By Nicky / Last Updated January 20, 2020

What is the End of Life for Windows 7 (Enterprise)?

End of Life is the term that Microsoft uses to identify the period when the company will no longer support an operating system or application. Microsoft announced that it will officially begin the Windows 7 End of Life phase on Jan. 14, 2020, and the date applies to all of Windows 7 versions including Enterprise, Home, etc. On that day, the company will stop supporting Windows 7 on laptops and desktops, and will no longer patch it with security updates.

Windows 7 End of Life

Can you still use Windows 7 (Enterprise) after 2020?

After hearing that Windows 7 will end of support, you may wonder if you can still use Windows 7 (Enterprise) after 2020. The answer is yes. There's absolutely nothing stopping you from using Windows 7 even after its End of Life, but you should learn about the Windows 7 End of Life risks.

Actually, if you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will continue to start and run, but Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, software updates, and security updates for your business. That means no more bug-fixes, security patches or new functionality, making any personal user or enterprise more susceptible to malware attacks.

Therefore, even though users will be able to continue to run Windows 7 after that date, they'll be more susceptible to potential security problems, which is a horror story for computer user, especially for enterprises. To avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends you upgrade to Windows 10.

Can you upgrade Windows 7 (Enterprise) to Windows 10?

For most Windows 7 users, upgrading to Windows 10 will be the recommended path forward. Although the free Windows 10 upgrade program ended back on July 29, 2016, you can achieve free upgrade when Windows 7 End of Life directly by using the media creation tool or use it to download Windows 10 as an ISO file for free. (This is valid only if the PC is running a genuine Windows 7 OS). But users will still have to enter a valid Windows 10 product key or buy a full version.

How to upgrade Windows 7 (Enterprise) to Windows 10?

If you don’t know how to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 without losing data, you can refer to the detailed steps below. but Before you proceed to upgrade to Windows 10, you should pay attention to the following notification:

You should first have a license to install Windows 10.

Windows 10 Enterprise is required if you are upgrading from Windows 7 Enterprise.

Check the minimum hardware requirements for installing Windows 10.

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster processor or System on a Chip (SoC)

  • RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 32 GB for 64-bit OS

  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

  • Display: 800×600

1. Download the media creation tool from Microsoft. Click the Download tool now button to save the installer on your computer.

2. Right-click the MediaCreationTool.exe and select Run as administrator. On the License terms page, select Accept.

3. On the What do you want to do? page, select Upgrade this PC now, and then select Next.

4. After downloading and installing, the tool will walk you through how to set up Windows 10 on your PC. Enter your Windows 10 product key when prompted.

5. When Windows 10 is ready to install, you’ll see a recap of what you’ve chosen, and what will be kept through the upgrade. Keep personal files and apps is selected by default, and you can change the option by clicking Change what to keep.

Windows 10 install

6. Save and close any open apps and files you may be running, and when you’re ready, select Install. It might take some time to install Windows 10, and your PC will restart a few times. Make sure you don’t turn off your PC.

Note: You’d better backup files or entire Windows 7 system in advance just in case the upgrade does not run properly.

How to backup Windows 7 for Windows 10 Upgrade

To backup Windows 7, you can rely on a free backup tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard. This software works well on Windows Vista/XP/7/8/10, and with its System Backup function, you can easily create a Windows 7 system image to backup everything on your computer.

It supports to backup things to external hard drive, cloud drive, NAS, etc. And it has many useful features like Scheduled Backup, which can help you create an automatic backup task in daily/weekly/monthly mode. Now, download and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, then, follow the steps below to backup Windows 7.

1. Click System Backup under the Backup tab.

System Backup


2. As shown below, AOMEI Backupper has already chosen the system partition and boot related partition. Here, you only need to select a destination path for your backup. After that, click Start Backup.

Start Backup

Note: Before clicking Start Backup, you can click on Schedule button to set scheduled backup here. After setting, data will be backed up automatically.

Schedule Settings General

In addition, this software also allows you to restore the system image at any time if needed.

Restore

Note: The advanced version such as AOMEI Backupper Professional allows you to restore system image to computer with different hardware.

Bonus tip: What should do you if you want to continue using Windows 7

As mentioned above, the risk of not upgrading once support ends is that systems will become vulnerable to unpatched security risks and viruses. But if you still want to continue using Windows 7, it’s always a good idea to backup everything on your PC with free AOMEI Backupper Standard.

In this way, you can protect data from losing when your computer was attacked by viruses or malware because you can directly restore to an earlier state where there is no virus. But if you are a company running Windows 7 Enterprise, I suggest you upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise. Because even if you can prevent data loss through this method, your data leakage may cause you a lot of damage.

Conclusion

According to the contents above, when Windows 7 (Enterprise) End of Life, the best choice is to upgrade to Windows 10. But before upgrading, you’d better backup your whole computer with AOMEI Backupper to avoid data loss.

And if you want to continue using Windows 7, backing up your system with AOMEI Backupper is also necessary. With a backup in hand, you can restore your system to different hardware or original hardware when there is a system crash or other issue. Don't hesitate to use it to protect your computer!