Windows 7 Is Reaching End of Life
What is happening
Microsoft has announced that it will end service for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. Windows 7 has lived a long life (since 2009), and like Windows XP before it, it’s been a solid, stable, and popular operating system. However, all good programs must end, and the “end of life” for Windows 7 is approaching quickly.
What does “end of life” mean?
It means Microsoft will no longer release any security updates or patches, and any security flaws that are discovered will not be fixed. Even with separate security software installed, your computers will be left vulnerable.
How will this affect my business?
If you still have Windows 7 computers at your office, you need to start making plans to either upgrade to Windows 10 or upgrade to new computers. Even though Windows 7 computers will continue to work after the end of life date is reached, you’ll be putting your business data and client information at risk if you continue to use the Windows 7 computers. It’s important to note that if your company is subject to compliance such as HIPAA, PCI, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc., you will not be compliant if you remain on Windows 7, as up-to-date patching is a requirement of compliance and Windows 7 will no longer be receiving security patches.
What is my next step?
Since upgrading your computer’s operating system can affect various components of your IT infrastructure, we recommend beginning the process as soon as possible to minimize the impact on your business. We are happy to perform a free, no obligation review of your business to evaluate how this change will affect your company and what steps you can take to address this Windows 7 end of life before it negatively affects your business. We have many options available to our clients to help make this transition as painless as possible not only from an IT perspective, but a financial one as well. Call us at 630-940-1718 to set up a time for us to review your situation.