Microsoft ends updates for Windows 7

Buffalo-based cybersecurity expert suggests you get new operating system

Mike Baggerman
January 16, 2020 - 12:05 pm
Message sent by Microsoft to computers about end of Windows 7 updates

Message sent by Microsoft to computers about end of Windows 7 updates

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Were you one of the millions of people who received a message on your computer that said "Your Windows 7 PC is out of support"?

It's no scam. As of Tuesday, Microsoft said your computers are more vulnerable to viruses because it will no longer receive security and software updates. Microsoft recommends using Windows 10 on a new PC for the latest security features and protection from malicious software.

Microsoft does offer a Windows 10 patch for computers that ran on the old operating system, though prices for it start at $139.

"At this point, you should upgrade," Michael McCartney, the President of Buffalo-based Avalon Cybersecurity, said. "The challenge with upgrading to Windows 10 can be the particular hardware that Windows 7 was installed with may not be compatable to handle the Windows 10 operating system. You may not only have to buy a license for Windows 10, you may have to buy new equipment."

McCartney suggests that everyone should get the latest operating system.

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