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September 23, 2019

Getting Ready For Life After Windows 7 Support Dies on January 14, 2020

Windows 7 End of Support

What is Happening With Windows 7 on January 14, 2020?

In case you missed it, Microsoft Windows officially announced Windows 7 end of support to be effective January 14, 2020. This includes all patches and security updates as well. Microsoft has further announced that effective that same day, they will begin offering Windows 7 customers a monthly fee for extended support/security service as an option. “Windows 7 Extended Security Updates” (or ESU) will be a paid Microsoft offering through January of 2023.

Windows 7 End of Support Consequences and Recommendations:

You can continue to use Windows 7 after January 14, 2020 – you can actually even install and activate it as well. But once supports ends, your device(s) becomes at risk for security threats and you will no longer receive patches and feature updates as mentioned above. So, the obvious band-aid quick fix here is to purchase extended support when the time comes.

The strongest recommendation we have is to go ahead and upgrade to the next logical operating system and that is of course, Windows 10. Even some industries, like Healthcare for example, have to be careful not to be out of compliance with an out-of-date operating system according to related laws and regulations. But don’t worry, you have time to get ready.

Get started now on identifying devices that may need to be replaced or upgraded, then create a related timeline and budget for them. You can upgrade based upon Microsoft’s requirements. (According to Microsoft’s website, Microsoft 365 Business does come with a free upgrade for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on devices and is also for purchase.)

Something specific to note is that Internet Explorer will not be supported on Win 7 devices on and after the Windows 7 end of support Jan. 14th date, as Explorer – being a part of Windows OS – follows the same support life cycle and will discontinue. Additionally, many Windows Embedded 7 systems follow different life cycles, so be sure to check out their end of support dates - the earliest still at January 14, 2020.

Windows 7 End of Support

Windows 7 End of Support Virtual Desktops Tips:

Just as with physical computing environments, this Windows 7 end of support date may actually be the perfect time to upgrade your virtual desktop environments to accommodate Windows 10 or look for options in the Cloud for hosting Windows 10 virtual desktops. Our main tip is to look at licensing options for Windows 10 with respect to On-Premises /vs/ Cloud offerings. Compare offerings for Cloud/Subscription/Operating Expenses versus On-Premises/Hardware/Capital Expenses.

  • Cloud-Based: For cloud-based offerings, look at availability and scaling of Windows 10 virtual desktops to accommodate your migration. Review various Cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform for competitive options and pricing. In particular here, be sure to consider additional networking requirements as far as remoting graphics, audio, and peripheral needs.
  • On-Premise: Consider any compatibility/upgrade requirements for Hypervisors required to run Windows 10 as a Guest. A migration rollout or complete overhaul overnight will affect required additional compute capacity – plan as required, including vCPU/RAM and storage. Also consider any additional graphics acceleration requirements for Windows 10 and should you be considering additional compute to manage those needs? Or down tune to reduce compute overhead? Check out vendor websites that recommend tuning parameters for Windows 10 in VDI environments.
  • In General: Verify application and peripheral compatibility between Windows 7 & Windows 10. Where application layering is used with existing VDI, what level of migration and testing is required for Windows 10? Check with the application layering vendor for any do’s/don’t’s and recommendations for your migration. Are there new methods available for remoting, in particular graphics, for Windows 10 virtual desktops that weren’t available in Windows 7? Are your existing endpoints able to support these new methods natively? Similarly, for peripherals including webcams and headsets – are existing endpoints able to capitalize on new features?

How Will Windows 7 End of Support Affect 10ZiG Customers?

The main benefit for 10ZiG customers who already have a virtual desktop environment with 10ZiG endpoints and are planning a virtual desktop migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10, will be the fast and seamless way the upgrade takes place. With VDI, The 10ZiG Manager™, and 10ZiG endpoints – it’s just a matter of “flipping a switch” with no refresh, no down time, no IT struggles, and no loss of productivity or dollars.

10ZiG cutting-edge Thin & Zero endpoint devices are compatible with Windows 10 and any changes in related remoting requirements. Due to our superior Tech Support, a Windows 10 upgrade compatibility check is an easy process, done by contacting either your 10ZiG Account Manager and/or 10ZiG US/EMEA based Support Teams. A compatibility check may be needed for other vendors as well, if for example you want to find out whether a 10-year-old Thin Client is compatible with your plans to migrate to Windows 10 virtual desktops.

In general, there is indeed life after the death of support and security for Windows 7. In fact, Windows 10 just may be your best move with all its upgrade features. Just keep that critical Windows 7 end of support date in mind – January 14th, 2020 – and start to plan and budget now. Note: for Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1 Product on 10ZiG devices, the Extended Support End Date is October 13, 2020.

About 10ZiG:

10ZiG Technology is a world-market leader in Thin Client & Zero Client endpoint devices for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. A leading endpoint vendor for 15+ years with no slowdown in sight, 10ZiG is busier than ever with the emergence of the Digital Workspace movement and other innovations as mentioned. The 10ZiG cutting-edge Thin & Zero Client endpoint product line is ever expanding, as well as 10ZiG itself. A few of our recent hardware introductions include a high-security Thin & Zero Client with a rare fiber/SFP ready option with dual monitor 4K UHD support, along with a Quad Core Thin Client & Zero Client featuring 4K triple-monitor support, touch technology, and a PoE option.

Recognized as One of the 10 Most Promising Virtualization Solution Providers by CIO Review, 10ZiG Technology is a world-market leader in Thin Client & Zero Client endpoint devices for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. 10ZiG provides leading Intel and AMD based Dual and Quad Core Thin Clients and Zero Clients for VMware Blast Extreme & PCoIP, Citrix HDX and Microsoft environments, in addition to the widest range of Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients on the market. 10ZiG offers free, no-obligation demo devices, Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and Europe, and provides The 10ZiG Manager™ – its endpoint management software solution with Cloud capabilities completely free with unlimited user licenses supported.