Microsoft is warning customers that the end is soon coming for Windows 7 in much the same way it came for Windows XP April last year. Microsoft will end free mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015. Not Windows 7 SP1. Know the difference. Many of my clients who live in the country, or have dial up internet do not have the “air time” required receiving this update, and I have encountered this many times. The only resolve is to do a SP1 install off line.
Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.
|Client operating systems||Latest update or service pack||End of mainstream support||End of extended support|
|Windows XP||Service Pack 3||April 14, 2009||April 8, 2014|
|Windows Vista||Service Pack 2||April 10, 2012||April 11, 2017|
|Windows 7 *||Service Pack 1**||January 13, 2015*||January 14, 2020**|
|Windows 8*||Windows 8.1**||January 9, 2018*||January 10, 2023**|
What does this mean? Windows 7 SP1** support will end Jan 14th, 2020. Without the Service Pack 1 installed, your support will end Jan 13th 2015. End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.
Do you have the Service Pack 1 installed on your machine? How to find out if you do;
Move your cursor to the start icon, left click it, move to “computer” and right click it, move to “properties” and left click. Example of what it should say:
If it does not say Service Pack 1, I suggest you get your PC into Hunt Technology for an immediate update to service pack 1 now. Don’t delay. Keep your PC secure and your family safe. Remember at “Hunt Technology”, you always get “Quality Service & Individual Attention” you deserve.