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Windows POSready 7 End of Life
3 Questions that Retailers Should be Asking Themselves

In 2016, Microsoft clarified that the support for Windows operating system on Microsoft Windows Embedded POSReady 7 would terminate on October 12, 2021.

Are you prepared?

Retailers with legacy POS hardware terminals purchased prior to 2014 should closely examine which generation of processors their POS uses. Those that have Intel or AMD processors manufactured in the last 6 years or so will NOT be able to upgrade to 32-bit Windows 10. With no supported upgrade path to 32-bit Windows 10, many retailers are faced with costly hardware and/or software upgrades.

Questions for Retailers

There are a number of key questions that retailers must answer to understand the impact and possible solution to this challenge:

1) Which operating system is our POS running, and which processor is it running on?

  • All POS terminals with Microsoft Windows Embedded POSReady 7 (or POS Ready 2009) face compliance and support challenges
  • All POS terminals that contain Intel processors older than third generation are not supported to run Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 64-bit. A hardware upgrade may be required to facilitate a move to Windows 10
  • All POS terminals that contain modern Intel processors from third generation onwards are not supported to run Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 32-bit. This poses a difficult conundrum for retailers with 32-bit applications as they seek to move to Windows 10.

2) Is PCI/DSS compliance of key importance to our business operation?

The implications of compliance and non-compliance vary based on sector, geography and technology. If compliance is of paramount importance, then actions need to be taken as of October 2021.

3) Are there plans in place to replace POS hardware, or does my strategy require that we extend the life of current systems beyond October 2021?

If retailers are planning to upgrade their POS hardware in the next 3 years, then this issue will be solved. However, the hardware replacement costs could be substantial. If not, remedial action will need to be taken to extend the life of current hardware beyond October 2021.

Avoid Expensive POS Hardware Replacements

Given that a planned POS upgrade for large retailers can run for 18 to 24 months, prompt action Is required for those affected. Of course, it doesn’t have to be an expensive case of replacing all your hardware. Zynstra has devised a solution to extend the life of POS Terminals beyond the date of Microsoft Windows Embedded POSReady 7 end of life.

End of Life for POSReady 7

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