Windows 7 PBS 4100Learn about this important security advisory and its impact on MTI-PBS-4100+ users.

What is the Microsoft Windows 7 Security Advisory?

Microsoft will no longer provide maintenance on Windows Version 7 in January of this year after 10-years of supporting the product.  Microsoft does this across their product lines (not just Windows) in order to continue to evolve their products and invest their resources on the more recent versions.  This means that Microsoft will no longer release any updates for that version of Windows, including bug fixes or security updates.  For details on this activity by Microsoft, please visit their site here:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-ended-on-january-14-2020

How does this impact systems that run on Windows 7?

After January 14, 2020, PCs running Windows 7 no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it’s important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service is no longer available to provide Windows 7 technical support. Related services for Windows 7 are also being discontinued over time.  This can make existing installations of Windows 7 extremely vulnerable to viruses and other malware and leave owners of these installations without a path to clean their systems.

How does PBS-4100+ use Microsoft Windows 7?

The computer system included with all PBS-4100+ family installations runs Microsoft Windows which is required to run the software with the PBS-4100+ family.  Because Microsoft will no longer provide maintenance for Windows 7, MTI highly recommends upgrading PBS systems currently running Windows 7 or Windows XP.

Which PBS-4100+ models are secure?

The latest versions of PBS (portable models after Oct 1, 2018 and rack mounted models after Sep 1, 2018) also have updated best practices for enhanced cyber security.  These include changes to the software (WinPBS), DAU firmware, and Windows 10 settings.  More detailed information can be found on the PBS-4100+ support page here: https://www.mtiinstruments.com/sales-support/downloads/download-tag/pbs-4100-plus/

If you have questions or wish to get a quote for an upgrade to a more recent platform, please contact us at sales@mtiinstruments.com or call 800-342-2203.