22nd January 2019


by: ctadmin


Tags: #itmanagement, #itstrategy, #windows10, #windows7


Categories: Latest News

Support for Windows 7 is ending

All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.

But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10

You have questions, we have answers


Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?

Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs, as long as they met the Minimum Windows 10 requirements. However, to take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend upgrading to a new PC with Windows 10.

What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?

You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to all types of security risks. Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates. At some point, as new security protocols come out, you will find you can no longer connect with things like email servers.

Can Windows 7 still be activated after January 14,2020?

Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses mentioned above it is not recommended. Microsoft recommends that you use Windows 10.

Will Internet Explorer still be supported on Windows 7?

Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support lifecycle.

Can I get a free upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free upgrade for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By purchasing Microsoft 365 Business your users can upgrade all of their old Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost. However, if you only have Windows 7 Home, you will need to purchase an upgrade.

Does this also apply to Windows Embedded 7?

There are a number of members of the Windows Embedded 7 product family with different support lifecycles. The earliest end of support date is January 14, 2020 and the others follow thereafter.

What Next?

Looking for help or advice on your best approach to upgrading from Windows 7 to ensure continued support and security, please get in touch to discuss your options and how CloudTree can help with your migration or IT Strategy and provide on-going support via our IT Managed Service.

Call us today on 020 3884 3598 or email sales@cloud-tree.co.uk