How to Prepare for Windows 7 End of Life

Henry Bevan, January 8, 2020

On the 14th January, Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows 7 operating system (OS). Follow these tips to make sure your organisation is ready for Windows 7 End of Life.

After a decade of popularity, the Windows 7 End of Life has arrived.

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

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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?

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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

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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
  • Display: 800x600

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.

As a Managed IT Service Provider, we can also protect your organisation with the latest firewalls and IT security tools.

 

If the Windows 7 End of Life is putting your organisation at risk, get in touch with your local account management team before 14th January...

 

 

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