One of the most popular operating system ever, Windows 7, is about to reach the end of its long life span. Microsoft ended it’s normal support for the widely used operating system on January 13th 2015 in an effort to persuade users to switch to their latest version, Windows 10. Although normal support was ended over 4 years ago, extended support has continued for by providing critical updates. The software company has recently announced that it STOP supporting this OS all together in January 2020. This was known as “extended support”.
You can read the Official Microsoft announcement here.
What does the end of Microsoft support for Windows 7 mean?
Microsoft will NO LONGER release security patches, bug fixes and feature enhancements for Windows 7. Also should you require phone support via the MS Support line, the technician will NOT provide any assistance to you without the additional paid support that is only offered to Enterprise Customers.
How does this affect you/your business?
If you or your business is still using Windows 7 and I know most of you are, you will need to upgrade to the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system. This is no easy task, especially if you don’t work with it everyday like we do.
Below are several things to consider before taking the leap and upgrading your system.
Windows 7 & Windows 10 FAQ’s
When Microsoft ends Windows 7 support, they will NO LONGER release any updates or security patches for the operating system. This is a REALLY BIG DEAL!
Hackers and online thieves will use this opportunity to devise new exploits in the operating system and use them to gain access to your computer systems. With this access, they will easily be able to steal the users and or businesses information. They can even employ a virtually wide open door to hijack the resources of your computer and use it for their own personal tasks such as sending spam, running virus scripts and even mining Bitcoin.
Microsoft strongly recommends that you upgrade/move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you are in need of service or support that is no longer available.
Even if you have anti-virus software installed, you protection is limited. Most of you have a small business network firewall that provide parameter protection, but since there are not more security patches going forward, there will be a vital layer of protection that will be missing.
This will be exploited by an end user error. All it will take is for someone to click on the wrong link or visit a website that has already been exploited and it will be too late.
The answer to this is yes but.... If your computer is over 4 years old, you will probably want to replace it with a device that is designed to run Windows 10.
The Windows 10 Operating system is more resource intensive and requires more RAM and BUS speeds to run seamlessly. If you choose upgrade your current equipment to Windows 10, efficiency and moral will suffer. You and your employees will become frustrated due to the noticeable slower computers. Here it comes down to what is your time and the time of your employees worth?
If your hardware is newer and Windows 10 certified/capable , then yes you can upgrade.
That depends. Are you running a current version of Windows 7 Pro? If you are - we can transfer that license over to the Windows 10 Upgrade.
If you are not - then you must purchase a NEW Windows 10 license and that will cost about $189.99 per device. (See link below)
It will take approx 2 to 3 hours to perform the upgrade and then configuring your current software to ensure it runs smoothly if it is Windows 10 certified/capable also.
(Note - there is a good chance you will have to upgrade your business software to be compatible with Windows 10 and there might be a charge for these newer versions as well.)
This is very time consuming so before choosing this method, make sure to build it into your IT budget.
You will need to do your research. All business applications are different and it is up to their developers as to what operating system it runs on and if it will need to be updated to a new version.
If you are running outdated software then there probably will be a cost to upgrade. This cost will be determined by the software company that built it.
Buying New hardware (desktop) will run around $500 to $800 per device.
The cost to setup and transfer applications and files over around can be figured at $200 per device.
As stated earlier, the license for Windows 10 is around $189.99 per device.
If you are upgrading the OS and business applications, then you can plan to spend anywhere from $200 on up plus the cost of the OS. (depending on business software configurations)
As a business owner, you must take into consideration the risks of NOT upgrading.
You may be one of the lucky ones. Nothing happens. Your desktops runs smoothly and no viruses or data encrypted ransomware takes over your desktop.
Your users/employees understand the risks of NOT clicking links in emails or opening up attachments and or clicking links out on websites.
If you are NOT one of the lucky ones, though, your desktop becomes infected, user/company/client information is stolen and sold to the highest bidder on the dark web. Your company becomes tied up in litigation with people who’s identities have been stolen. The media finds out, and the company's reputation is ruined.
Customers lose trust your business. Between the loss of revenue and legal fees the company drowns in debt and so on from there.
In short, it is really not worth the risk.
We have taken the time to provide viable hardware solutions that can be purchased right from Amazon. To the right are some of the devices that we have spec'ed out personally. These devices came back from a lease of major company and then have completely been gone through and certified as refurbished.
Windows 10 Pro, 8 GIG RAM and an i5 processor will be the absolute minimum we would recommend. We highly recommend a Solid State Drive (SSD) for Windows 10 hardware to stop the hard drive reads/wrights that cause performance issues with the hardware itself and frustrations with your user base.
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