End of Support for Windows 7/Server 2008 01/14/2020 395 Days

Microsoft will end its support for the Windows 7 operating system on 14 January 2020.  This means that automatic updates that protect your computer will no longer be available.  Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 before January 2020 to benefit from all the security and updates that are released to a fully supported operating system. 

As well as your PCs, laptops and mobile devices your server will need checking to ensure it can support the Windows 10 operating system. 

Schools ICT is here to help.  We can support you with a smooth and successful transition to Windows 10.  We will:

  • Identify machines that need to be upgraded or replaced (PCs, Laptops and Servers)
  • Check your server is able to support Windows 10
  • Help you source and budget for replacement equipment
  • Work with you to develop a timeline for upgrades

In more detail

Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that they can focus their investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and automatic updates that help protect your PC will no longer be made available for the product.

To fully support the move to the Windows 10 operating system your server will need to be running Microsoft Windows Server 2012, 2016 or preferably Microsoft Windows Server 2019.  If you still have an old Microsoft Windows Server 2008 you will need to plan to replace / upgrade your server (extended support for Microsoft Server 2008 will end January 14, 2020).  Schools ICT can help you review your options such as moving to a cloud based solution or upgrading your traditional server equipment.

Next Steps

Speak to someone from Schools ICT, this could be your regular Schools ICT  School Technician, the Network Manager, the Field Officer visiting to install or fix computers or the Schools ICT Sales and Development team on 01609 536086 Option 2. We can arrange an appointment and discuss the options available for the school. Schools ICT recommend that all Windows 7 computers are removed from the schools network by the middle of January 2020.

 

FAQs Windows 10 Update

Q) What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?

A) You can continue to use Windows 7, but we would not recommend this. After support has ended your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Windows 7 devices will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.  

If your PC does not have all the latest security updates it is open to possible attack and the school could lose data and more importantly it opens the schools up to a possible GDPR data breech.

Q) Can I Upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?

A1) Maybe. If a school has a Microsoft annual agreement - OVS-ES this includes the license to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Don’t worry Schools ICT can sell full upgrade licenses for Windows 10. Just call us on 01609 536086, Option 2

A2)The minimum hardware specification to upgrade to Windows 10 is an Intel i3 processor and 4GB RAM.

To check your computer - You may can right-click the Computer icon if it is available on the desktop or the Start-menu and select "Properties" from the pop-up menu to open the System Control Panel window.

The System Control Panel

windows 7 system control panel

Schools ICT can also offer support and advise, please contact 01609 536086 - Option 1

If your computer is not up to specification we would recommend the following options:

  • Replacing the computers with modern devices running Windows 10.
  • Replace with other devices such as iPads or Chromebooks.
  • From 14th January 2020 disconnect the Windows 7 computer from the network and then WEEE recycle the computer.

Q) What Do I Need To Do To Prepare?

Upgrading to a new operating system takes time and careful planning, particularly if you have numerous machines and systems to assess.  Schools ICT will work with you to plan your upgrade to minimise disruption. 

  • Identify machines that need to be upgraded or replaced
  • Develop a timeline and budget for upgrades and replacements
  • Plan for employee training to learn the new system
  • During the upgrade all computers will need to be on-site, all data should be backed up and removed from the hard drive.

 

FAQs Server Upgrade

Q When does support for Server 2008 end?

Microsoft will discontinue Server 2008 (including Server 2008 R2) support on January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and automatic updates that help protect your Server will no longer be made available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Server 2016 or Server 2019 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.

Q) Can I upgrade my existing server?

A) If your server is five or more years old then the modern server operating system may require a higher hardware specification. School ICT will be able to advise you on a recommended server hardware specification for your school.

Q) What Do I Need To Do To Prepare?

A) Replacing a server takes time and careful planning, Schools ICT can support you with the installation of new server hardware we will:

  • Identify servers and devices that need to be upgraded or replaced
  • Develop a timeline and budget for upgrades and replacements

 


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