Using end-of-life operating systems is against best practice and can lead to security vulnerabilities, compatibility issues, lack of support, and compliance problems. It is always recommended to upgrade to a newer, supported operating system to ensure the security, stability, and functionality of your system. Here are some examples of why we strongly discourage use of out of date operating systems:
Once an operating system reaches its end-of-life, it is no longer supported by its vendor, meaning that it will no longer receive security updates or patches. As a result, the system becomes more vulnerable to cyber-attacks, viruses, and malware. Hackers are always looking for vulnerabilities in outdated software to exploit, so continuing to use an end-of-life operating system increases the risk of data breaches and other security incidents.
As newer software and hardware are released, they may not be compatible with end-of-life operating systems. This means that users may not be able to install or run the latest software or hardware on their system, which can limit their ability to work efficiently and stay up to date with the latest tools and technologies.
Lack of Support
Once an operating system is no longer supported users may not be able to receive technical support from the vendor. If something goes wrong with the system, there may be no way to fix it, leaving users without access to important files, applications, and data.
Many businesses must adhere to regulations or standards that require them to use supported operating systems to maintain compliance. Continuing to use an end-of-life operating system can put you at risk of non-compliance, which can lead to legal issues and other penalties.