Despite dire warnings and headlines like these:
Wired: Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7 - "After Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for the operating system, leaving users who don't upgrade vulnerable to malware."
Gizmodo: Windows 7 Is Officially Dead, So You Really Need to Upgrade - "As of today, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. That means no more software updates, security fixes or patches, or technical support. It is dead, an ex-operating system if you will."
PCMag: Windows 7 Is Dead: Upgrade Now - "As of today, if a major bug hits Windows, those on Windows 7 won't get the patch when Microsoft rolls it out. Upgrade now or pay the price."
Computerworld: Saying goodbye to Windows 7 isn’t easy, but you must - "One in five Windows users is still using Windows 7. That’s one too many. It’s time to move on."
How-To Geek: Windows 7 Dies Today: Here’s What You Need to Know - "Windows 7 support hasn’t ended completely. Microsoft will still offer 'extended security updates' for it, but only to organizations like businesses and governments—and only if those organizations pay an ever-increasing fee. That fee is designed to encourage organizations to upgrade."
it is trivial (on the order of a few minutes) and inexpensive ($63.75 per computer for the first year with no minimum order) for small business running Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate to enroll in Microsoft's Extended Security Updates program thanks to Ted and Amy at Harbor Computer Services.
Simply fill out the order form (as mentioned in Ed Bott's updated You want to keep running Windows 7? Good luck with that, small businesses) and run the 3 simple slmgr commands provided by Ted in your order confirmation email.
Deepest thanks to Ted and Amy for helping truly small businesses access critical security updates for legacy systems.
/windows | Jan 22, 2020
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