Windows 7 end of life

anth

Winger
Me anarl, and I work for a software firm so the company should be well aware of the risks. We get constant emails from the security team about updating browsers, phishing etc, but it's OK, you can use an end of life operating system. Useless fuckers.

Not heard of any plans to upgrade either.
The latest figures were around 33% of computers are still running it, so you won't be alone.
 
Me anarl, and I work for a software firm so the company should be well aware of the risks. We get constant emails from the security team about updating browsers, phishing etc, but it's OK, you can use an end of life operating system. Useless fuckers.

Not heard of any plans to upgrade either.
We paid MS to extend support afaik. They are rolling out new devices at the moment.
 

woollyback

Winger
Out of interest what are you lot using for managing the desktop fleet these days? With modern management there's more scope to move away from SDDC to other providers who can incorporate your entire digital workspace fleet including phones, tablets, IoT devices etc. across a range of platforms such as Android, ChromeOS, iOS ...
Flicky man ya talking a foreign language man! I've got windows 7 does that mean it isnt safe or wont work like?
 
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Flicky man ya talking a foreign language man! I've got windows 7 does that mean it isnt safe or wont work like?
It'll carry on doing what you are using it for at the moment. Moving forwards you won't get any new security patches so there's a greater chance of getting compromised but a good firewall and AV setup should save you from most of the worst out there. Consider upgrading to Win10 or replacing if your kit is old. Or even look at things like Chrome books.
 
It'll carry on doing what you are using it for at the moment. Moving forwards you won't get any new security patches so there's a greater chance of getting compromised but a good firewall and AV setup should save you from most of the worst out there. Consider upgrading to Win10 or replacing if your kit is old. Or even look at things like Chrome books.
Have a Chromebook and it is canny for general duty stuff.

What I didn't know when I bought it was that each Chromebook has an in-built obsolescence date, which is 6.5 years after the date that that particular Chromebook model was launched. Beyond that date, Google won't send patches to you. That 6 and a half years starts from the date that the first model of that laptop is launched. If yours was from a production run six months after launch, and it has been sat in a warehouse a year before you got it, you have five years before Google stop sending you updates.
 
Some companies rely heavily on applications that only work with Windows 7.

Businesses can pay Microsoft if they want to continue getting updates for Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise.

The Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will be available until 2023 for businesses of all sizes.

Charges range from $25 (£19) per device to $200 per device and increase each year. The costs will mount quickly for organisations with lots of computers.

That said, Windows 7 users do not need to upgrade if they use their PC offline.

i got vhs app only works on win 7 , so stay offline, win 10 keys £5 on amazon
 
For anyone wanting Windows 10 for free and have a genuine previous version and want to upgrade, just download the 'Windows 10 Media Creation Tool' first on the Microsoft web site and follow the simple instructions. (Microsoft keep quiet about this way to still get Windows 10 free the sneaky little tinkers)
 
Today is the day a lot of us who work in IT have been working hard to be ready for. Windows 7 goes end of life today. If you haven’t updated to windows 10 (or 8 🤦‍♂️) you will stop receiving security updates from today.

What this means is that it will continue to work, but will quickly become insecure. Due to similarities between versions of Windows a security update released for win8/10 could hand a vulnerability for windows 7 on a plate for hackers.

If you insist on continuing to use it due to old hardware or applications then don’t do anything that could be exploited like important data or online banking.

information from Microsoft can be found at
What do you mean, 'quickly'?

Imagine using an OS where anti virus is mandatory :lol:

Windows is insecure in its very nature, it'll never be secure unless they re-write the whole thing from top to bottom.
There are alternatives:

This.

If you really have to (and can't find an alternative) run Windows based programs then run them inside a VM with no outside network access.
 
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anth

Winger
What do you mean, 'quickly'?

Imagine using an OS where anti virus is mandatory :lol:

Windows is insecure in its very nature, it'll never be secure unless they re-write the whole thing from top to bottom.
All software is insecure, a lot of hardware too, but because windows is so widespread the return on investment for people finding exploits is a lot higher than say on linux where there are fewer devices that you could infect.
 

anth

Winger
We paid MS to extend support afaik. They are rolling out new devices at the moment.
we have some doing that, but management, quite rightly, have said we need to give a reason why they need to pay for extended support. The reason we didn't get round to updating them wasn't good enough. The ones we do have have specific reasons and they are getting 1 year at most.
 

PTR

Striker
i got vhs app only works on win 7 , so stay offline, win 10 keys £5 on amazon
I read last night that if you use the media creation tool from a Win 7 or 8 PC, you can still create the Win10 image and use your existing Win7/8 product code to activate it. ONLY if you use the upgrade option.

Microsoft aren't telling people about this, but the reality is that they want people on the Win10 ecosystem more than they want the £10 for a licence key.

Also, you could use a virtual Win7 install to run your VHS app, on a fully-updated Win10 PC.
 

anth

Winger
was?
I can see 50+ Win XP machines from my desk
And 3 times as many Win 7 ones, with no immediate plans to migrate to Win10
how old are your machines?! I couldn't get a new dell to install on LTSC 1607 nevermind get it on win7. Intel dropped win7 support on any processor released in the last 3 years.
 

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