301-571-5040    Get SUPPORT

Washington Works Blog

Windows 7 Support Available, For a Price

Windows 7 Support Available, For a Price

Microsoft is coming to the end of its support for the wildly popular Windows 7 operating system, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t make a contingency plan for those organizations that haven’t yet made the jump to new systems. It just won’t be cheap. We’ll break down the upcoming Windows 7 end of life event, and how Microsoft is offering an olive branch of sorts to organizations that simply haven’t upgraded away from this OS.


Windows 7 was the most popular operating system the company known for its operating systems has ever had. More PCs ran Windows 7 than any other OS in history. To tell you just how popular it was, Windows 10 (Microsoft’s current OS) was launched in July of 2015, and was immediately offered to users running Windows 7 and 8.1 for free. That deal came and went, and despite all Microsoft’s efforts to get more people upgraded to Windows 10, it took until December of 2018 for Windows 10 to pass Windows 7 in number of users. Windows 10 is now running on over 700 million devices.

This push was a long time in the making; and, still, Windows 7 is running on over 600 million devices as of this writing. With end of support coming in January of 2020, Windows 7 still is run by over 30 percent of the devices in the world. As a result, there are people and organizations that simply will not be able to upgrade away from Windows 7. Regularly, this would be a moment of major trepidation for companies, especially. Unsupported software of any kind is a major problem, but with an operating system doing a lot of the heavy lifting, it is integral that an OS is running the most up-to-date security software.

Windows 7 Extended Security

For those organizations that, for whatever reason, can’t stop using Windows 7, Microsoft has your back. Noting the immense amount of PCs still running the OS under a year from its EOL date, Microsoft has made available Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. This program will add support through January 2023, giving these organizations a lot more time to figure out their next move.

The kicker is, that it is expensive. The add-on support will be sold per-device in one-year increments, with costs expected to double each year. To cover a single Windows 7 PC for three years would run about $175 if the company is already a Windows 10 Enterprise or Microsoft 365 Enterprise customer. If it isn’t (and doesn’t plan on becoming one), it will cost $350 per Windows 7 system. There are also additional fees for organizations that need to jump into coverage in years two or three.

Your Options

Your options are pretty simple. Either ante up and upgrade to Windows 10, or ante up on extended support. Microsoft offers Windows 10 options for all types of organizations. Today Microsoft makes this easier than ever. The professional consultants at Washington Works can help you acquire and maintain any software solution you need for your business. We can deliver the on-premise or cloud-hosted solutions needed to get your business’ IT assets protected and routinely upgraded. Call us today at 301-571-5040 for more information.

Tip of the Week: Android Pie Tips and Tricks
Checking in on Net Neutrality


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Saturday, March 23 2019
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Business Computing Cloud Privacy Productivity Malware Hackers Business Email Software Network Security Hosted Solutions Tech Term Data Internet Data Backup Computer IT Support Data Recovery Mobile Devices Efficiency Innovation Backup Managed IT Services User Tips Ransomware IT Services Google Cloud Computing Business Management Microsoft Small Business Workplace Tips Productivity Outsourced IT Hardware Paperless Office Android Managed Service Provider Encryption Smartphone Business Continuity Windows 10 Office 365 Social Media Remote Monitoring Collaboration Communication Server Phishing Browser Data Management Upgrade Smartphones Save Money Windows 10 Managed IT Services Disaster Recovery Bandwidth Communications Government Employer-Employee Relationship Cybersecurity VoIP Holiday Healthcare Passwords Business Technology Automation Risk Management Apps Artificial Intelligence Unified Threat Management Document Management BDR Infrastructure Tip of the week Internet of Things Antivirus Saving Money Scam Compliance Windows Vulnerability BYOD IT Management Managed Service App Work/Life Balance Wi-Fi Information Facebook Quick Tips Word Virtual Reality Politics Chrome How To Microsoft Office Applications File Sharing Customer Relationship Management Big Data SaaS Hosted Solution Vendor Management Office Network Mobile Device Password Blockchain Money Two-factor Authentication VPN Maintenance Chromebook Server Management Analytics Firewall Tech Support Virtual Private Network Private Cloud Computer Care Professional Services Access Control HIPAA Downtime Taxes Management Alert Hacker Health Mobile Security Training Websites Samsung Smart Technology Website Physical Security Twitter Tablet Meetings Electronic Medical Records Bring Your Own Device Patch Management Botnet Computing Router Remote Monitoring and Management Robot Employees Automobile Data loss Machine Learning Wireless Remote Workers Gmail Identity Theft Company Culture Social Mobile Device Management Recovery Remote Computing Regulations Point of Sale How To Storage Telephone Systems IoT G Suite Data Security Augmented Reality Electronic Health Records Upgrades Processors Notes Black Friday Social Networking Backup and Disaster Recovery Search Alerts GPS IT Support Touchscreen Procurement Legislation Chatbots Motion Sickness High-Speed Internet Finance Settings Fraud Star Wars Monitoring IT Budget IBM Enterprise Content Management Bookmarks Corporate Profile Outlook Voice over Internet Protocol Dark Web Nanotechnology Asset Tracking Tech Terms Google Drive The Internet of Things Cyberattacks Solid State Drive Statistics PowerPoint Cyber Monday Motherboard Web Server MSP Human Error Lenovo Licensing Office Tips Tracking Consulting Cabling Cortana Black Market Security Cameras Mouse Identity Gadgets Budget Development Authentication Digital Mail Merge Error Cost Management USB SharePoint Digital Payment Unified Communications Favorites WannaCry Shortcut Crowdsourcing Net Neutrality Microsoft Excel Screen Reader IT Consultant OneNote Theft VoIP Techology Emoji Enterprise Resource Planning Files Hard Disk Drive Bluetooth Virtual Assistant Cameras Proactive Permission Firefox Superfish Cooperation Dongle Managed Services Provider Printing Users Cables Authorization Spyware Address Hotspot Assessment Staffing Downloads IT Technicians Cybercrime Customer Service Project Management Monitors Personal Information Windows 7 Smart Tech Employee-Employer Relationship Avoiding Downtime Staff Administrator Mobile Read Only Software as a Service Distributed Denial of Service Law Enforcement CCTV Test Update Unified Threat Management Service Level Agreement E-Commerce Disaster Heating/Cooling Remote Worker Comparison Webcam Wires Legal Language Internet Exlporer Multi-Factor Security Mirgation Spam Vulnerabilities Conferencing Connectivity Education Time Management User Error Notifications Wasting Time Managed IT Service Gadget Modem WPA3 RMM Networking Utility Computing Features Uninterrupted Power Supply Servers IT Solutions ROI Specifications Zero-Day Threat Sports Computing Infrastructure Value WiFi Network Management Virtualization Financial Google Calendar Travel Geography Instant Messaging YouTube Computer Repair Permissions Relocation Cleaning Printer Wearable Technology Supercomputer Managing Stress Help Desk Managed IT Database Break Fix Cookies Fleet Tracking Operating System Regulation Wireless Technology 5G Safety Marketing Competition IP Address Miscellaneous Hiring/Firing Mobile Office Domains CrashOverride Fun Printers Public Speaking Emergency Presentation Lithium-ion battery Hard Drives