03/06/2020

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One in three NHS computers still running Windows 7

Inspite of the government’s focus on of upgrading all PCs and laptops to Windows 10 by January of this yr, close to fifty percent a million NHS computers are however functioning Windows seven.

Windows seven attained its Finish of Lifetime past thirty day period and the out-of-date functioning technique will no lengthier acquire safety fixes for any recently discovered vulnerabilities or safety flaws.

Back again in April 2018, the UK’s Section of Well being and Social Treatment signed a deal with Microsoft which authorized NHS corporations to update to Windows 10 for totally free. Nonetheless, the deal required that all of its PCs required to be upgraded from Windows seven to Windows 10 by no later than January, fourteen 2020 as Windows seven would no lengthier be supported just after that date.

That deadline has occur and gone but according to government figures, at least a 3rd of NHS PCs are however functioning Windows seven.

Extended assistance

Of the 1.37m PCs and laptops applied by the NHS, at least 463,784 are however functioning Windows seven even though Microsoft is now offering prolonged assistance for these units. Only 587,351 PCs are at the moment functioning Windows 10 and a couple of thousand are however functioning Windows eight.

Additionally 318,000 machines are functioning some version of Windows with out Microsoft’s active threat protection prolonged assistance. If these units are functioning a version of Windows that is no lengthier supported, they could be susceptible to any new program flaws or bugs that are discovered.

In a assertion, NHS Electronic discussed that its remaining units functioning Windows seven will be update just before Microsoft’s prolonged assistance period of time comes to an conclusion in 2021, saying:

“There is assistance from Microsoft for units applying Windows seven, in all NHS organisations, until eventually fourteen January 2021. Migration to Windows 10 is a course of action which will vary based on the specific desires of the organisation. We are operating carefully with the NHS to offer you assistance to migrate to Windows 10 and are on focus on to finish this just before the prolonged assistance period of time finishes.” 

By means of ZDNet