Microsoft ending extended support for Windows 7 will leave organisations on the OS vulnerable to cyber-attacks as there will be no patches covering the OS from new viruses or further IT security problems.
While you can use Windows 7 after the 14th January, you must be aware that you’re opening the doors to hackers. Not ideal.
So how can you prepare for the Windows 7 End of Life?
Get a New OS
Moving to Linux, macOS or Windows 10 will protect your office technology from viruses and phishing schemes.
While Linux is free and frequently updated, it's vastly different from Windows 7 so staff could struggle with the changes.
MacOS is simple to use and popular with creatives, but it only works on Apple computers. Changing to macOS will require a brand new fleet of computers.
ITEC believes upgrading to Windows 10 is the simplest step to prepare for Windows 7 End of Life
Why Upgrade to Windows 10?
Both OSs are developed by Microsoft, so upgrading comes with minimum disruption. A similar interface reduces the need for change management (and the accompanying fees), and staff should pick things up quickly.
How Will Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Impact Software?
Many of your programmes, including Office 365, will need updating. However, Windows 10 is the world’s most popular operating system and the majority of applications, software and IT security have improved versions on the new OS.
Windows 10 Licenses
Windows 10 licenses can be spread across multiple computers, preparing the whole office for Window 7's End of Life.
(Maybe) Get New Hardware
As Microsoft released Windows 7 in the noughties, some compatible hardware will soon be obsolete.
The minimum specifications to run Windows 10 are:
Processor: 1 GHz or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit
Hard disk Space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later
If your computers don’t match these specifications, you can either replace the parts or buy new hardware. It might be more expensive to get a new fleet of computers, but they’ll be ready for new software updates.
However, as you've probably replaced some devices over the years, you should need to replace less computers than if you switched to macOS. Come on, use Windows 7’s End of Life to invest in your technology stack and get snazzy new laptops.
ITEC Can Help
ITEC is a Microsoft-approved partner and will help you handle the Windows 7 End of Life with the most up-to-date versions of Windows 10 and Office 365.