RIP Windows 7
On January 13th, 2020 Microsoft will cease mainstream Support for Windows 7 which has been a very popular operating system. This means no more service packs or patches for bugs that could result in security threats.
With all these expected changes and advanced warnings, you would expect businesses to be making plans and embracing the changes that are on the horizon, but some are burying their heads in the sand and just trying to forget as everything is working well now.
Many businesses, especially smaller businesses can be reluctant to move away for several reasons, but the main ones are:
- Costs and time involved.
- Various bespoke applications that they have at present and concerned that they will not be compatible with the new OS
- Unsure of the risks of not moving over to new operating system
- Will my hardware be compatible with new operating system and perhaps I will have to upgrade my hardware more costs involved?
- Training of staff on new systems
How can I prepare?
Upgrading from Microsoft Windows 7 to Windows 10 takes time and careful planning, particularly if you have a number of PC’s to assess. A smooth and successful transition to the new operating system requires you to:
- Identify the Computers on your network that need to be upgraded or replaced
- Identify and consider replacing bespoke software using older operating systems to update your technology
- Create a timeline and budget for upgrades and replacements
- Carry out a security audit to separate critical systems from Windows 7 machines that cannot be upgraded or removed
- Plan for your employees to train and learn the new operating System
With just over a year to go before Microsoft pull the plug on support for Windows 7, no time like the present for businesses to start to make plans to upgrade up to Windows 10. Many businesses will be concerned with migrating over to the new system, it doesn’t have to be stressful at all. This transition is absolutely crucial to keeping your business secure, if you need advice or help with migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10, please get in touch today.