Tech Support for Windows 7 Ends Soon—Is Your Church Ready?

Church Law & Tax | 12/9/2019 | Staff
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The end is near. You can feel it. And the date is well-known.

The end of support for Windows 7, that is. Come January 14.

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If you no longer run Windows 7 on any of your church’s computers or hardware, and if you don’t know anyone who is, then you can stop reading now. But research shows very few fit into that criteria. Millions still run Windows 7 and many of us know them. I was at a major Hollywood studio recently and noticed several offices with computers still running Windows 7. If a Hollywood film studio hasn’t upgraded, it’s safe to assume many ministries haven’t, either.

So, what’s a church to do?

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To answer that question, let’s first clear up a misunderstanding.

Windows 7 still will run on machines after January 14. There is no “kill switch,” in which your computer will explode or just stop working. Microsoft’s decision means there no longer will be any support for the operating system. No security patches. No updates with fixes. Should a new flaw emerge in Windows 7, Microsoft says it will not patch it—and anyone running Windows 7 will be vulnerable to the latest malware, ransomware, and other security risks.

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For more help staying current with technology needs, check out Nick Nicholaou’s book, Church IT: Using Information Technology for the Mission of the Church.

Now, in light of this news, it’s also important to keep this in mind: When Microsoft phased out previous operating systems, dating all the way back to Windows XP, it still provided periodic patches for major vulnerabilities long after support for those operating systems technically expired.

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Microsoft has to carefully encourage users and organizations to upgrade to the latest, supported versions without recklessly exposing the millions who have yet to upgrade to any new vulnerabilities. But also bear in mind that the few times...
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