As all good things come to an end: on January 14th, 2020 the Windows 7 era will conclude when Microsoft support for the product will cease. Of course, Microsoft have given ample notice and companies had been preparing for the switch for some years. Yet many questions had to be answered:
- Could a standalone Windows 7 system continue to run unaffected?
- What would happen if the Windows 7 system was integrated into another system?
- Would new hardware be needed and what would be the cost of this across the entire organization?
- What would the budget for the switch likely to be?
- Could virtualization fix the problem?
- What support would be available to migrate over onto a new system?
The answers to these questions were not always straightforward and easy, and it became clear that there were indeed significant issues raised by the end of Windows 7 support. The most significant issues can be grouped into four major categories, of which, security issues are the most critical.