Windows 7 End of Life: What This Means for Your Business

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Windows 7 End of Life: What This Means for Your Business

Microsoft has announced that the end-of-support date for Windows 7 will be on January 14, 2020. Businesses who have computers on Windows 7 should make plans for the transition to Windows 10.

It's important to act as soon as possible, because migrating a number of computers to Windows 10 can take weeks or even months.

What does end of support mean?

End of support means that if you have computers running Windows 7, there will be no more patches and security updates. If you do not upgrade, you will not be protected against the latest security threats and viruses. There are new cybersecurity threats each day and your computers should not go without security updates.

How can your business prepare?

It's time to consider an upgrade and a plan as it takes quite some time to get every computer up to date. Maintaining security, confirming mission critical application compatibility, testing backups, limiting downtime, user training, setting expectations, and minimizing user disruptions are important factors to consider.

What if we continue to use Windows 7?

If you continue to use Windows 7, once support ends, your PCs will become vulnerable to security risks like malware that exposes loopholes that have been patched. You will not receive patches and security updates.

We use Windows 7. What can we do?

Upgrade. It's really that simple. If you have computers running Windows 7, it's time to upgrade your computers. Any new computers you purchase will already have Windows 10 installed.

We recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 or at least consider it.

Prepare and Plan

If you need help, we can conduct an audit of your technology assets to determine if there are Windows 7 devices and soon-to-be- unsupported hardware or software components to use. To migrate successfully, devices need to have a minimum hardware specification to run Windows 10 at a productive level.

Successfully Migrate

Once we determine the right path, we can automate the migration process using our cloud-based remote monitoring, and management solution, to perform the upgrade process. This will take place with little impact on your day-to-day operations. Should your organization need to follow a replacement path: typically the Windows 7 replacement will consist of a Microsoft Windows 10 primary device, Office 365 ProPlus and other upgraded lines of business applications all deployed by our service delivery team.

How You Benefit

Our top priority with this migration is to minimize security vulnerabilities and help you avoid major downtime. We can help you with educating your employees to help minimize any disruption and make recommendations so you can make the best decision - upgrade or replace - for your business outlining the costs and implications of both scenarios.

If your business is still using Windows 7, we can prepare you for Windows 7 End of Life and determine the best strategy to migrate to Windows 10.

As a Microsoft Certified Partner and full-suite IT firm, Restech can help plan and implement your upgrade to Windows 10.

Contact us to learn how we can help you navigate this change or to help plan your migration.



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