Windows 7 support will end on January 14th, 2020. PCs with Windows 7 operating systems will still work after support has ended, but they will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because there will be no further software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft. Even if dangerous security risks are found in Windows 7, Microsoft won’t issue security updates.
Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to a new PC running Windows 10 sometime before January 14th 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.
Obviously, you can run antivirus and malware software etc. but this is never as good as an official security update from Microsoft and security programs will also begin withdrawing support for older versions of Windows
New Hardware May Not Work
New hardware components and peripherals might not work on a windows 7 machine as manufacturers will not create hardware drivers for old, out-of-date operating systems.
Software Companies Support
Although it may not happen immediately, when Microsoft ends Windows 7 support that’s also a signal to other software companies who will also stop supporting Windows 7.
While continuing to use windows 7 in a home environment may be worth the risk for a while, in a business environment Data Security and specifically GDPR responsibilities dictate that an early upgrading to a Win10 environment is a prudent decision.
Once you have upgraded to new hardware Electronic Recycling can help with recycling your old equipment and specifically we can look after data destruction by wiping or shredding the hard drives. See our Data Destruction page
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