Windows 7 & Server 2008 End of life
9 years ago, Microsoft released one of the most successful and widely used operating systems to date. Windows 7 & Windows server 2008 still share about 40% of the computer systems in the world. On January 14, 2020, Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 will be reaching their end of life (EoL) and will no longer be supported by Microsoft. IT4 wants to be sure your business is always running optimally and within compliancy utilizing today’s latest security standards.
What does end of life mean for my computer network?
After January 14, 2020, all Windows 7 PC’s will no longer receive security updates. Your network will become vulnerable to future security exploits and will no longer be compliant under MA 201 C.M.R. 17.00, HIPAA, FINRA, and other compliancy standards. It is important that you upgrade your network to a current supported operating system such as Windows 10 and Server 2012 which will provide the latest security updates to keep your business and data safer.
Windows 7 still outnumbers 10 by 2-to-1, but over 9% of the monitored population still runs XP.
What should I do?
IT4 will transition your network to the latest supported software to ensure you remain secure & compliant. Some of your existing hardware can easily be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise however, we recommend replacing any workstations that are more than 5 years old or do not meet system requirements for Windows 10. Today’s PCs are faster, lightweight, yet more powerful and more secure, with an average price that's considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago.
Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?
To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10 Pro. As an alternative, compatible Windows 7 PCs can be upgraded by purchasing and installing a full version of the software.
What about outdated and non-supported Servers?
As with Windows 7, servers running Windows Server 2008 will pose a security risk to your entire network. Your servers are the core of your network infrastructure and must be upgraded to a modern supported OS (Server 2012+). It is highly recommended that all your server software is up to date with support maintenance agreements. Upgrading to a newer OS on your server may cause compatibility issues with older or out of date software. It is best to ensure you always running the latest version of software to prevent any issues with your hardware upgrade. IT4 always works with your business software vendor to make the transition as seamless as possible.
Microsoft End-of-Life Cycle