Don't Gamble with Your Computer Security. It's Not Too Late to Upgrade Your Windows XP PCs!
It's been more than six months since Microsoft stopped providing bug fixes, security patches or support for your Windows XP computers. The longer you stick with Windows XP, the higher your risk will be in exposing your patient data, financial records and network stability to cybercriminals.
Back in April, you may have asked yourself “What’s the big deal?” when your computers continued to work normally even though Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. But now more than ever, you risk your practice if you continue to use Windows XP. It’s time to upgrade to a new operating system.Why Should I Change?
With supported operating systems, regular patches and updates address vulnerabilities or bugs in software. But because new patches and updates are not available for Windows XP, attackers who find new vulnerabilities will be able to exploit them at will. And with Windows XP still accounting for 17% of operating systems in use worldwide, discovering new weaknesses represents a lucrative and easy option for criminals.
It’s not just the security risk that threatens your practice. Companies that make devices which connect to PCs are already in the process of not providing drivers that work with Windows XP. Adding new devices to your practice may mean that they won’t work with Windows XP. Also, over time, your PC performance will continue to degrade. Continuing to operate on Windows XP will hinder your ability to get computer help or adopt new technologies that increase productivity and profits.Do I Need New Computers to Upgrade Windows?
Choosing a new operating system depends on the age of your computer hardware. Computers that originally shipped with Windows XP are now at least seven years old. In technology years, these computers qualify for Social Security. If your PCs are still running Windows XP, it’s time for them to retire.
According to Microsoft, Windows 7 requires the following minimum hardware:
To learn what your options are, talk to your Henry Schein DTS about a TechCentral computer assessment or call 877-483-0382 to request one. If your computers don’t meet the minimum requirements, you’ll need to upgrade. If they barely meet the minimum requirements, you should consider upgrading to get the most from a newer operating system.What Operating System Should I Choose?
Choosing between Windows 7 and Windows 8 depends on your practice’s needs and your decision to replace aging hardware. Dentrix G5 and G5 Productivity Pack 1 (as well as many other software products you rely on in your office) are fully supported on Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate. Dentrix G5 Productivity Pack 1 running Update 3 is compatible with Windows 8 Pro/ Enterprise. Before installing Dentrix on a Windows 8 computer, however, make sure that all your hardware and software are compatible with Windows 8, including any eServices products and third-party software (such as imaging software) that you link to through Dentrix. For current information regarding Dentrix and eServices compatibility with Windows 8 compatibility, visit www.dentrix.com/support/updates. One of the significant changes to Windows 8 is to support touchscreen technology. As Dell and HP now offer reasonably priced 23” HD All-in-One (AiO) touchscreen computers, it is easy to upgrade your operating system while giving your practice the advantage of the latest technology.
If you are running 25 or more computers in your office, we recommend that you run Dentrix G5 Productivity Pack 1 and a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 R1 or Windows Server 2008 R1/R2. If you choose to run a 32-bit operating system with more than 25 computers, you may experience performances issues and crashes due to 32-bit memory limitations.
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Pro/Enterprise can be used as server operating systems but are not recommended due to security and scalability issues that may require special server configuration. You can find the latest system requirements in the Dentrix Resource Center at www.dentrix.com/resource-center.
TechCentral experts can help evaluate your practice and recommend the right equipment to meet your needs. Contact Henry Schein TechCentral at 877-483- 0382 for assistance in upgrading your practice’s operating system and other technology. Or visit us on the web at www.HenryScheinTechCentral.com.