• Ryan Chalupovitsch

Windows 7: We love you, but it's time to say goodbye.

We know... Sometimes it's hard to let go of things that have been with you through thick and thin. The briefcase your parents bought you after graduation for your first job. Your lucky tie. Your ex-wife/husband. Ok, maybe some thing aren't so hard to say goodbye to.

Kidding aside, many of our clients are still running Windows 7 on their workstations. Released to the public in October 2009, there is no doubt about it, it is an absolutely work-horse. It took everything that was great about Windows XP and made it better. Yes, we know Windows Vista appeared in between but just as Microsoft did, let's forget about that little hiccup.

Windows 7 brought us refined User Access Control, ability to view and edit RAW picture format and better support for 64-bit systems. Most importantly, it virtually eliminated the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD).

The ease of use, backwards compatibility and general stability made it the perfect operating system for workstations and home computing alike. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. General support for Windows 7 with be discontinued by Microsoft as of January 2020.

You may wonder why this is a problem and what this means. I mean, you still know some people who continue to use Windows XP.

That may be true. Windows XP does continue to function, but that is most certainly NOT a recommended practice. Here is a quick rundown of what End Of Life (EOL) means for Windows:

  1. The product life of Windows 7 is coming to an end.

  2. No new apps, features or products will be developed by Microsoft or other vendors.

  3. There will be NO MORE SECURITY UPDATES.

  4. Security updates will not be released as of January 2020.

  5. Did I mention there will be NO MORE SECURITY UPDATES?!

  6. The vast majority of new computers already don't support running Windows 7 and basically none will support it after the EOL date.

Remember, just because Microsoft isn't developing software for Windows 7, doesn't mean that hackers and other shady characters will cease their activities as well. With no more security updates, the millions of computers that will inevitably think they have no need to upgrade to Windows 10 will be prime targets, right in the cross-hairs of hackers around the world.

The good news is, this problem is easily solved! Skip that lousy Window 8.1 (some of you may be wondering, what's Windows 8.1? Don't worry about it!) and get up and running with Windows 10. You'll have security updates, feature updates and other goodies provided for you into the foreseeable future. The most important thing is to plan ahead and don't wait to the last minute.

Windows 10 is a fantastic operating system that can be run on most existing computers that supported Windows 7.

With excellent support, quick boot times, bitlocker security encryption and fantastic new devices, you'll forget about your old tie, former spouse and Windows 7 and be moving forward in no time!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below, share this article, and contact

Ontrax Services at 514-345-2050 or www.ontraxservices.com.

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