Windows 7 End of Life . . . Time is Running Out!
Windows 7 & Server 2008 End of Life is January 2020 – Are you ready?
2020 is only 2 months away, you need to be preparing for the Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008) end of life. Windows 7 has been a great solution for over 9 years but it has been retired for a number of reasons. What does this mean to you as the business owner or office manager? What does this mean to you as the business owner or office manager? You will soon see several things happen that can affect you such as:
- There will be no more security updates or service packs. That means any security issues or vulnerabilities discovered after January 2020 will not be patched. Any machines running Windows 7 could potentially become threats just as XP & Vista machines already are. If you are in a compliance or healthcare field, then this is especially important because your HIPAA compliance could be questioned.
- Expect supported devices to be difficult to find. A good example is printer manufacturers will stop writing drivers for new printers so the one you just bought may not work on Windows 7. This also applies to scanners, cameras and any other hardware accessory that you may be looking to buy.
- In that same manner, software will also only work on newer operating systems. For example: The 2020 version of QuickBooks is no longer supported on Windows 7 once January 2020 arrives.
There are generally three options if you have Windows 7 machines still on the network:
- Ignore the warnings and take your chances leaving an unsupported, vulnerable, 10 year old operating system on your network. Obviously this is not your ideal choice.
- Upgrade to Windows 10. This has some labor and licensing cost associated with it so think carefully about this choice. If the machines in question are already 5+ years old then investing money into upgrades may not be a wise choice. It would be a shame for a machine you just sunk a few hundred dollars into upgraded to fail a few months later due to a bad hard drive, power supply, etc. Older machines are also noticeably slower than modern machines and affect the ability for your staff to get their work done.
- Replace the computer. Although this would appear to be the most expensive way to proceed, it really isn’t when you look at the bigger picture. When you consider the increased productivity, warranty support and less overall headaches a new machine really does make good sense. After 29 years in business, I can honestly say the companies that refresh their machines every 3 or 4 years have substantially less problems and more productivity than others. If a cash outlay for replacement is a problem, then please ask about leasing or other options that may be a good fit for your business.
Give this some thought and please feel free to contact us for advice and planning. We have tools that can identify the older machines on the network and help you with a plan to deal with them. Starting now is important so you are not up against the January 2020 deadline. Several phases of upgrades & replacements can also be easier to budget than doing it all at once. ComTech is here to help make this transition as painless as possible. Also keep in mind that the latest 8th/9th generation chip sets are rolling out. That means new machines will be about 40% faster than what was available just last year. As end of year gets closer and you are doing tax planning, this may be a great opportunity for you to maximize your investment.
Today’s blog author is Mike Farlow, CEO at ComTech