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On January 20th, 2020 Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will no longer be HIPAA Compliant

On January 20th, 2020 Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will no longer be HIPAA Compliant | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

On January 20th, 2020 Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will no longer be HIPAA Compliant

 

Microsoft has announced that on January 20th, 2020 Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 (Server 2008R2) will reach their EOL (End of Life) Product Life-cycle; meaning Microsoft will no longer provide routine security updates making these systems considerably more vulnerable to cyber attacks and therefore no longer HIPAA compliant. Even the presence of a single non-compliant device (computer, router, switch, etc.) can deem your entire site to be non-compliant so this should be taken seriously to avoid potential data loss and/or fines.

 

As you are reviewing your IT budget for 2019 take into account that some or all of your hardware may need to be replaced. If you still have Windows 7 32-bit operating system computers in your environment you should consider replacement.

 

Any facility that has Windows 7 64-bit operating system computers deployed may have hardware deployed that
can easily be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro or may need only minor upgrades such as memory.

 

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is a software operating system that does not have upgrade options. You will definitely need a new server platform to address a migration to Windows 2016 Server or Windows Server 2019 operating system.

 

Because of the number of systems/sites still running these older operating systems scheduling PC and server upgrades is several months out. Considering supply issues from the Far East (trade sanctions, etc.) hardware vendors are experiencing supply shortages and price pressures.

 

Aside from the hardware supply line, scheduling downtime for your migration to the new operating system/hardware and possible application compatibility issues for the new operating systems should be considered. A gradual roll-out of new PCs will reduce the budgetary impact and allow staff members to familiarize themselves with the new operating system.

 

Having a plan to deploy a new server for your facility well in advance of the deadline of January 20th, 2020 will make a smooth transition a lot more likely. January 2020 will be here in no time.

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Microsoft Has Ended Free Tech Support and Feature Updates for Windows 7

Unlucky for some: it’s 13 January 2015, and that means the end of free support for Windows 7.

Happily that doesn’t mean your computer is going to automatically break or stop working, but it does mean Microsoft will no longer offer free help and support if you have problems with your Windows 7 software from this point on. No new features will be added either.

Microsoft is keen to move users onto Windows 8 instead — to find out more, check out our how-tos, troubleshooting, news and reviews of Windows 8. Alternatively, you can wait for Windows 10 later this year.

Windows 7 was released in 2009. It sold over 100 million copies in six months and remains hugely popular. More stable than predecessor Windows Vista and more familiar than its radically redesigned successor Windows 8, version 7 is still estimated to be running half of the world’s PCs.

As of today Windows 7 has moved from mainstream support — free help for everyone — to extended support, which means Microsoft will charge for help with the software. That will end in 2020, when Microsoft turns out the light on Windows 7 for good.

If you’re worried about security, Microsoft will continue to patch security issues, so if you do stick with Windows 7 your computer shouldn’t suddenly become vulnerable to hackers targeting the software.

The next generation of Microsoft’s venerable operating system is Windows 10 — they’re skipping 9, for some reason — which is due in the second half of this year. Microsoft is set to make an announcement about Windows 10 a week from now on 21 January, so stick with us to find out what Gates’ mates have up their sleeves.


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