Windows 7 & Server 2008 EOL

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Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 End Of Life: What You Need To Know

Microsoft has officially retired Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 from their support as of January 14, 2020. Microsoft will no longer release any security patches for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, which will effectively make it non­‐compliant with HIPAA/HITECH. Any practice that continues to run on this platform will expose their data to cyber vulnerabilities and are subject to HIPAA non-­compliance penalties.

What Does This Mean For You...

To ensure your system remains HIPAA compliant you will need to contact us at as soon as possible to review your current computer infrastructure.

Your current Dentech system will continue to function, however, the following issues may adversely affect your practices production:

1. Using PC’s with Windows 7 operating system or Windows Server 2008 R2 will not be HIPAA Compliant.

2. Cyber vulnerability for the PCs that use Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 increases, unless they are disconnected from the Internet. If they are disconnected from the Internet, Dentech will not be able to provide support for your hardware and software needs.

3. Future technical and software support will be limited since Dentech will no longer receive development support for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

What Do You Need To Do...

Simply upgrade your operating system to Windows 10 or upgrade your server to Windows Server 2016 as an option and greatly reduce the chance of cyber vulnerability. Please do not wait until the last moment as we anticipate prolonged delivery times from PC manufacturers.

For more information contact your Dentech Account Representative, Lisa Matey, as soon as possible at 800.233.4998 ext. 239 or email

NOTE: Please advise us if you are using Winlink or any peripherals that are connected to office PCs (e.g. label printers, scanners, sensors, intraoral cameras, etc.) that may not be compatible with 64 bit operating systems and/or windows 10. An oversight may result in unnecessary costly investments to replace incompatible peripherals.

To check for operating system information:

Click the Start button, click Run, type winver, and then press Enter.