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Posted by Stefanie | October 23, 2019

How and when to prepare for the fast-approaching Windows 7 end of life

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In the world of tech, nothing stays the same for long. Things are always moving forward as technology advances and it’s critical that your software is kept up to date as this happens. Having older systems can make you vulnerable to all sorts of trouble, from workflow slowdowns to security breaches—both of which can cost your business time, resources and even your reputation.

Windows 10 is just about ready to roll out, but the upgrade process can be complex and take some time. It’s best to get a head start. Don’t risk falling behind by waiting until the last minute to get your IT in order—use this post to make sure your company is prepared and can stay ahead when Windows 7 end of life hits.

What is Windows 7 end of life and when is it happening?

Microsoft will no longer be supporting this software after January 14, 2020. When we say “Windows 7 end of life,” it doesn’t mean Windows 7 will no longer run. You can choose to not take a proactive approach, and if you do, you can technically keep using it after that date.

However, if something goes wrong, you’re on your own in Microsoft’s eyes. This could spell danger for your entire business, as holes in your security could lead to a host of problems. The extended support phase has already begun, so we advise that you get on top of the change sooner than later.

How will Windows 7 end of life impact my company?

Leaving your business without new feature upgrades and security updates can lead to serious issues, such as:

  • An expensive ransomware attack
  • Costly downtime
  • Diminishing productivity levels among your staff
  • A leak or deletion of important data and sensitive information
  • Public relations disasters
  • A loss of coverage if you purchased insurance on your cybersecurity

With so much already on your plate, you don’t need the extra headache—so we don’t recommend trying to keep using Windows 7 after mid-January. Instead, get on board with the exciting rollout of brand-new Windows 10!

Out with the old, in with the new: getting onboard with Windows 10

With Windows 7 end of life approaching, how do I prepare for new software?

While it won’t be necessary in every situation, you’d be wise to include purchasing new PCs in your Windows 7 end-of-life plan. This recommendation comes from Microsoft themselves, but we have to agree. Purchasing new PCs will ensure you have the latest technology that can actually handle the newest software.

Some older models will simply not have the appropriate capacity. You shouldn’t have to worry yourself with the technical frustrations that come with trying to run state-of-the-art programs on outdated machines. Who has the time for those kinds of impediments?

You should also be sure the applications used by your company are compatible with Windows 10. Additionally, draw up a plan for training your staff to install Windows 10. Everyone should be on the same page so the process doesn’t cause more interruption than necessary to your team’s workdays.

Where you can turn for help with the transition from Windows 7

Microsoft curates extensive resources concerning Windows 10 and how to go about upgrading safely and efficiently. Their library is a good place to start gathering information. But once it’s time to actually implement the software, it can be a bit of an overwhelming process to take on all on your own.

It is always best to have a third-party vendor such as an IT managed services provider (MSP) on your side, ready to help you with this feat. An MSP is made up of specialists that can guide you through this hefty yet necessary project and make sure you don’t run into any trouble along the way.

Among other crucial upgrades, this transition is something we take care of for our clients. For maximum business success, contact us to learn more about working with a team that will safeguard your business and help conduct a smooth transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10, among other things. We look forward to chatting about how we can help throughout the process—and possibly working together in the future.

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