They say all good things must come to an end, and with the reign of Windows 7, this is no exception. Windows 7 is almost nine years old, at least two and a half versions behind Windows 10 and approaching an end of Microsoft support. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.
According to NetMarketShare’s September 2018 data, 40.88% are still using Windows 7 – compared to the 37.44% who have moved on to the latest operating system, Windows 10.
Windows 7 will eventually reach the end of its life cycle, making an upgrade an essential task for the safety of your PC.
Updating your operating system is critical to the safety of your PC. Leaving your computer running Windows 7 exploits your risk for viruses, bugs, spyware and beyond. Hackers and cyber criminals are more active now than ever. Older software will continue to have bugs and exploitable holes in the code that allow these cyber criminals to hack into your files, leaving your documents and data at risk without the latest updates. The updates from Microsoft include the most recent bug fixes and security patches applied by developers.
The good news is, there is an even better replacement to Windows 7 -- Windows 10. If you're feeling overwhelmed at the thought of updating your operating system or are unsure of your network's security, reach out to us below. We'd be happy to offer your business a free Microsoft Assessment to ensure you're on the right track to completing the update before the end of Windows 7's lifespan.
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