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Still running Windows 7 or Microsoft Server 2008?

For our customers, we know that when it comes to replacing machines or updating them that it can take a back-burner if everything is working well. However, if you are still running Windows 7 or Server 2008 it’s really time to start planning to get your systems updated.

You may have seen the announcements for new versions of Windows, or you may have received notices that it was time to update but when things are working, why would you do it? Let us share why.

Both Windows 7 and Microsoft Server 2008 are over a decade old and from a Microsoft standpoint, they ended mainstream support back in 2015 and in January 2020, they end-of-lifed support for these products. The biggest impact of the end-of-life for you is that this now means that Microsoft is no longer patching for new viruses or security problems.

This means that regardless of your security tools, if you are still running Windows 7 or Server 2008, your business data is now at risk.

What can you do about it?

Your team has two options to look at:

  1. The first option is to upgrade the machines to the latest release. It may require that you upgrade your system specs as Windows 10 and Server 2019 require additional specifications but it can be a more cost effective option.

  2. The second option is to replace the machine or server.

What do you need to take into consideration?

Whenever you are planning an upgrade, it is important to take into consideration the tools and Line of Business applications you use day to day. Whether it be a specific software program like your accounting system or a custom solution that is specific to your industry or the hardware that you use alongside like printers, you will want to review whether there will be an impact associated with upgrading.

For your key programs that you use beyond your Microsoft solutions like Outlook or Word, it is important for you to check compatibility with Windows 10. If you are using an older solution, you are going to want to make sure that it will continue to work following the update or arrange for an update for it as well alongside your system update.

For external tools, including printers, or custom hardware, you will also want to review the impact of upgrading to ensure that you can continue to access them following the upgrade.

Interested in upgrading and looking for an IT Consultant to help? Ascent3 IT is an Edmonton based IT provider that can help you review your requirements, update your systems and support you as you get on the newest Microsoft releases.

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