If you have a computer still running Windows 7, you’ll want to make sure to look for and install next months update from Microsoft.

 

As we discussed in a previous blog post, Microsoft has already announced the end-of-life for Windows 7. As of January 14th, 2020 Microsoft will stop providing any kind of security updates and patches for the Windows 7 operating system, at least for most users.

However, there’s been another development as reported by MSPoweruser for Windows 7 users. Microsoft is enhancing the security and encryption of Windows updates, and with that a new update is required to make older editions of the operating system compatible with the newer encryption. Windows 7 users will need to install the March update in order to be able to receive future Windows updates that use the newer encryption and security.

If Windows 7 users don’t install the March update, they won’t be able to receive future Windows updates for their computers.

 

With security updates ending next year for Windows 7 it’s best to start getting a plan together now for upgrading or replacing your Windows 7 PC. In the meantime though, make sure to install all updates to give yourself some more time (and be more secure) until you have your upgrade plan in place.

If you currently have a Windows 7 PC that you’re not sure what to do with when Windows updates stop next year, contact us and we’ll work together to find the best option for you.