7 Things on Windows 10

Martin Perkins

1st April 2019

Microsoft, Upgrade, Windows 10, Windows 7,

In January 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. This means that security upgrades to Windows 7 will cease and, for your lab to remain secure, you will need to migrate to Windows 10.

If you have bought an instrument from us, with this in mind, here are seven things to consider:

  1. Too old to migrate: Many older Agilent 6890 GC and 5973 MSD systems will be unable to undertake the migration. This is due, in part, to the enhanced cyber security measures present in Windows 10. All systems will require ChemStation or MassHunter upgrades.
  2. Know if you’re supported: Guaranteed support from Agilent, for 6890/5973 systems ended in 2018. Our engineers will do everything to keep your systems working beyond any cut-off date, but it is wise to consider that this could be the end of the line.
  3. Safe use of Windows 7: If your instrument isn’t connected to a network and isn’t connected to the internet, it will be safe to use with Windows 7.
  4. You may need to upgrade your instrument’s PC: If you are using Windows 7 (or earlier) you may need to upgrade your computer hardware to work properly with the new operating system.
  5. The hardware-software trade off: If you source a new PC from your instrument supplier, this will probably cost a bit more than one you can source elsewhere, however, the software upgrade will be less complex and take less time to perform. Overall you could be better off.
  6. CyberEssentials: If you are working in the public sector, this issue comes within the scope of the CyberEssentials scheme.
  7. Time is of the essence: Unless you are sure you aren’t affected, it’s important to act now. January 2020 is creeping into view and these things always take longer than you think.

This is a technically complex topic and no two instruments are ever exactly the same. If you want to speak to someone you can trust, who understands the issues and who can help you avoid the pitfalls in good time, call +44 (0)1223 279210 or email support@anatune.co.uk.