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End of Extended Support

Windows 7 and Server 2008

What is happening?

On January the 14th 2020 Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 reach their End of Extended Support milestone.

After a version of Windows has reached its end of mainstream support date, which was the 12th of January 2015 for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2, Microsoft offers Extended Support in which they will continue to provide critical security updates and paid support.


  Security Updates Non-Security Updates Support Paid Support
Mainstream Support Available Available Available Available
Extended Support Available Not Available Not Available Available


After the Extended Support deadline has been reached security updates and paid support are no longer available for these versions.

41% of all Windows desktop OS web traffic still originates from Windows 7 desktops

What does this mean?

As of the 14th of January 2020:


Microsoft will no longer be issuing security or reliability fixes for Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 operating systems.


– Systems running Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 will be at a much greater risk of direct compromise.


– Wider infrastructure accessible from Windows 8 or Windows 2008 R2 systems are at a greater risk of being compromised indirectly.


– Services run on Windows 7 or 2008 R2 are at risk of instability and performance degradation.

65% of medium/large businesses identified cyber security breaches in the last 12 months

UK Government 2018 National Cyber Security Survey

What are our options?

Option 1: Upgrade – Upgrade existing infrastructure or migrating to a supported operating system on premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid model.


Option 2 – Refactor for Cloud – Refactoring current services could mean moving from virtual machines into the cloud (IaaS), adopting a virtual desktop as a service or adopting more of service-based offerings (PaaS/SaaS).


Option 3 – Buy more time by migrating workloads to Azure – Have a service or application that cannot be moved from Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2? Is your legacy application replacement project overrunning? Migrating existing workloads to Microsoft Azure will buy you an additional 3 years support.

The WannaCry attack led to disruption in at least 34% of NHS trusts due to NHS organisations running unpatched or unsupported Windows operating systems.



UK National Audit Office

How we can help

It’s important your organisation has a plan to meet these tight deadlines, Coffee Cup Solutions can help to assess the risk to your organisation and create a plan that works for you.


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