Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/2011 End-of-Life

Attention Users:

If you are currently using Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2, or Small Business Server (SBS) 2011, please be aware Microsoft will no longer provide support or updates to these operating systems after January 14th, 2020.

Microsoft announced that after January 14th, 2020, they will no longer be providing their users with security or feature updates. To continue using your PC without any issues, Microsoft is recommending devices to be upgraded to Windows 10 or Windows Server 2019 in order to stay protected and compliant with government regulations.

Devices that continue to use these unsupported systems will be at risk of security breaches and noncompliant with government and other regulations. Businesses are recommended to replace or migrate to Windows 10 or Windows Server 2019 before the EOL date to prevent security risks and/or sanctions.

TCSP is sending this courtesy reminder to business owners and managers to review their current office set-up. We recommend you review which devices will be affected and plan on how to proceed as soon as possible before the deadline of January 14th, 2020.

Clients without an IT Support Agreement are welcome to contact TCSP for additional assistance with this matter.

IT Support Agreement Holders:

If you have an IT Support Agreement with TCSP, you will receive a report via email and mail of the affected devices along with a recommended plan of action.

Which version of Windows do I have?

To check which Windows operating system you have, follow the steps below.

Note: Each computer must be checked individually.

  1. Press Windows Key + R
  2. Type winver
  3. Press OK
  4. A popup with your current Windows version will be displayed:

Can I upgrade my workstation(s)?

Workstations can be upgraded as long as they meet the minimum requirements. However, please be aware not all applications used on your current Windows 7 computer may be compatible with Windows 10. Contact your software vendor to verify that the application and version you have installed is compatible with Windows 10.  For example:

  • If you use QuickBooks 2012, you can contact Intuit to find out if QuickBooks 2012 is compatible with Windows 10 or if you need to upgrade to QuickBooks 2019.
  • If you use Medisoft Version 19, you can contact your reseller (or eMD) to find out if Medisoft Version 19 is compatible with Windows 10 or if you need to upgrade to Medisoft Version 23.

If your workstations are able eligible to be upgraded, the upgrade process can take anywhere from 1 – 5 hours depending on the computer’s performance and applications installed. If your workstations need to be replaced, the process may take longer due to setting up a new system from scratch; TCSP does not recommend OS migrations from old systems for business users. TCSP can help review your current setup and provide a more accurate timeframe for replacement and upgrade.

To learn more about the Windows 10 minimum requirements for workstations, please read Windows 10 – Minimum and Recommended Requirements.

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