upgrading a servers operating system can be complex and require time. It is crucial to get in touch with us as there will be no security patches or security updates provided by Microsoft and your organisation will be at greater risk of security breaches. If you continue to run Windows 7 on your PC’s or laptops, the support we offer can not include slow running machines.
Are you continuing to use Windows 7 and Server 2008?
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warns in a statement that individuals and organisations using windows 7 should cease using their devices to access their bank, credit cards and email accounts.
“The NCSC would encourage people to upgrade devices currently running Windows 7, allowing them to continue receiving software updates which help protect their devices. We would urge those using the software after the deadline to replace unsupported devices as soon as possible, to move sensitive data to a supported device and not to use them for tasks like accessing bank and other sensitive accounts. They should also consider accessing email from a different device.”