Free support for Microsoft Windows 7 ends soon

Free support for Microsoft Windows 7 ends soon

September 23, 2019

From 14th January 2020, Microsoft will end its free support for the Windows 7 operating system.

After this date Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates for Windows 7. This could put some systems at higher risk from viruses and other running problems.

Community pharmacy contractors are therefore recommended, with their IT/PMR support, to plan moving away from Windows 7, if that has not already been considered.

The NHS Digital Warranted Environment Specification (WES) document sets out technical standards for those systems which make use of NHS Spine and Smartcard services and outlines when free support of different versions of Microsoft Windows is due to end. The WES recommends ensuring systems are supported.

For those pharmacy contractors upgrading computer hardware ahead of the Windows 7 deadline, they may wish to consider upgrading their Windows operating system at the same time.

If a non-supported system is used for a period of time, there are some precautionary measures, explored within the briefing linked below, which you and your IT/PMR support may take to protect your systems e.g. from being impacted by a virus.

PSNC with Community Pharmacy IT Group (CP ITG) has prepared a briefing on the topic primarily suitable for those supporting pharmacy IT such as pharmacy system suppliers or IT helpdesks: CP ITG briefing: Preparing for Windows 7 and Windows 10 transition.


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