Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 8, Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Today Microsoft ended support for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer versions 8, 9 and 10. What does this mean to you? Microsoft is no longer supporting or updating these versions of its software and you need to update now!

Microsoft offers free updates to newer versions of these programs free of charge. If you automatically receive updates you will get these newer versions automatically and probably already have them. If you are using Windows 8 you should upgrade to Windows 8.1. If you are using Internet Explorer version 8, 9 or 10 you need to get Internet Explorer version 11. You can also use an alternate web browser like Google Chrome, Firefox or others.

Why is it important to upgrade? Since Microsoft is no longer supporting or updating these programs you will not be protected from security vulnerabilities and are at risk of attack.

Check your Windows Update settings to be sure you’re already protected with automatic updates!

What Is a Data Backup and Why Do I Need It?

The two most important protections you can give your restaurant point of sale system are:

  1. Frequent data backups
  2. An uninterruptible power supply

A database backup is a copy of your point of sale system’s data files. Point of Success makes an automatic database backup every day with the most recent 50 backups stored on the local hard disk drive on the server computer. This is a great feature to have but it is not sufficient to fully protect your data.

To have complete protection from loss of data, database backups also need to stored offsite. Offsite storage protects a backup from physical damage or loss. A simple matter like a fire in the restaurant or theft of the server computer would require complete re-creation of the ordering menu and and all the financial records in the point of sale system would be lost.

Offsite backups are easy and inexpensive using removable media like a flash drive or using an online backup service.

No matter which method you choose, here are the files you need to back up:

  • Copy all the files in the C:Point of SuccessBackupPOS Data folder (these files contain the POS system menu setup and history for all the business functions supported by Point of Success)
  • Copy all the files in the C:Point of SuccessBackupSystem Data folder (these files contain system information, especially any report customizations done in Point of Success)

Now here’s why a backup is so important – In the event of a complete server failure it only takes a few minutes to install Point of Success software and restore a data backup onto a replacement computer. Problem solved!

Support for Older Versions of Point of Success

Point of Success version 2.5 was released in November 2007. With the release of version 3, support for versions prior to 2.5 has been discontinued. If your software is more than six years old you can upgrade to the most current version to get all the great new features and continue support for your point of sale software from Point of Success! Contact your Point of Success Dealer or Point of Success to upgrade.