15 Feb End of Life Countdown for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
End of Life Countdown for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
If you haven’t marked your calendar for January 14, 2020,
It might be a great idea to make sure you are ready for the end of Windows 7 & Server 2008 extended support. Knowing this key date will assist you in making informed decisions on whether to update or upgrade your computers and servers.
With less than a year remaining, Microsoft will no longer provide patching and updating for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as of the 14th of January 2020. Migrating to a new operating system can instantly induce crippling anxiety, but having a plan that addresses your needs and requirements will guide you through the decision-making process. When determining the best course of action, your focus should consider three key aspects:
Current Hardware Age
If your hardware was purchased recently and is still serviceable, there is the possibility of upgrading the Operating System. Older hardware may not be financially worth upgrading, and an inventory to determine the viability based on age and purpose will focus your decision if a server or computer should be replaced or upgraded.
It is very likely that a large majority of your legacy applications and software will operate in the new Operating System since there were no major changes to how software and applications operate in the Windows environment. Simply put, if it ran on Windows 7 or 8, then there is a strong likelihood that it will work on Windows 10.
Printer, Scanner and Camera Compatibility
Since its release in 2015, Microsoft continues to work with major manufacturers to ensure devices such as printers, scanners and cameras seamlessly function with the desktop and server versions of Windows. If in doubt, the website of the manufacturer will be able to provide insight as to if the peripheral device is compatible or not.
It is no secret that maintaining your IT can be challenging at best, but a realistic IT budget and plan that considers the objectives and priorities of your business paired with unbiased expert IT advice will set you apart from your competition.
What Does This Mean for Your Computer and Your Business?
Windows 7 reaches end of life on January 14, 2020. After this date, Microsoft will no longer develop countermeasures or fixes to address new breaches, exploits, viruses, and attacks, leaving Windows 7 computers vulnerable. Some businesses may require a machine to stay on Windows 7 to run legacy software, but these machines should not be connected to the network as they will be a high-value target, giving hackers easy access to an otherwise secure network.
This deadline is an opportunity. Consider it a countdown to more efficient work spaces, more secure transactions, and features that integrate seamlessly with the Cloud and mobile devices. Speed, usability, and security all see major upgrades in Windows 10—upgrades that can make a huge difference for your business.
With the help of a IT Support Provider like PCFIXIT, “end of life” doesn’t have to derail you. Is your business still relying on Windows 7?
If you need help with your plan or allocating your Windows 10 migration we can help. PCFIXIT technicians can identify what needs to be upgraded and what can be updated. Call us today on 07 5522 1120 or click the banner below, and let us protect your business from the retirement of Windows 7 and Window Server 2008.