Windows 7 is an operating system produced by Microsoft that has been in use since 2009. Since then, Microsoft has produced Windows 8 in 2012 and Windows 10 in 2015. Although it is not necessary to upgrade your operating system every time Microsoft comes out with a new one, you really should upgrade when they announce that they will no longer support the version that you are running.
There are a couple of special versions of Windows 7 that Microsoft is still providing support:
End of Life for Windows Embedded POSReady 7
Both versions are currently in the Extended Support phase. Companies that use POSReady 2009 will be losing their Extended Support on April 9th, 2019. They can upgrade to POSReady 7, but the Extended Support for POSReady 7 will end on October 12th, 2021.
Why is important to upgrade from Windows 7? Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for the program. As new vulnerabilities are known to hackers these Windows 7 computers will become compromised. Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020. If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.
The English Health Care System found out the hard way when their XP computers were compromised by the WannaCry Malware causing large problems across the UK.
If you are running a retail business using Windows 7, you are NOT PCI compliant! You will not be able to safeguard your customer’s information and could end up with a data breach. What are my options to fix this?
- Buy a new computer with Windows 10 on it.
- Buy a Windows 10 license for an existing computer.
- There is still a link where you can download a free upgrade to Windows 10 that was supposed to be good through July of 2016 but is still working for now.
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