RIP Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

It’ll be here before you know it – January 14, 2020, Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 both reach end of life. In IT, end of life (EOL) is a term describing the end of support for hardware and software. This means the manufacturer will no longer fix flaws, bugs, or vulnerabilities. Therefore, Microsoft will no longer issue any software updates of any kind, and most importantly with cyber threats being so prolific and harmful, they will no longer issue ANY security updates after 1/14/20. You can still use EOL products, but at your own risk. As a matter of fact, cyber thieves are likely creating malware for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 NOW in anticipation of this important date. You may recall that immediately after Windows XP reached EOL, a number of viruses were released, including the infamous WannaCry ransomware attack. A few things to keep in mind for 2019.

  • If you have any of these systems on your network (most businesses do), your current IT provider should have been talking with you about them since the middle of 2017, if not sooner.
  • With 175 million Windows 7 machines worldwide, and Intel experiencing a shortage of processors, waiting until we get close to 1/14/20 is not wise!
  • In addition to possible new computer shortages in 2019, IT people will be extremely busy replacing and upgrading these computers and servers. If you wait until the last minute, your IT person will have a lot less flexibility in their schedule than earlier in the year. You may have to allow the replacements and/or upgrades at a time that’s inconvenient to our business. IT providers may charge a premium for those businesses who wait until the last minute.
  • Many Windows 7 computers that are relatively new (3 years old or newer) can be upgraded to Windows 10 relatively easily.

Contact us today for a comprehensive evaluation to see which of your systems can be upgraded, and which need to be replaced. With our business focused approach to IT, we’ll help you make the wisest use of the money you’re going to spend on these upgrades.