Laptop showing Windows 10
Laptop showing Windows 10

Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 have all had support ended. So, what does this mean for users?

Should you still be using Windows 7?

No. Support for Windows 7 was switched off on 14 January 2020. A significant amount of time has now passed to enable you to update your operating software to keep your device secure.

Ok, is it fine to still be using Windows 8 or 8.1 then?

Again, it’s a no from us. Windows 8.1 end of life was 10 January 2023. As soon as it’s out of support, it’s no longer advisable or safe to use.

What does end of life mean?

End of life on operating software like Windows 7 and 8 means there are no longer software updates, security updates or technical support for any issues you encounter. This leaves your PC, and your business vulnerable. If you are still running outdated operating software on your business PC, you have a greater risk of viruses and malware.

What should you do now then?

We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 or Windows 11 as soon as possible. You get built-in, ongoing security protection, increased efficiency with a faster, better-connected PC and upgraded preferences to give you a unique work style.

Additionally, if you are still using a device that was originally built with Windows 7 or 8, we’d recommend replacing the device altogether. It’s likely you will be using a 10-year+ old device, and whilst it may be capable of running Windows 10 or 11, ageing devices should be replaced with their newer, faster, more lightweight and powerful equivalents. A new PC will enable you to take full advantage of the latest capabilities a modern operating system has to offer.

If you need any support or advice when upgrading your operating system or device, get in touch with our team for a chat.

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