Windows-7 End of Life Checklist

Windows-7 End of Life Checklist

With Microsoft phasing out these systems we have put together a useful guide, to ensure you are prepared.

Frequently Asked Questions


What does end of life (EOL) mean?

It means Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 with new updates or security patches.

When is it happening?

January 14, 2020.

Can we still use Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008?

EOL doesn’t mean these systems will stop working. Without security updates, however, they will quickly become highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks that can put your entire business at risk.

What are our options?

Windows 7

  • Upgrade to Windows 10 (most popular option)
  • Move to Microsoft 365 (combining Windows 10 and Office 365

Windows Server 2008

  • Upgrade to Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019
  • Migrate to Office 365 suite of services
  • Identify systems that need to be upgradIed (We can do this for you Free of charge)
  • Identify programs that aren’t supported by the new operating system
  • Run compatibility tests to see how machines and applications perform on new operating systems
  • Review new operating system requirements and determine if older machines need to be replaced
  • Isolate machines that can’t be upgraded or replaced from critical systems
  • Determine whether you want to stick with an on-premise server or whether you could benefit from moving to the cloud
  • Come up with a migration plan, schedule, and budget
  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the migration

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