The date for Windows 7 End of Life is 14th January 2020. This means Microsoft will discontinue all support, and all updates, including security updates.
Up to this date, we are in a phase known as “extended support.” During this phase, Microsoft is offering paid support, though not the complimentary support that comes with the license; and will continue to provide security updates, but not design and feature updates. After Windows 7 “end of life,” you can continue to use the OS, but at your own risk. New computer viruses and other malware will mean you will become vulnerable to attack.
Most organisations have or are in the process of rolling out Windows 10 and this can cause issues with the peripherals attached to your computer. As far as we are concerned at Genus, document, microfilm, large format and book scanners could be affected by the upgrade. Some of these scanners will operate in the windows 10 environment but many will not, some may appear to function correctly but then crash causing frustration and a loss of time-consuming work.
We recommend that if moving towards windows 10 and you have any doubts to contact us and we can discuss the options available to you. In some cases, you may need to purchase new hardware as the old hardware is simply not compatible and in other cases it may just be a simple software and firmware upgrade.