Windows 7 legacy Operating System (OS) comes to an end in 8 weeks

On January 14, 2020, Windows 7 OS will reach end of support. We are urging customers who have not yet upgraded to plan this in immediately with your Account Manager.


Why do you need to upgrade?

When January 2020 comes along, support will stop for Windows 7.  That does not mean that PC’s running the OS will stop working, but it means there will be no more security updates or patches and no technical support.  Continuing to use Windows 7 without patches and updates will leave systems vulnerable to new exploits and malware as they emerge.

For all CT customers we would strongly recommend that running an unsupported OS isn't even an option, as it will compromise security, basic due diligence and compliance standards.


Windows 7 End of Life: what should you do?

There are a number of things we’d recommend you do in preparation for Windows 7 End of Life, and the first is to consider upgrading to a newer operating system.

Whilst you have a number of choices when moving operating systems, for CT customers, the obvious, least disruptive and simplest option is to upgrade to Windows 10.

To see what this process entails, speak to your Account Manager today.


What are the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10?

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has a number of benefits. For a start, because both operating systems are made by Microsoft. the upgrade process is relatively easy, and in many cases you can keep your files on your PC.

This means you'll experience the minimum of disruption when upgrading to Windows 10.

Most programs you use will have been updated to work on Windows 10 as well, and the layout and interface are similar to Windows 7, so you shouldn’t find it too hard to adjust.

Most importantly, your business will stay protected and compliant.


Can my PC support Windows 10?

Microsoft has made Windows 10 able to run on older hardware however, it’s still a modern operating system that might struggle to work well on your old Windows 7 machine.

Here’s the minimum specification for Windows 10: 

  • 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 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
  • Display: 800 x 600 resolution

If your Windows 7 machine doesn't meet these specifications you won’t be able to run Windows 10 – and even if your machine just meets the requirements, Windows 10 won’t run that well.

Upgrading to a new machine is another option, and Windows 7’s End of Life could be a good excuse to spoil yourself with a new and more powerful PC, with Windows 10 installed.

Speak to your Account Manager today to discover the wise range of business grade hardware available from CT.