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Windows 7 has been a popular operating system that many organizations have come to rely on. Starting January 14, 2020 support for Windows 7, however, will no longer be available. There are three important reasons why an organization needs to update to Windows 10.

What Happens when Glitches and Bugs are Found?

Finding a glitch in functionality or programs shutting down are problems that occasionally occur with almost any system. Once support ends for Windows 7, an organization will be on their own to find solutions to these problems. Bugs and glitches will no longer be fixed by Microsoft. New hardware and software features that are added will likely become incompatible. Newer webcams and printers may not connect properly to Windows 7.

What Happens without Security Updates?

Without security updates for Windows 7, a network will be extremely susceptible to hackers and a variety of malware. Even if large security holes are found that affect the system, an organization will need to solve the problem internally. Any organization that maintains sensitive data for customers or patients will be at risk. Hackers will know that the system is extremely vulnerable and there will be a greater likelihood that crucial data will be lost or stolen. While it’s still possible to run antivirus software, this is just one layer of protection. Even these types of security tools will eventually stop supporting Windows 7.

What Happens without Technical Support?

There won’t be any troubleshooting or a help desk to contact. Adding new software or devices could potentially be problematic since there won’t be any technical support available. A lack of support also means there won’t be any updates. Microsoft generally sends periodic updates and each update is then serviced for several months. Without technical support operating systems are vulnerable to all of the previously mentioned risks. There are several steps a healthcare organization can take to prepare.

  • Identify all legacy systems that will need updating.
  • Develop a budget and timeline for upgrades.
  • Prepare for employee training.

How Can Global Data Systems Help?

Since a lack of support and security are not realistic options, there are basically two solutions when replacing Windows 7. These include switching to Mac OS or updating to Windows 10. Switching to a Mac would require learning a completely different system. This would likely mean spending a considerable amount of time and resources training employees. Unless a company does an extensive amount of graphic design or video production, updating to Windows 10 is almost certainly the best option.

A healthcare organization can’t afford downtime or the loss of sensitive data. It’s necessary to find an experienced IT provider that can help an organization smoothly upgrade their systems to Windows 10 while providing expert IT management. Global Data Systems (GDS) can help reduce IT costs as well as security risks while increasing profitability with the most up-to-date IT solutions. GDS has over 20 years of experience providing managed services and protecting healthcare facilities. Contact GDS for more information.

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