Risk Management

2020 February Bulletin: The end of Windows 7

If your practice was using Windows 7 and migrated to Windows 10 in advance of January 14, 2020, congratulations!

January 14th was the date that Microsoft ceased its free support of Windows 7. The continued use of unsupported operating systems is a violation of HIPAA. If a vulnerability in Windows 7 leads to a breach of protected health information after the January 14 deadline, you could face a regulatory fine.

Microsoft will continue to offer extended security updates to enterprise Windows 7 users for a fee. Extended security updates for fee-paying enterprises will come to an end in January 2023.

Consult with your IT department or consultant, or contact Microsoft for assistance.


Windows 7 Support ended Jan 14, 2020


Extended security for Windows 7 enterprise users


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