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What are the concerns around the Windows 7 end of life?

As the Windows 7 end of life arrives, IT admins must find extended support for the OS. Microsoft provides some help, but it won't always be free.

The Windows 7 end of life is nearly here, and desktop administrators must decide whether it's worth sticking with the stable version or migrating. Microsoft offers two kinds of support for Windows operating systems: mainstream and extended.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 includes automatic updates, patches, service packs and performance improvements, along with free phone and online assistance through Microsoft Support and the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

Mainstream support is typically available for five years from the date the OS was released to the public or for two years after the next operating system or the "successor" -- which is Windows 8 in this case -- is released, whichever is longer.

On Jan. 13, 2015, mainstream support ends for Windows 7, at which time service packs and new features are no longer released, and phone and some forms of online support are no longer free.

Extended support for Windows 7 includes security updates and self-help information available through the Microsoft Support site and the Microsoft Knowledge Base. Special editions of Windows 7 -- typically for business and developers  -- get 10 years of online self-help support.

Paid support plans, such as Premier and Essential Support, are also available. Extended support is available for five years from the date the OS was released to the public, or for two years after the second successor operating system is available, whichever is longer.

Information about mainstream and extended support is available in the Windows lifecycle fact sheet and in the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ.

To prepare for the end of mainstream support, users should make sure they have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed and all security updates released by Microsoft after SP1. To verify, click the Start button, right-click Computer, and select Properties. The "View basic information about your computer" section at the top lists the Windows edition and the latest service pack that's installed.

Windows 7 SP1 is available through Windows Update (go to the Action Center or Control Panel) or can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center and installed manually.

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What are you doing to prepare for the Windows 7 end of life?
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To me, they are pretty much the same as I had back when I was dealing with the end of life with Win 95.  The problems are still there.  Dealing with data migration to the the new O/S, dealing with legacy systems that no one has come up with a better app, and the app will not run on a virtual machine, and you have to keep it running, and you have no options in the matter,  An lastly, is the security issues involved with end of life.  As soon as migrate to a new O/S then you better start planning for the next one, because if you don't then you will have serious issues.
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I had a typo in my first comment.  As soon as you migrate to a new O/S then you better start planning for the next one, because if you don't then you will have serious issues.
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I don't know what to do but good question

What you say relates to the time when I had a Windows 7 computer. I have upgraded my computer to windows 8.1


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Since Windows 10 is now active, that means Vista, and Windows 7 are on the chopping block   The same issues that I mentioned in an earlier reply are still there, with some new ones.  It has already become evident that Edge (Internet Explorer) had security issues they have started issuing patches for.
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We've backed up everything. Uninstalled any programs that leave hooks in our registry or hidden files on our computers. We didn't but should have downloaded new drivers for everything - most were fine after the 10 transition, but some were not. Then we cross our fingers and pray for the best.

10 has been much smoother than past "upgrades" leaving far fewer programs to reinstall. All in all, we give 10 about an 8. Not bad, not perfect either.
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Yes! With Windows 7 your security remains in peril. You will also have to pay for services to receive security updates and Knowledge base information.
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It's a little amusing to me to think of Windows 7 'end of life' when my company has so many customers that have just started moving to Windows 7 from XP. Very few are moving directly to Windows 8.1, so few that we have only had to obtain and test our programs on Windows 8.1 machines in the last three months or so in advance of a single customer moving forward with it.
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We are mainly a Win7 shop, there are a handful on WIn10 and probably fewer on Win8. It seem like unless there is a need to upgrade, we stay put. Trying to get some of the older employees to learn a new OS with all of it's new features is another reason they may be reluctant to change. If our daily business requires the upgrade to do business with the outside world then those few systems are upgraded.
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