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Windows 7 end-of-life is here

Windows 7 comes End of life is here tomorrow – 14th January 2020!

 

What Does End of Life mean to your business?

As many are aware from news articles and possibly your administrators, Windows 7 going to be end of life as of tomorrow (14th January 2020) and at LBT we raise the questions, are you prepared? And has anyone explained exactly what “End of Life” means?

 

Over the past few months and weeks we have had several queries pass through our inboxes in regards to the big cloud which is looming, for the end of the life of one of the most popular products in the Microsoft catalogue “Windows 7”. The biggest question is “What does End of life mean and will I still be able to use my computer after the 14th?” the truth is “end of life” is the support Microsoft will give to the devices using the operating system. Your computer won’t stop working when you wake up in the morning and for a few days and possibly weeks you won’t notice much of a change, but due to no more security patches being released the system is now extremely vulnerable.

 

Once support ends for the system it gives the attackers the final canvas to work on and find the gateways into your system which will open your network to several forms of attack. This will also mean a lot of applications will be incompatible and stop working, including websites and applications.

 

 

What can I do to keep my company safe and secure?

So, what can you do to save your company from this vulnerability and ensure your systems stay up to date and working correctly?

 

As a company You have several options; the easiest and most straight forward would be to buy a new computer which has windows 10 installed and will be supported until 2025, Purchasing new equipment does seem like an expensive step but upgrading your kit can give you assurance that the computer will be compatible with the software and is more likely to last through windows 10 life cycle. Hardware is also changing every day and putting money into your computer systems is a very critical part of business now, It allows your employees to produce work faster and more reliably while also giving your customers more assurance that your modern and secure.

 

The alternative method would be to upgrade your machines using a window 10 license. You may need help setting this up and configuring your computer but it does save money on Hardware. This would only be suggested if you have a computer which is sufficient for running the operating system, the official requirements are below:

 

What requirements will allow me upgrade software only?

Here’s what it takes to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet:

 

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800 x 600

 

These requirements are for basic usage (web browsing etc) but if you want a device which will be good for business, our suggestion would be similar to the below specifications:

 

  • Processor: 2/3 gigahertz (GHz) quad core or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 8 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 8 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800 x 600

 

The large attack on the NHS last year was due to several of the machines (over one million) were still using Windows 7 & XP which is what made the system vulnerable. This shows that upgrading your systems is vital for security for yourselves and customers.  If you do have any queries of questions then please contact us at LBT. We can check your devices are compatible and lead you forward to upgrading your computers and network.

 

 

End of Life for windows 7 will be the 14th January 2020, ensure you have the latest patches and upgrades if you continue to use your devices while deciding on an upgrade. It is also important to inform your colleagues about the risks and be proactive if you do believe you may be under attack or have been compromised. At LBT We offer a range of friendly and approachable remote and onsite support to keep your company running at its full potential so you don’t have to worry, book a free consultation with LBT today here or call 01763 275 400.

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