Microsoft, in a recent press release has announced that it will be discontinuing support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 operating systems. This means Microsoft will no longer be providing security improvements or technical support for these operating systems.
Windows 7 is one of the most popular and widely adopted operating systems of all time. It was first in 2020 when Microsoft began winding down its support for the OS. Because of such widespread use, Microsoft decided to extend basic security patching into early 2023. Windows 8/8.1 are more recent iterations of the Windows operating system. These versions of Windows never became popular with users or businesses, and so they will also be losing support from Microsoft in tandem with Windows 7.
Microsoft is now encouraging users and businesses to make the switch to either Windows 10 or 11. These operating systems receive regular security patches and technical updates. This should not come as a surprise as Microsoft has been highly touting their more recent operating systems and encouraging individuals and businesses to make the switch.
What should I do if I am running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1?
As a business owner or individual you will have to decide whether to upgrade your machines to Windows 10/11 or to replace legacy machines altogether. Generally speaking if your machines are 3 years or older they should be replaced. Anything newer can be considered for upgrading rather than replacement. It is important to note however that Windows 10/11 are more demanding of your computer hardware and you may still wish to consider replacement for performance reasons.
Working with an experienced IT provider is a great way to navigate this process for your business. Tech Mesa begins by conducting an IT site survey to determine what your needs are and locate any problem areas. We will develop an upgrade or replacement plan for you at a price that fits your budget. We will be there to assist you every step of the way.