For many businesses, it’s the end of an era. Windows 7, long counted on as a more suitable alternative to Windows 10 for many organizations running legacy hardware and software, will no longer be supported by Microsoft after January 14, 2020. Many Revolution Networks clients trust this older version of the iconic operating system for a number of reasons, including its dependability, performance, and user-friendliness. Why is this happening, and what can your business do to navigate the seas of change? Let’s take a deeper look and face the future together.
Why is it Happening?
All operating systems are built around predetermined lifecycles. With that in mind, it’s a normal process for breakthroughs in software and hardware to demand updated operating systems that can take advantage of new innovations. However, the primary reason Windows 7 is being put out to pasture is security. Malware and other forms of viral code are vastly different today than they were ten years ago, meaning outdated software is much more likely to trigger an attack. This can compromise valuable and highly sensitive data – not what one wants to go through when trying to get the most out of their everyday business operations!
What Does This Mean for My Setup?
Any system running Windows 7 after January 14, 2020, will no longer be eligible for support from Microsoft. There will also be no more security updates for the OS, regardless of whether you’re using the Home, Professional, or other variants. Windows 10 is pretty much a requirement for any business as a result, as it will be the only Windows-based OS that continues to receive regular security and performance improvement updates. Also, Internet Explorer support will come to an end on Windows 7 devices after this date.
First things first. Make sure that you have backups of your sensitive, irreplaceable data. Those backups should be tested to ensure that they are working and that the files are up to date. Next, you have two choices. First, if your hardware permits it, you can simply upgrade your OS to Windows 10. This provides an easier transition without the need to purchase equipment. A heads-up: Some devices may have trouble with adequate performance and certain features in the newer OS.
Your second option is to take this opportunity and check out the latest PCs. Not only do are they faster than legacy machines due to new SSD (Solid State Drive) technologies and faster processors, they will ship with new warranties that will protect your investment for the years to come.
If your organization needs assistance with migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10, Revolution Networks is here to make the process safe and secure, and ensure it doesn’t interfere with your day-to-day productivity. Avoid losing critical support and encountering disruptions by reaching out to us today for a smooth, seamless transition.