Goodbye Windows 7 support, RIP by Jan 2020 as planned

Goodbye Windows 7 support, RIP by Jan 2020 as planned

Extended support for Windows 7 will stop completely in 11 months time, on 14 January 2020, yet 28% of all computers are still running the almost ten-year old operating system.

In fact, the number of enterprise businesses still running Microsoft Windows 7 could be significant.

Standard support for Windows 7 stopped four years ago in 2015 and like with Windows XP the operating system degraded to extended support for five years. Extended support means that PCs will still receive security updates and bug fixes.

However, after 14 January 2020, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 (and 2008 R2) support will be discontinued entirely and will join its operating system predecessors to the proverbial cemetery.

What does this mean?

This is a huge problem as without security updates or hot fixes, operating systems are exposed to huge amounts of cyber security risk, such as cryptolocker and ransomware attacks.

Microsoft’s date for the end of extended support will also ensure software vendors stop supporting Windows 7 and Server 2008, which means critical business applications that currently reside on Windows 7 and Server 2008 will also cease to work.

What’s the plan?

Organisations need to have migrated to Windows 10 before January 2020. For Windows Server 2008 it will mean a local hardware and operating system upgrade to Windows Server 2016 or a migration to Azure’s cloud infrastructure where existing licenses can be used as well as benefiting from Microsoft’s three years of Extended Security Updates at no additional cost.

The only alternative will be special support purchased directly from Microsoft, like it offered for Windows XP, but this is very expensive and is usually reserved for the public sector, such as the MoD, Metropolitan Police and NHS.

Both the Met and the NHS were heavily criticised for failing to migrate to Windows XP quickly enough which caused the NHS a huge problem during the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017. That cryptolocker incident solely targeted vulnerabilities in XP computers and brought the NHS to a dangerous standstill.

By January 2023, all forms of support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 will end, together with the much less popular extended support for Windows 8 as well.

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If you are currently using Windows 7 or Server 2008, call us on 0203 728 2555 or click here to request a call back and we’ll explain how we can migrate your computers and servers to the latest Microsoft Windows operating systems to ensure the stability of your IT security and infrastructure.

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David has held positions as Operations Director and Head of IT in legal and professional firms for more than 10 years. He is a Director and co-owner of Amazing Support, a Microsoft Silver & Cyber Essentials accredited specialist Managed IT Support and Cyber Security company. David actively helps SME businesses receive better Managed IT Support and Cyber Security Services in the London and Hertfordshire areas. He also assists overseas companies who are looking to expand their business operations into the UK and helps with their inward investment IT process. A member of The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and an event speaker promoting business start-ups and technology awareness. Married with a son, you will often see him riding his bicycle around the Hertfordshire towns! David participates in charity bike rides and is a keen Krav Maga practioner.