Windows 7 Ends Support January 14, 2020

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On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end all support for its Windows 7 operating system. Businesses continuing to use Windows 7 will be vulnerable to security risks and viruses, and you should run into problems with Windows 7, Microsoft will no longer be providing support options.

The reasons why are varied as to why some companies have not upgraded their computers from Windows 7.  For example, some businesses have not upgraded because it is incompatible with their existing business applications or processes. Others haven’t made the switch because their existing hardware will not support the next OS version. And while these are legitimate reasons for not upgrading, the risks for staying on Windows 7 are real.

The Risks

There are a number of risks you should be aware of if you’re currently still running Windows 7. For starters, Microsoft is no longer issuing updates or patches for any discovered security vulnerabilities. Hackers can and will exploit these vulnerabilities to infiltrate and attack computer systems.

Another risk stems from the fact that security software vendors will eventually stop supporting Windows 7. Without the latest anti-malware software updates, your computers will be at greater risk for viruses and other malware infections.

Using out of date and unsupported software can make it difficult to meet compliance with regulations and standards governing the protection of sensitive data. If you can’t protect your computers from new cyber attacks, you might be found in noncompliance with those regulations and standards, which can result in having to pay penalties. There is also the potential to lose business, as some customers avoid and/or are unable to do business with non-compliant companies.

Your Options

If any of your business’s computers are running Windows 7, we recommend:

  • Upgrading your machines to Windows 10 or other supported OS.
  • Purchasing new computers that run supported operating systems.

A one year extended support term for Windows 7 is available if necessary. We can provide you with more information – just ask.

Let’s talk about your software, hardware, operations, and business goals. We’re here to help you select the best option for your business and can recommend a cost-effective course of action that is optimal for your business now and in the future.

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