By Vaughna Schooler
Worried about Windows 7 End-of-Support? After 10 years, Microsoft support for Windows 7 has officially come to an end as of January 14, 2020. We know that change can be difficult, so we are here to help you with recommendations for what to do next and answer questions about end of support.
What happens when Windows 7 support ends? Now that Windows 7 has reached end-of-support your computer will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:
- Technical support for any issues
- Software updates
- Security updates or fixes
While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is to be running on a currently supported version of Windows 10. And, the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.
Will my Windows 7 computers still be covered under ClearIT?
M&I support for Windows 7 computers will be covered under the ClearIT Partner Program on a “best effort” basis. If lack of support from Microsoft and business application vendors becomes of issues M&I will work with you to bill outside of monthly ClearIT Partner Program agreement.
Support arising from any kind of security incident involving Windows 7 computers after January 14, 2020 will be billed outside of the agreement.
What do I do next?
Contact any member of our team to draft a Workstation transition plan. Our team of certified technology experts will:
- Document and assess your current technology and span class requirements of your business
- Create a transition plan to address the immediate-term needs and long-term opportunities
- Implement and support the plan