On the 31 October 2016 Windows 7 and 8.1 will reach End of Support Status (EOS)
End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
What should you do?
- Ask Mear Technology for asset report for existing customers this is a free of charge service that we can use to identify all the Windows 7 machines on your network and their approximate age. If you are not an existing customer contact us to discuss your options, we are here to help.
- Get a quotation to upgrade these machines to Windows 10 and gt a quotation to supply a new machine. It may not be the best course of action to upgrade old hardware and a better investment to replace this.
- Decline the quotation or accept the proposal and Mear Technology will arrange a time to complete the work.
So what does it actually mean when Microsoft products reach End of Support or End of Extended support?
When a product reached End of Support
- Microsoft no longer supplies non-security hotfixes unless you have an extended support agreement
- All warranty claims end
- Microsoft no long accepts requests for new features and design changes
When a product reached End of Extended support
- you can no longer count on any security patches
- you can no longer count on any reliability patches
- paid for support is no longer available from Microsoft
- Microsoft Knowledge Base or Support site at Microsoft Help and Support to find answers to technical questions will no longer be available.
When will extended support end for Windows 7 and 8.1?
Extend support for Windows 7 is 10th January 2020
Extend support for Windows 8.1 is 10th January 2023