Windows 7/ Server 2008R2 (End of life) Cycle and What It Means for You!

Many practices swear by Windows 7, quoting its efficiency and capabilities. Many of these same professionals also use Server 2008R2 in tandem with Windows 7. The combination of these two together was top of the line when it came out in July of 2009. When Microsoft created these two they also created a date for the “End of Life” cycle, that date being January 14, 2020. The question many practices ask is “What exactly does this end of life mean?”.

Let’s start with what “End of Life” does NOT mean. It doesn’t mean that all your computers will crash on January 14, 2020. It also doesn’t mean that your servers and computers running these programs are obsolete. What this “End of Life” cycle DOES mean is that after January of 2020 Microsoft won’t fix issues that may arise with these systems. This also means that you WON’T get any security updates from Microsoft.

Why do you care? This means that your practice WON’T be HIPAA compliant anymore.
So, “What are my options?” you may ask yourself. Well, there are a few.

  1. You can upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 on your old hardware, but this may cause issues as Windows 10 is much more demanding than Windows 7 is. This also does NOT address the issue with your Server 2008R2. These systems require a potential hardware upgrade and migration of your old data to the new server.
  2. You can buy new hardware that would come preloaded with Windows 10 and also purchase licensing for Server 2016. The problem here is then you would have to migrate the information from the old hardware to the new and this can be a very time-consuming process. This takes time away from what you do best: taking care of your patients.
  3. The best option is to have Medicus IT take care of your upgrade and migration for you. We specialize in helping Healthcare IT Practices with all their IT solutions, from cybersecurity, infrastructure, cloud services, to HIPAA compliance. With our help, you can maintain your security, upgrade your systems, and take care of your patients all at the same time.

“End of Life” cycle sounds scary, and it exposes your patients’ data to a possible breach if you don’t plan ahead and take care of this process. Here at Medicus IT, we have your back and we are here to take care of all the intricate details. The upgrade process can be pricy and time-consuming so beginning the process today will drastically reduce the impact on your practice. “We do IT Right” so that you can do what you do best: take care of your patients.

To start your Windows 7 & Server 2008R2 “End of Life” cycle upgrade and migration Contact Us Today!

We can’t wait to help you through this process.

 

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