Is Microsoft Windows 7 HIPAA Compliant?
Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system has been the most widely used operating systems in the business and consumer market around the world, in the 10 years since its release in July of 2009. Many users of Windows 7 don’t know, however, that Microsoft has announced that they will be ending their extended support of Windows 7 operating systems on January 14th, 2020. After this date, Microsoft will no longer release updates and important security patches for Windows 7 operating systems. This means that the use of computers with the end of life Windows 7 operating system, in your office, will not be in compliance with HIPAA.
The operating systems that preceded Windows 7 were Windows XP, support was ended for that in April of 2014 and Windows Vista which was ended in April of 2017. Anyone currently using Windows XP or Windows Vista operating systems should upgrade them immediately.
In addition to Windows 7, Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 2008 R2 server operating systems on the same day. Offices can begin the process of phasing out end of life Windows 7 machines or Windows 2008 R2 servers and replacing them with newer operating systems like Windows 10 or Windows Server 2019 as soon as possible. Beginning the transition now should reduce the headaches and hassle from changing all computers at once and in a rush. You can Contact us to see how our in-house hardware team can help!