What does Windows 7 End of Support mean?

According to a study by NetMarketShare in 2018, nearly 41% of businesses are still using Windows 7. With Microsoft finally retiring support for the operating system on January 14th, 2020; businesses have little choice but to upgrade their mission critical systems to Microsoft’s now mature Windows 10.

Windows 7 is still safe to use (for now), as extended support is currently providing patches to any discovered security threats. After January 14th though, any further exploits or 0day attacks will go un-treated by Microsoft. 3rd party vendors will drop support for the OS as they have done with Windows Vista and Windows XP years ago.

It’s not all bad though! Upgrading to Windows 10 brings some great features that weren’t even dreamed of back when Windows 7 was mainstream. Features like Windows Hello and a whole suite of biometric and password-less login options, Focused Assist and Windows Timeline, and Single sign-on to name a few.

We can help you and your business plan for, prepare, and successfully migrate critical systems and software to Windows 10 and Server 2019 and can ensure the best possible transition for your business!


Joshua Eimer is a managing partner and Director of Northwestern Operations at LTB Computer Solutions Inc.

Joshua designs and builds technology systems that solve problems and objectives for small and mid-size businesses and organizations. Joshua has worked in the technology industry for over 15 years and has worked with companies including Microsoft, Smart Technologies, and Home Depot. Joshua provides solutions across many diverse spaces including healthcare, manufacturing, finance, not-for-profit, and the vibrant tourism and hospitality industry.