Get Ready for Windows 7 End-of-Life (EOL) Last Call!

When 2020 arrives, the New Year will be ringing in more than the change to a new decade. It will also be harkening the end of the Windows 7 end of life operating system. 

Windows 7 reaches its EOL date on January 14, 2020 and for anyone that’s still running the operating system it means a need to urgently upgrade within the next few weeks.

 Get Ready for Windows 7 End-of-Life (EOL)… Last Call!

Once a Windows operating system reaches the end of Extended Support (i.e. the EOL). That means the end of all support, both feature support and vital security patches and updates.

Which leaves all devices still using the operating system and the network they’re connected to vulnerable to a data breach.

Even if you’re using managed IT security for automated patch updates, once a system reaches the end of life, they’re no longer available to be applied.

It’s Time to Upgrade!

This year, Windows 10 has seen a steady increase in users as people have upgraded from Windows 7. But there are currently still nearly 1/3 of them that have yet to make the switch, and time is running out.

As of October 2019, 28% of Windows users are still running Windows 7.

Read on to learn what your options are and why it’s important to upgrade now before the EOL date arrives in January.

Why Is it Important to Upgrade from Windows 7?

While security is the main reason to upgrade before an operating system is put out to pasture. There are also other important considerations that make an upgrade necessary to your continued business growth and continuity.

Here are the reasons it’s important to upgrade to Windows 10 by January 14, 2020.

IT Security

Nearly 60% of companies that have suffered data breaches in the past two years found that the reason was unpatched vulnerabilities. 

Remember that large Equifax data breach that happened a couple of years ago and exposed the data 147 million people. That was due to a software patch that was never applied but had come out two months prior to the breach.

Security updates are critical to the continued security of a device. Network and the data they protect, which is why it’s vital to always ensure your operating system is being supported. And patches and updates applied in a timely manner.

Software Advances

Once an OS reaches EOL, software developers are going to being leaving it out of their upgrades and enhancements. That means a software you currently use. May not work with your computer in the future because they’ve put out an update that’s not compatible with the older operating system.

That means you and your team aren’t able to take advantage of new features that could enhance productivity and make your work easier.

Hardware Incompatibilities

Just like software developers are looking ahead and not behind when looking at operating system compatibility. The same is true of hardware manufacturers. You may find that things like printers, scanners, credit card readers. And other hardware may not be compatible with Window 7 over time.

What Are My Upgrade Options for Windows 10?

An upgrade to Windows 10 will not only ensure you don’t suffer a lapse in security or compliance with any data security regulations. You may also find that this OS is a big step up in user features and productivity.

Overall, it’s been very well received and is currently the most used operating system in the world.

Some of the things you’ll want to consider when upgrading include:

  • Whether your device meets the system requirements for Windows 10
  • Migration of data if you’re replacing devices
  • Scheduling of any IT assistance for the upgrade
  • Decommissioning of any older devices

Here are your options for upgrading before the deadline.

Standard Upgrade

You can purchase Windows 10 for each device needing an upgrade. After ensuring it meets the minimum requirements. This means purchasing a copy for each device separately.

Upgrade through Microsoft 365

If you upgrade from Office 365 to Microsoft 365. You can upgrade your devices to Windows 10 for free because it comes with the subscription service. Microsoft 365 includes:

  • Windows 10
  • Office 365
  • Microsoft Intune (mobile device management)
  • Additional security features

Purchase the Extended Security Update (ESU) Program

As a “last resort option” for users that still need to use Windows 7 after the EOL date and can’t get upgraded in time. Microsoft is offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program.

This program includes critical and/or important security updates for a maximum of three years. After Windows 7 has reached the end of Extended Support.

Migrate to Windows Virtual Desktop

If you’re ready to make a switch to Azure cloud hosted workspace environments. You can migrate to a Windows Virtual Desktop.

Which will either allow you to upgrade to Windows 10 or have a little more time to switch from Windows 7. It includes Microsoft’s Extended Security Update (ESU) program at no additional charge. 

Need Help with a Speedy and Smooth Upgrade to Windows 10?

If you still have some computers at your office using Windows 7. You don’t have to panic, but you do need to make some quick decisions.

RCOR can handle a smooth upgrade to Windows 10 before Windows 7 reaches end-of-life. And ensure your network stays secure.

Schedule a free consultation today by calling 919-263-5570 or reaching out online.