Windows 7 and 2008 have officially retired

January 14, 2020

Effective January 14, 2020 Microsoft has ended all support for Windows Server 2008 R2. That may seem like the unimportant, but updating critical IT infrastructure is an immense task, and one that your business continuity depends on. If you’re still running Windows Server 2008 R2 the time to start change is now!
End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes or support and system updates. Vulnerabilities in the operating system that are discovered after this date will not be addressed by Microsoft. Furthermore, Microsoft will no longer offer any type of support for the operating system. The fact of the matter is that it won’t be long before those systems are specifically targeted and exploited.

What can you do?
It is time to reach out to HRT. An operating system upgrade likely requires a new server and possibly new software. HRT is standing by to assist you and be as proactive as possible. Don’t delay your call to us.

Windows 7 is going through the same process. It is in that all-too-familiar terminal phase that us tech junkies refer to as “end-of-life”. Many of you may still be relying on a Windows 7 to operate your business, so it’s time to consider what your options are. Similar to the XP retirement several years ago, it is time that Windows 7 has retired.
What does this mean? Windows 7 will continue to “function,” running your programs as usual (for the most part). After today, the operating system will no longer receive support or update rollouts that ensure security and stability. This means that any vulnerability discovered by the bad guys can be exploited repeatedly and aggressively. They will be scanning networks for these vulnerabilities, and they are practiced in exploiting them. For our partners governed by HIPPA or other compliance regulations, this critical upgrade is also mandatory, and opting out could incur heavy fines.

We’re here to help! Be proactive; it is always more cost-effective than reactive. Please call us at HRT to find out if you are at risk.