What Do I Need To Do To Prepare For Windows 7 End Of Life?

It’s time to say goodbye to Windows 7. For that matter, it’s also time to upgrade from Windows Server 2008 and Windows Small Business Server 2011. What do you need to know and do? We’ll tell you here.

You Should Upgrade To Windows 10 Now

Windows 10 has been out for several years, but many businesses in and around Peoria, IL, have yet to upgrade. However, all good things come to an end, and the end is coming soon for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Small Business Server 2011. It’s time to budget for the transition and upgrade now.

Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute To Upgrade

Mainstream support for these products ended on January 2015. Typically, Microsoft continues to provide extended support for five years after mainstream support has ended. This means that extended support will end in January 2020. But you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to act.

Don’t Wait To Upgrade Windows 7 Or You’ll Face Security & Other Problems

When extended support ends, Microsoft will no longer support your operating system with any type of patches. This means that your computer will be at risk and dangerous to use — Hackers and cybercriminals are targeting old systems that are still being used. This means that your computer and IT system will be a target.

Plus, your computer and IT system won’t be reliable. If you wait to upgrade:

  • Your applications may not be updated,
  • Your other software could be incompatible,
  • Utilities won’t be supported, and
  • New devices may not connect to your system.

Computer manufacturers will no longer support Windows 7. This means:

  • Things like printers, desktops, laptops and more won’t be guaranteed to work as they should.
  • Your security programs and third-party browsers won’t support Windows 7.
  • When you browse the Web, you could be exposed to cyber threats.

All of this will take place over time.

You May Need To Purchase A New Computer

It’s not too early to update to Windows 10. Just be sure that your hardware will support it. If you’re using Windows 7, getting a new device with the Windows 10 operating system is recommended.

Total cost of ownership studies shows that it’s wise to replace your computers at least every four years. Today’s computers are faster, more powerful and durable.

Newer computers also have longer battery life and provide increased security. Modern machines are typically less expensive than they were 8 years ago.

Upgrade & Take Advantage Of Windows 10 Benefits

Upgrading from Window 7 to Windows 10:

  • Makes computers run smoother and faster.
  • Provides a more economical use of memory and disk space.
  • Improves security.
  • Boots up your computer from sleep mode faster than before.
  • Provides many other benefits.

You can also benefit from access to features that Windows 7 doesn’t provide:

  • Use Cortana – a personal assistant that runs on artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Search the Web right from your desktop.
  • Get reminders based on time, places, or people.
  • Quickly add a virtual desktop.
  • New applications are available for all of your devices.
  • A brand new browser – Edge – is better suited to the modern web.
  • Track packages, teams, interests, and flights.
  • Create and manage lists.
  • Chit chat and play games.
  • Find facts, files, places, and info fast.
  • Open any app on your system.

There are RunTime apps for Mail, Photos, Maps, Calendar, Groove Music and more. And you can easily download any of the 700,000 applications from the Windows Store. Enjoy apps like:

Upgrade & Take Advantage Of Tax Breaks

Whether you upgrade now is up to you. You can get a tax break and write-offs if you upgrade before the year ends. If you need more time to budget, make this a priority. Remember, you have just over one year to figure out your best plan of action. January 2020 will be here before you know it.

Don’t Worry–The Transition Will Be Easier Than You Think

You’ll probably find that the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will be easier than you think. Sure, there are some changes, and it does look different. But at the end of the day, it’s still Windows.


It’s important that you budget for the changes needed. Whether you upgrade your existing computer or replace it, we can make recommendations and help you every step of the way.

Set Up An Appointment With ClearPath IT Solutions Now

No matter what you do or when, make sure to set up an appointment now so we can look at how you use your computer and what programs you need. We can check to make sure everything is compatible, find viable workarounds if necessary, and let you know if anything needs to be replaced before you upgrade.

No matter what, you’ll have to do something by 2020. If you don’t, you could put your company’s data at risk by operating a system that becomes less secure with each passing day.

Do You Have More Questions About Upgrading?

Every Windows operating system has a lifecycle. We’ll keep you updated on essential lifecycle dates. And, we can help you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software or hardware.

Contact the team at ClearPath IT Solutions In Morton, IL. Whether you work in healthcare, law, financial services or any other business in or near the Peoria Metro Area, we can answer your questions about Windows 10 and other Microsoft products.

In the meantime, stay up to date on what’s happening in the world of information technology. Visit our Blog. Here are a few examples of what you’ll find:

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The 2019 Cyber Security Guide For Financial Professionals

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