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Windows 7 End of Life

by Lou Horton on May 7, 2019

We have many home customers and even more business customers that are still running Windows 7 on at least some of their systems.  Even though Windows 7 is over 10 years old, it is solid operating system that gets the job done.  For many there has just not been a compelling reason to switch, however, that will change early next year.

Why should you care if Microsoft ends support even if you never call them for support?  In a nutshell, security updates…  After January 14, 2020 Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or other bug fixes for Windows 7.  Regardless of how good your internet security software is, without updates that fix operating system level vulnerabilities, your system and personal data will not be secure for very long.  Because Microsoft is discontinuing support, software companies will be following suit. Software such as antivirus, accounting systems, and other important business software will no longer be released to work and operate on retired operating systems. Because of this, businesses may get “stuck” on an older version of software they are running and will be unable to update their software. Software companies will soon also discontinue their support on the old versions of their software.

We recommend that our customers move off of Windows 7 prior to January, 2020 to avoid any issues.  If you did not opt in for the free upgrade to Windows 10 when it was offered, you will need to purchase an upgrade license to Windows 10 or purchase a new PC.  If your PC is several years old, purchasing a new computer is the best option.  Keep an eye out for good sales (especially around Black Friday) and pick up a new system prior to next year.  We are always available to help you move your documents and files over to your new computer.  Please feel free to contact us at 630-444-7220 or at https://computer-repair-now.com

 

Windows 7 End of Support

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