At this point in the game, you know that Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Server 2008. Hopefully, you are at least mentally prepared to migrate to Windows 10. Of course, after January 14, 2020, your computers will work just fine.
However, just because your computer will function doesn’t mean it’s wise to hold onto outdated software.
Why Not Use Outdated Software?
Security is the biggest concern for Windows 7 users. Without support and updates, your device(s) will be highly vulnerable to Cyber Attacks. Actually, this is a hackers dream.
Your Windows 7 and 2008 Server is about to be a hackers dream and your worst nightmare.
Data Cube Systems
Windows 7 and server 2008 have been in ‘extended support’ since 2015. Microsoft ended mainstream support including new features and warranty claims. Yet, throughout this time, Windows has kept virus patches and security bug fixes up to date. With End of Life, that will go away.
2020 is projected to be a big year in regards to Cybersecurity. You definitely do not want to be the business operating with outdated and unsupported software.
What Are Your Options?
OPTION ONE – The Cheap… Upgrade to Windows 8. That is not what we at Data Cube suggest at all. Though it is a newer version, it’ll only be a short matter of time before you need to migrate all over again as it was released in 2012. In case you didn’t know, it was widely hated when it was released. If you want increased frustration, Windows 8 is the way to go.
OPTION TWO – The Best… Transition to Windows 10. 10 has better security and speed. Not to mention, it is an interface that you are familiar with already. If you’re a fan of Windows 7, Windows 10 will be a welcome update.
OPTION THREE – Time Consuming… Although you probably don’t have time to do this, you could switch to a Linux system. It is free! If you like to tinker, learn new systems, and research, it is an option.
OPTION FOUR – The Expensive… You could switch to an Apple environment. However, Apple products are usually more expensive and you will most likely have to re-purchase some of your business applications.
It’s Not Too Late!
You need to work with your IT company ASAP. A good IT company will take a look at the devices you are using, determine how many are utilizing Windows 7, and ensure your hardware isn’t out of date.
Unfortunately, not all computers will be able to handle a new operating system. This could impede your migration. However, your IT company should provide a recommended path for an upgrade with a clear budget and timeline for completion.
Of course, you can talk to us, if you need advice and or help.
Do It Yourself
You can do the migration yourself if you own the equipment and handle IT in-house. If that’s the case, you should get started now.
If you run into trouble, it is most likely coming from a vendor who has incompatibility issues with Windows 10. You will need to contact them directly as this isn’t a Microsoft issue. Rest assured though, Windows 10 is compatible with nearly every PC out there.
When you have the vendor issue handled, upgrading from 7 to 10 is as simple as running the ISO file from Microsoft.com, from a USB, or DVD. The bad news is that it will take a significant amount of time to update every PC in your company. Be prepared for a backlog of at Microsoft customer support.
A significant portion of the PCs in the world operate on Windows 7. Because of that, you can be assured that others will have issues migrating and need support too. It is something to be aware of.
If You Have A Managed Service Provider
If you partner with a Managed Service Provider, you should be just fine. In fact, you likely already have a plan in place from your most recent business review.
Hopefully, your IT company has already ensured software compatibility with all of your line of business applications and made contact with any necessary vendors and scheduled a time with you to come out and run the update once they’re sure everything will go smoothly.
Now is a great opportunity to consider any hardware upgrades you might need. Any PCs you purchase will come pre-installed with Windows 10, and shouldn’t need any upgrades for about three years. The best part of it – you have to do nothing. No downtime for your business, no extra IT work for you, and no worries.
Whether you are on a fully managed plan or a break/fix model, your IT company should have everything handled.
Get In Touch Soon!
Happy New Year – Time For a ChangeDid you have intentions to take care of this on your own, but now you are looking at the New Year and you’ve made little to no progress?
Did you jump into migration only to come across some serious issues?
Do you have questions on best practices for migrating your Windows 7 and 2008 servers?
Did you have intentions to take care of it on your own, only to realize that it was going to be way too time-consuming?
We’ve been serving Orlando for over 15 years and we would love to help your company too. We are still taking appointments and can guide you through this process. We’ll make sure that you are taken care of through Windows 7 end of life and well beyond.