Windows 7 end of support

Windows 7 End of Life 14 January 2020

Microsoft ended Windows 7 support on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Microsoft no longer offers patches, security updates, or customer support for Windows 7.

What does that mean to you?

If your company has windows 7 computers running, your network is at risk. Hackers are continuously working to find new bugs or problems to compromise computers. As there are no new updates, new bugs will not be fixed and will leave Windows 7 computers open for potential security breaches. It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. Eventually, a hacker will develop a virus or spyware that will be able to compromise Windows 7 computers on a large scale.

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”

What to do to minimize risk?

1 – Purchase of new computers. New computers that are optimized for windows 10 will provide the best performance and security updates.

2 – Upgrade computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Depending on the age of your computer, it may have been purchased with a Windows 10 license. If the computer is older, it will need a Windows 10 license. Performance after the upgrade may decrease based on the age and compatibility of the older computer.

3 – Computer Isolation. In some cases, a company needs to keep legacy windows 7 computers due to proprietary software or specific compatibility with legacy hardware. These situations should be evaluated on a case by case basis. ECS recommends isolating the legacy computers or remove/restrict the active internet connection.

To receive a report of the Windows 7 computers currently on your account and to obtain a quote on upgrade/replacement please contact sales.