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As Windows 7 support ends, these are your four options

January 13, 2020 / Ed Bott

If your business is still running on Windows 7, you have some important decisions to make, and very little time remaining. The end of Windows 7 support is officially just hours away -- on January 14, 2020. After that date, Microsoft will stop delivering security updates automatically, and by then many third-party vendors will have dropped support as well.
If the main reason is inertia, you'll need to find something to motivate yourself. You could, for example, calculate the costs of cleaning up after a successful ransomware attack that spreads over your network, including the loss of business while you scramble to recover.
Most businesses completed their planning for migration to Windows 10 long ago and are in the final stages of implementing that plan. If you're still procrastinating or have unresolved incompatibilities, it's time to get serious. (And just to make sure you're aware of the upcoming deadline, Microsoft is displaying pop-up notifications on Windows 7 PCs as the deadline approaches. After the deadline passes, you'll be greeted with a full-page message warning you that your operating system is no longer supported.