Everyone is busy and sometimes you do need to push off a meeting or an email; totally acceptable. However, Windows 7 users are running out of time. Windows 7 will officially begin the ‘End of Life’ phase on January 14, 2020. Microsoft has roadmaps for all of its products and for Windows 7 it is coming to an end.

What does this mean for the Windows 7 user?

No More Security Updates!

When Microsoft stops “supporting” an Operating System it means that they will stop issuing any new security updates for the operating system. Since there will be no more security updates issued after January 14, 2020, the Windows 7 machines on your network will become security risks to your entire network. You are probably running anti-virus software, but anti-virus tools are never perfect and hackers will do everything to exploit vulnerabilities on networks with security holes.

What are My Options?

Unless you have a new computer loaded with Windows 7, you are probably running an older machine. With all of the new smaller faster computers available today it is recommended that older computers be replaced and upgraded to Windows 10. Since it typically takes longer to upgrade older equipment, if you can replace older computers you’ll not only save time, you’ll also benefit from working on a new PC that can last you years.

We understand that there is a cost to upgrading and replacing computers and want to make sure companies are planning for this so budgets can be assigned. Don’t wait until New Year’s Day to begin the process of upgrading your network. If you have questions or would like ACS to assist with an upgrade plan please contact Chris Mackin cmackin@acs.com or any team member at 508-238-6334. We would be happy to assist.