Legacy Software – How to protect your software and data

Legacy software are applications that will not run on modern operating systems like Windows 7 64 bit and Windows 10.  Most of the time, it may not be cost effective to keep and maintain your current computer that is running on legacy software.  However, it is also appreciated that your most important historical data resides on it.  It would be best to engage a IT consultant to find out if you are using legacy software to prepare your systems for Disaster Recovery.  Planning to retire your legacy software would be the better solution.

What are the challenges you are facing when running legacy software.

  • Legacy software are not readily installable and chances are that the company that had created it has already been out of business or has a new upgrade software
  • Legacy software will not install on modern machines that are available in computer stores
  • Legacy software application have no backup utilities
  • Legacy software is not internet ready and was not designed to be online
  • Legacy software will not print on newer printers on the market

What are your options

  1. Contact your legacy software publisher.
  2. Plan to upgrade your legacy software or find a current alternative application
  3. Backup your computer using an image backup software.
  4. Clean your computer and remove all extraneous applications leaving the legacy software on a standalone.
  5. Print current reports from your legacy software regularly.  This
  6. Research for an alternative to your application

To plan for its retirement create a current checklist of your system where your legacy software is running from

  • What computer does it run from – CPU, HardDrive Model, Memory
  • What is the Operating System – Windows 95, Windows XP
  • What is the printer model it is printing to
  • How does the legacy software communicated – modem, LAN, serial port.
  • Who is the publisher and get the necessary contact numbers
  • Reboot and clean your computer.

Early planning is key to the maintenance of your legacy software.  In today’s business operations, it is most important that all your systems – hardware and software are maintained with proper continuity planning.