10 years ago, the world welcomed Windows 7 with open arms. It combined the style of Windows Vista and the stability of Windows XP. In fact, Windows 7 performed so well, many have clung to it over the last 10 years. Prepare to let go and move on.

All Good Things Must Come To An End

Sadly, Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020. Originally, we discussed this topic in an episode of Tech Tip Tuesday. Don’t worry. Your computer won’t stop working. However, the risk of security breaches will go up dramatically over time.

Exactly What’s Happening

Microsoft releases security patches via Windows Update regularly. Your computer may install these automatically, or your MSP may handle this process for you. After January 14, Microsoft won’t release any additional security patches for Windows 7. They also won’t provide any technical support. If you’re running Windows 7 and experience any issues after January 14, you’re on your own.

Why This Matters

Researchers discover new vulnerabilities in Windows and other systems daily. Each one opens the door a little wider for ransomware. Hackers will exploit those vulnerabilities. The consequences can include everything from data compromise to complete hardware failure. Eventually, software companies will also stop supporting Windows 7. Perhaps most importantly, Windows 7 will no longer be compliant with HIPAA, PCI, or any other regulations when January rolls around.

How To Handle The Problem

You can pay to upgrade your computers to Windows 10, but performance can vary depending on the device. You may be better off purchasing completely new hardware. Either solution will eliminate the risk. There’s really not much else you can do. As much as we’ve loved Windows 7, it’s time to move on.

Hopefully, your organization planned for this predicament and has a solution in place. If not, there’s little time remaining. If you need help planning, purchasing hardware, or installation, request a free consultation from Pit Crew IT Services. Our certified technicians can migrate your organization to Windows 10, and you can spend January 14 worry-free as Windows 7 sails off into the sunset.

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