Managing the 2020 Medical Device Windows Upgrade Cycle

According to a recent security report, 71% of Windows-based medical devices will end up unsupported due to outdated Windows versions. While medical device OEMs are scrambling to get in front of this issue, there are no easy paths forward, and the reality is that many medical device OEMs will be forced into a full device-upgrade cycle that affects the motherboard, processor, operating system, the medical application, and associated libraries. This white paper provides an overview of the Windows upgrade and migration situation and presents alternative options.


  • The background of of the Windows upgrade issue for medical devices
  • Virtualization technology options for upgrading to Windows 10 while still maintaining the devices' hardware and legacy applications
  • Alternative Linux OS options that allow medical device OEMS to move away from the Microsoft Windows upgrade cycle