4 November 2021

The end of Windows 7: don’t let it be the end of you

Last month, Microsoft officially ended its support of Windows 7, a decade-old operating system. The original end-of-support was actually in January 2020, so users squeezed a good extra 20 months out of it. Now it’s officially done.

While most users have long since abandoned Windows 7 in favour of various newer flavours of the Windows OS, there are still many computers running the outdated operating system. Many experts saw Windows 7 as a significant advance over its predecessor, Windows Vista, as well as more reliable than its immediate successor, Windows 8; it received positive reviews on a considerably more consistent basis than any of the others. That reason, combined with many people's and businesses' aversion to replacing a functional system ("if it ain't broke, don't fix it"), has resulted in Windows 7 continuing to run on a substantial number of devices for more than a decade after its initial release.

However, running Windows 7 today can result in many major issues, which you should be aware of.

  • Windows 7 systems may suffer from vulnerabilities that will not be fixed.
  • Hardware may stop working.
  • Newer software packages may create conflicts, incompatibilities, and vulnerabilities.
  • Questions may be left unanswered – leading to dangerous mistakes.
  • New functionality will not be added.

We've had already encountered the following:

  • Creating VPN and VPN connections will fail after some time.
    • An upgrade to service pack 1 or 2 is required for some devices, but this will not be the case for long.
    • After a certain period, services will cease to function.
  • Programming icons began to vanish.
    • Every time that problem arose, we had to reinstall the programs.
  • The cost of servicing obsolete Windows 7 machines will be prohibitive.

This is what you should do as soon as possible:

  • All PCs and laptops in an organisation that has an original Windows 7 license must be upgraded to Windows 10 Professional.
  • Alternatively, they must be replaced with new devices that run at least Windows 10 Pro.

If you keep running Windows 7, it’s just a matter of time before your business applications stop working altogether or you experience a security attack. Or both. Either way, you will lose a lot of money.

Contact Salt at contact@salt.na for a discussion about the best, cost-effective solution to keep your business running smoothly and safely. Our people will enable your people.

Author: Ivan Musuuo - Field Engineer @ Salt



Based in Windhoek, Namibia, Salt Essential IT is one of Africa’s most awarded Microsoft Direct Cloud Solution providers, enabling and supporting clients ranging from small and medium to enterprise.
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