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Never again search which operating systems are installed in the company

August 17, 2021

Windows is dead, long live our Windows. That’s how it sounds in the media at the moment, and there is once again a heated discussion in the specialist forums about which operating system is better or unnecessary.
We don’t want to join this discussion at all, because after all, each camp has its own special views, although there are quite understandable reasons on both sides.

Nostalgia in IT is not always good

However, there is one faction we don’t want to listen to in our company network: the nostalgics. While the discussion about whether Windows 11 or Windows 10 will be the personal favorite is still understandable, there is hardly any valid reason for older versions to continue to be operated in a supposedly secure network.
At the end of 2020, it is estimated that Windows 7 will still account for over 20% of all Windows operating systems. (Source: heise.de (German) and netmarketshare.com)
We’d rather not tell you what a Windows 7 operating system still productively doing duty in your company could do in the worst case. To do that, take any online trade magazine and follow their articles. And then have them explain why security updates are important and why an operating system that is no longer supported with security patches is out of place.

The Remedy

Enough creepiness, there is, after all, a simple remedy. Get those things out and get new computers in. Or alternatively, of course, upgrade to a newer, still supported version of the operating system.
However, it gets difficult when just the one machine that is still reliably doing its job in the basement is not noticed by anyone or has simply been forgotten. This happens more often than you might think. If such systems are not connected to the network, no major damage can be done. Often, however, the opposite is the case and despite the best security measures in the company, we have one or the other “traitor” sitting among us.
If you approach the matter pragmatically, all you need is a permanent inventory of all computers and servers. Then you always have the latest status and if an operating system is to be retired, you are prepared for it.

Too elaborate? No, not at all!

With Docusnap, all operating systems that are present in the network are included in the central database. This allows you to immediately find outdated operating systems using the reporting features. Even if you are sure that no old computer is still doing its job in-house – there may still be one hiding in the remote office outside your daily line of sight. Or even several?
We’ll show you how quickly you can track down old operating systems and reliably get a complete overview of all existing operating systems in our short video:

 
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