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Windows 7 End of Life?

Microsoft has publicly announced 14-Jan-2020 as the end date for extended support also known as End of Life (EOL), for the Windows 7 operating system. Mainstream support for Windows 7 actually ended 13-Jan-2015, which meant new features stopped being added, and warranty claims were no longer valid. However, the operating system has still been patched and updated to make sure security issues and bugs are fixed. Next January, this ends as well.

But this doesn’t mean Windows 7 will stop working mid January; you’ll still be able to use Windows 7 as long as you want! And Lynmar Solutions continues to support clients using older operating systems and applications, so there is no need for any change if you'd rather keep using your current version.

However, if you are concerned about potential problems and lack of support, what are the options?

  1. Remain as-is; the only real down-side being that newer applications and web sites, etc, are only being developed for current operating systems and software; this is fine, unless or until you need to use any of these applications
  2. Upgrade to Windows 10; for ongoing application availability, functionality and support, probably the better option. Presently the free upgrade remains available to download [Microsoft's Media Creation Tool] and retains your existing, currently installed applications and data, generally a simple process. If you need any guidance we can assist you with this procedure.
  3. Rather than continue with Microsoft's Windows, you might consider this an opportunity to transition to an alternative operating system such as Linux, a more than capable competitor which can even emulate Windows should there be any apps you have to continue to use. There are several versions (dsitributions) that can be run from CD without any installation so it can be tried without any loss of Windows!
  4. On a similar theme,you could try Apple which has a reputation for building well-designed hardware running its easy to use operating system. Most Windows programs are also available for the Mac and plenty of alternatives, plus a Windows emulator as well. The only downside is that Apple offers the most expensive option.

If you need any general, installation or support advice or assistance with any of the above options, please don't hesitate to phone us on 01702-324034 or email us at [email protected]