On January 14, 2020, Microsoft declared end of life on this most popular of operating systems.
After a decade of faithful service, the time has come for them to stop maintaining the product with security updates to protect users from malware.
Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7 and they are advising all users to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible to keep users productive and secure.
That being the case, MSAB now also has to call time on support for Windows 7 across our range of digital forensic products. We can’t offer a quality trusted forensically secure tool if it is based on an unprotected operating system.
We have been advising customers of this impending change for well over a year now, via our release notes and the MSAB Customer Forum. However, we know that you often get overwhelmed with information, so we are also posting it here publicly on the website to be sure it was available for all to see.
We don’t want to leave users high and dry and we know that getting government IT Departments to change OS versions can be a lengthy process. Therefore, support for Windows 7 won’t cease immediately overnight, rather it will gradually fade away.
The next release of XRY will be tested on the last available update of Windows 7 as a precaution one final time, in order to give you extra time to convince your IT Department that the time for change has come.
Thus, in a sense MSAB will continue to unofficially support running on this platform for a little while longer to support you. That said, it is always recommended to run on an officially supported platform for forensic integrity. So please make the change as soon as you can to Windows 10 to ensure you can make full use of all the powerful features and functions available.
Mike Dickinson has spent half his working career in military/law enforcement and the other half in the private sector supporting these services. His specialism is providing tools and technologies designed to help in the fight against crime. Using his previous experience as a Senior Investigating Officer in the UK Police, Mike is dedicated to helping agencies make best use of their existing assets to improve the prevention and detection of crime; through the use of digital forensic technology.