Windows 7 is on its way out…
What’s the problem with Windows 7?
New devices – PC’s, Laptops and Tablets – are no longer being pre-installed with Windows 7.
Although you have the theoretical option to install Windows 7 on a new device, please be aware that this presents a serious risk beyond the additional software and install costs you will incur.
Your new device may not work once you remove OEM software to revert back to Windows 7.
The problem you face in choosing to install Windows 7 on new devices comes from pre-installed vendor software other than Microsoft. New devices now being released have Intel’s sixth generation CPU, ‘Kaby Lake’, which Intel has declared does not specifically support Windows 7 and 8. Other manufacturers such as AMD, NVidia, and Qualcomm have also stated their new processors and chipsets may create conflict issues with Windows 7 and 8.
And that’s not all! Next generation Graphic and Printer Drivers on new devices are also not guaranteed to work with Windows 7.
What should you do?
If you have line of business applications such as practice management software, point of sale software or accounting systems check with the providers if their software will work with Windows 10.
If they don’t you need to put pressure on them to ‘get with the times’! By not supporting current operating systems, your support costs and your security risks are both increased.
Mainstream support from Microsoft for Windows 7 is finished
As of last month – January 2017 – Microsoft is only issuing patches for security holes and bugs in Windows 7. No new features will be added.
In the mean time, as always, rely on the safe hands at itro to guide you through the transition.