Windows 7 Security Risks for Your Small Business

If you are still using Windows 7, your PC may become more vulnerable to security risks.


Microsoft has been warning Windows 7 PC users for more than a year about the changes that went into effect on January 15, 2020. Microsoft no longer provides Windows 7 users with free security updates to the operating system. Windows 7 is and will continue to be accessible, but the system will be more vulnerable to possible security problems.


The Full-Screen Warning

Windows 7 Home and Pro users have been receiving periodic nag screens all leading up to the last day of support on January 14th. The new nag screen notification was embedded in a monthly rollup made available in December with the updates on Patch Tuesday sent to 7 SP1 users. The purpose of that patch was to set up Windows 7 PCs to display the notification that began on January 15.

Users were advised that their Windows 7 PCs are now more susceptible to malware and viruses because there will no longer be security updates, software updates, or tech support. The full-screen warning that displayed on January 15 also strongly recommended switching to a new PC with Windows 10 for the benefits of the most up-to-date protection against cyber-attacks.


Is it Really Over?

Users of Windows 7 who bought Extended Security Updates for all of their PCs running the OS will continue to receive security updates from Microsoft with no new fees for up to three years. The same is true for users who bought Windows Virtual Desktop. Office 365 ProPlus will continue to work on devices with Windows 7 Extended Security Updates through January 2023, according to Microsoft officials.


Chrome Browser on Windows 7

Users of the Chrome browser on Windows 7 will still have support and updates until July 2021 at least. There has been no announcement from officials with Microsoft about support for the new Chromium-based Edge browser.


Windows 10 Deployment

Choosing to use an unsupported version of Windows 7 leaves your business vulnerable to hackers looking to target the decade-old operating system. From backing up your files to finding a computer that fits your needs, NuMSP has the tools to help you transition with ease.


Click here to schedule time with an Expert who can help plan and execute your team’s move to Windows 10.


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