Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 end of life - What does this mean for my business?

Jon Smith

Windows 7 & Windows 2008 will still work BUT this means you and your business could be left vulnerable and risking security issues

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will go ‘End of Life’ on January 14th 2020, meaning they will no longer provide support or security updates for the product.

Windows7 Support ends

What does Windows end of Life mean for me and my business?

You will still be able to use Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, however, when the time comes, Microsoft will stop releasing security updates.

This means you and your business could be left vulnerable and risking security issues as happened when Windows XP finished a few years ago.

Does it really matter?


You will still be able to use the operating system but you will be at risk.

These risks include;

  • Being more vulnerable to hackers
  • Easier target for viruses and malware
  • Higher risk of Cyber crime and data breaches
  • Less protection on data
  • Not compliant with GDPR regulations

Microsoft will not take responsibility for any security breaches that could happen to Windows 7, after the end of life date. With this in mind you are in danger of breaching GDPR as you are putting your data at risk - Imagine using a product that a company doesn’t want to take responsibility for anymore. You’ll be using the product at your own risk. Computer threats are now developed daily. Although there is technically nothing stopping you from continuing to use Windows 7, it’s important to understand that continuing to use it will expose your business and make your data vulnerable. Without regular patches and security updates, you’re basically at the mercy of hackers.

Our Recommendation

Both EC Computers and Microsoft strongly recommend that all computers using Windows 7 are either replaced or upgraded to Windows 10; Aside from the security improvements that Windows 10 brings, there are also several other benefits including greater performance and improved user experience.

Try this link to see your systems about settings: Open About Settings - If this doesn't work for your system click the link below for instructions:

To find a quick way to check which version of Windows your device is running click here

If you would like to discuss the best options for your business, give us a call on 0117 200 1000.

Before you Upgrade to Windows 10.....

As with all software changes there are a few areas that you will need to consider before you start:

The primary step, as with all software/hardware changes is BACKUP you files and photos.... then look at
  • Software and Old/Legacy software - Most software has improved sufficiently that it will work on Windows 10 but we recommend that you list your key business applications and test them on a Windows 10 PC to ensure everything works; there may be an add-on or supplementary service that isnt compatible.
  • Computer specification - Windows 7 has been around for a number of years and you may be using a relatively old PC. Microsoft specification to run Windows 10 is relatively low but in reality, modern applications require a reasonable hardware platform to run effectively. 
  • User Training - Windows 10 and Windows 7 have many similarities but the differences, although small, may require a small amount of training and familiarisation for the user 

You wont be able to avoid the upgrade to Windows 10 after January 2020, so you should start your planning now.....  Call us on 0117 200 1000

Read Microsoft's FAQ on Windows 7 End of Life

Fancy an upgrade to a Newer, Faster Microsoft Office package? Ask us about our Microsoft 365 options to have a complete refresh of your computers.

How to Identify Windows Operating systems.

This document outlines the difference between windows 7 and windows 10 operating systems to easily identify what your computer has.

The best way to identify which operating system you are using is to look at the desktop.

Windows 10

If the bottom task bar looks similar to this, the 4 square start menu (bottom left) will look like the above picture.

Windows 7

If the desktop looks like the above picture, with the colorful start menu button (bottom left) it is Windows 7.


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