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The Windows 7 2020 Problem

Windows 7, Windows Server 2008R2 and SBS 2011 are some of the most successful operating systems developed by Microsoft and are still in use in many businesses today.

It will be the end for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008R2 and SBS 20011 in January 2020, which means that Microsoft will put an end to security updates, bug fixes, and support for all these operating systems.  

Although there’s nothing preventing your businesses from utilising these retired operating systems  even after their End of Life (EOL) in January 2020, it would be best if you remain aware that using an outdated operating system will mean you are vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks.

A large number of small to medium size businesses stayed with Windows XP long after its EOL and subsequently suffered from severe Cyber-Attacks from infamous hackers like the WannaCry ransomware. There’s a solid possibility that criminals are already acting on how they can exploit the vulnerabilities produced when Microsoft terminates their extended support period for Windows 7. Don’t be caught out!

New Malware is generated every day so it’s essential to understand that anyone continuing to use Windows 7 could be more vulnerable. Without regular patches and security updates, you’re basically at the hands of hackers.

In Summary

We all avoid changes it’s just normal. Although when it comes to something important like your operating system, your company and staff will profit by having the latest Microsoft products installed. Most machines running theses operating systems are of an age where they would be due for upgrade/replacement within the next two years anyway.  It will often be a matter of bringing upgrades/replacements forward by a year or so.  Every year, new features are added to Windows operating systems to enhance security and the user’s experience. Windows 10 has been very well received by the industry and offers enhanced security and features.  Once your team understands how to utilise all these great new features, yourself and others can save time and money while providing better services.

Schedule your upgrades early

January 14th Windows 7So the count down has begun to when your Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 and SBS 2011 operating systems will become vulnerable to attacks.  Lucid System are offering complete operating system roll out services that are fully managed in order to keep disruption to you business to an absolute  minimum.  

Experience tells us that supply of the required upgrade parts and replacement hardware can become scarce which results in increased prices as we approach the EOL deadline in the last quarter of 2019.   
We would recommend to all our clients to upgrade as early as possible to get the best deal and ensure both hardware and labour resources are readily available.  

Please contact us for a free survey and upgrade plan.