1. New, full-screen warning pop up. While Microsoft (as well as eNet Systems) has been warning Windows 7 users for more than a year that the operating system (OS) will no longer be supported after January 14, 2020, not all users have updated their systems. Users are still able to operate Windows 7 after this date, but they are more susceptible to security risks. To drive this point home, beginning on January 15, Microsoft is delivering a new, full-screen notification to clearly state that the operating system is out of date and updating to a newer one should be a priority.
2. No more security updates or patches. Despite the risk, some users will delay the decision to update their system. Perhaps this analogy will help you see the importance of taking action. If you continue to run Windows 7, but then encounter a problem, it's basically like calling 911 when you are severely injured but finding out that all the operators have gone home. In essence, the Microsoft developers who keep updating their software to keep you protected haven't gone home, but they are working on newer software programs and you are on your own for Windows 7.
3. Your system will be at the mercy of hackers. With no new security updates, your computers will be at the mercy of the hackers. Once they find a vulnerability in Windows 7, your system will be open to attack and all your personal data will be at risk.
4. Browsers will only work for a limited time. Google has already announced it will only continue to support its Chrome browser on Windows 7 until July 2021. Microsoft officials are working on their end-of-life-date for the Edge browser on Windows 7.
5. Option One - update to Windows 10. Small business owners should upgrade their OS to Windows 10. The free Windows 10 update offer has long since expired, so you will need to purchase a license. However, it's important that you first check the compatibility of your computer system with Windows 10. Consult with your IT professional or call eNet Systems for assistance.
6. Considering upgrading your hardware as well as software. You may find that it makes better financial sense to update both your hardware and software instead of trying to run new software on old machines. If your hardware is too old, you might have no choice but to upgrade.
7. Option Two - purchase additional support. Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for Windows 7 for up to three years to business users who purchase Extended Security Updates for each of their PCs running the OS. It also will provide Windows 7 security updates for no additional charge for three years to users who purchase Windows Virtual Desktop. Office 365 ProPlus will continue to work on devices with Windows 7 Extended Security Updates through January 2023, Microsoft officials have said.
If you would like help upgrading to Windows 10, please call eNet Systems at 281-403-9561 or email us.