The Sun is Setting on Windows 7

Oct 18, 2019

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As Microsoft ramps up its efforts around Windows 10, it is starting to wind down its support for its older operating system (OS). Beginning January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and support for Windows 7, which will leave computers still running it vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

As a result of Microsoft’s decision, Northeastern Information Technology Services (ITS) will also discontinue its support of any machines running Windows 7. Any computer still running Windows 7 come January will be unable to connect to the university’s networks. ITS cannot guarantee that users of this older OS will continue to have unaffected access to other university systems and services.

Upgrade to Windows 10 to Prepare

To prepare for the Windows 7 sunset, ITS highly encourages individuals and departments to upgrade to Windows 10. All new PCs now come standard with Windows 10. Purchasing a new machine is the recommended option for upgrading, If necessary, discuss your upgrade options with your department budget administrator or IT administrator. Installing Windows 10 on existing computers may be possible, but may still require the purchase of additional hardware to perform as needed. Remember to back up your computer before replacing it or upgrading the OS.

Windows 10, which is already the standard OS at Northeastern, is the most secure and feature-rich option for PCs. Windows 10 also marks a major milestone in the way Microsoft supports operating systems. Instead of big releases in the future, Microsoft is continually rolling out smaller updates and features to improve performance. An upgrade to Windows 10 may, in fact, be the last major OS upgrade you need.

The IT Service Desk is available to answer your technical questions, and provide hands-on support. Contact the Service Desk at 617.373.4357[HELP] to schedule a visit, or stop by the Service Desk on the second floor of Snell Library.

If you are currently a Windows 7 user, acting early will reduce the headaches come January.

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