It’s time to say goodbye to Windows 7. The nearly nine-year-old OS’s life is coming to an end. Microsoft is set to end extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.
Windows 7 “end of life” means that Microsoft will no longer offer free bug fixes and security patches.
If your business still operates on Windows 7, it’s time to upgrade.
But before you begin to panic. Stop.
In today’s blog post, I’m going to go over frequently asked questions about upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
What does the end of Windows 7 mean for small business?
If your small business still relies on Windows 7. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Windows 7 is a popular operating system.
But its life is coming to an end. Microsoft is officially pulling the plug on Windows 7 updates on January 14, 2020. That’s bad news because there have been vulnerabilities found in the OS.
Patches keep your small business’s network safe from cyber-attacks and security threats. Without new Windows 7 patches, your entire network is at risk.
So, now is the time to determine a plan to get off Windows 7.
Will my Window 7 computers still work after January 14, 2020?
Yes, your Windows 7 computers will still work. But keep in mind, you will be vulnerable to exploits and bugs after January 14, 2020.
Do I have to switch to Windows 10?
It’s in your best interest to switch over to Windows 10. Windows 7 does not meet the requirements of modern technology and security.
Windows 10 is better for business, too. The newer OS follows a new policy for sustainability known as Windows as a Service (WaaS). This policy incorporates continuous updates and support for Windows 10.
Once you switch to Windows 10, your business will remain up-to-date with the latest patches. WaaS assures a smooth transition between iterations of a single operating system.
So, the headache you’re experiencing right now from switching from Windows 7 to 10 will be a thing of the past. WaaS’s incremental updates will happen behind the scenes without a major upheaval to your business’ systems.
Is it just an easy click of a button? Why is upgrading a big deal?
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Businesses should navigate the impending deadline with careful planning. Let your IT department or MSP handle the upgrading process.
For a smooth transition, your IT guys should examine your company’s current infrastructure. They should then identify which machines need the update.
PS: Don’t sit on this. The sooner you begin this process, the more strategic you can be in terms of budgeting and meeting the January 14, 2020 deadline.
It’s time to prepare for the end of Windows 7.
Still in a panic about saying goodbye to Windows 7. If your IT team or MSP are not up for the task, MRW Systems can help transition your business over to Windows 10. The end of Windows 7 doesn’t have to derail you–it can be an opportunity to move your business forward with better technology.
If you need help, please feel free give us a call at 410-751-7111. We can set you up with a consultation to get your business on track.