After 10 years, support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ended on January 14, 2020. We know change can be difficult, so we are here to help you with recommendations for what to do next and to answer questions about the end of support.
As of January 14, 2020, your computer running Windows 7 will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:
While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.
On January 14, 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 has ended. That means the end of regular security updates. Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We're here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance, and innovation.
Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 can be upgraded to Windows Server 2016/2019. Another option is to leverage cloud readiness with migrations to such providers like Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services. The use of virtualization technologies can help the migration progress to old physical servers
End of support can be a serious issue for businesses that don’t follow through on upgrades and migrations.
The options for clients include upgrading to newer versions of Windows, or, if upgrading isn’t immediately possible, paying an additional fee in order to continue receiving Extended Security Updates through 2023. The latter option is available to Windows Enterprise or Windows 7 Pro customers only, is priced per device, and will double in cost each year. Microsoft does not offer extended support for Windows Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2.
This can get confusing, so here’s a chart you can use when talking to clients about their options:
Choosing the right IT service provider can help with planning and offer the right guidance. Manhattan Information System can ensure this migration can be a smooth, successful transition.
Here are a few pointers to get started:
Still, need help to start the process? Manhattan Information System can help you to migrate away from these operating system as well as any other software approaching the end of life support.
We’ll help you determine your next steps and maintain a secure data environment throughout the process.
Manhattan Information Systems can remediate any security concerns with a proper migration to Microsoft's latest operating systems. We can leverage technologies that would be IT efficient such as virtualization integration. Another option is to leverage cloud readiness with migrations to such providers like Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services
Don’t jeopardize your company’s data security – contact us for more information!
A secure, efficient, network infrastructure is critical to business operations. It’s important to upgrade to a supported version of Windows and you have options – and making the right choice planning upgrades plays a major role in performance and reliability.
Learn more about expiring Microsoft “End of Life” products. Download our Information Guide today.
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