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Microsoft to End Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 in 2020

2 min read | Apr 24, 2019

Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Coming To An End

On January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will end the extended support of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 for all devices.

Though security patches and regular maintenance has continued since 2015, the end of extended support means all further security updates will cease after January 14th.

What To Do: Update Before January 14th

We get it, you’re busy. But without routine security updates, the threat of a data breach raises drastically. Here are the key reasons to upgrade as soon as possible:

  • Potential security breach with the outdated version
  • Time to troubleshoot if there is a problem
  • Ease of transition to the new systems

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 FAQ:

Will I be able to upgrade to Windows 10?

In most cases, yes. Devices that are old might not be compatible, so we suggest determining whether you should upgrade or replace your device now. Keep in mind that a computer still running with these operating systems is likely outdated. With the pace of technology advancement, it makes sense in most situations to replace machines rather than upgrading them. To learn more about updating your device to Windows 10, read this.

Will my applications work on the updated Windows?

Yes, they should. Many applications providers have released Windows 10 versions, but you should check that your needed applications can be supported.

Will Internet Explorer continue to be supported on Windows 7?

After January 14th, Internet Explorer on Windows 7 will no longer be supported.

Can I still use Windows 7 after January 14th?

After support ends, you can still use Windows 7 but your devices will be vulnerable to security issues and viruses. We strongly recommend updating all systems.

Say Goodbye to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

All good things must come to an end, but even better things are on the horizon for your business! Now that you know about the end of support for Windows 7, you can start planning for the next phase of operating systems for your devices.

Ask us about Windows 7

If you want to learn more about Windows 7 or upgrading your devices to Windows 10, contact the IT security experts at Benton Tech today.