Windows 7 End of Life

Goodbye Old Friend

Microsoft Windows 7 was made available to most customers in October 2009, and it replaced Microsoft Windows Vista. Compared with previous versions of Windows, it offered improved performance, a better user interface, and several additional features such as libraries. Nine years later, Windows 7 is approaching obsolescence: Microsoft announced that free extended software support ends in January 2020, although paid-for software support will continue until 2023.

Software Support

Microsoft, like many software companies, regularly updates their products. We know this as “patching,” and as it implies, it means covering up an area of weakness. These weaknesses are known as “critical software vulnerabilities,” by which a malicious application could hack your computer and access sensitive areas. For those customers benefiting from BIS’s IT Maintenance service, your computers are patched on Tuesday evenings. Microsoft patches critical software vulnerabilities to make it much harder for hackers to gain access to your computer, but this only happens during the support period.

What does this mean?

2020 is months away, right? It is, but for those customers with computers still running Windows 7, in order to keep your computer as protected as possible, you should plan to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in 2019.

If you have a particularly old computer, perhaps one that was originally running an older version of Microsoft Windows, you might want to consider upgrading and replacing the whole box. Older computers can still run Windows 10, but computers are like any other machine and they eventually wear out and break down. If it’s time to upgrade your aging computers, or if you just want to upgrade your version of Windows, give David Steele a call at (800) 247-9045 or email at dsteele@bisconsultants.com, and he’ll be happy to help.