Window’s 7’s Demise Is at Hand – Are You Ready?
Now’s the Time to Move to Windows 10
January 14 – it seems so far away, but it’ll be here before you know it. That’s the date Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. If you haven’t moved your business over to Windows 10 by then, you’ll be in trouble. Why? Because after January 14, Windows 7 will no longer be receiving critical security patches, leaving your network vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Despite this looming deadline, Windows 10 adoption is lagging behind where it should be. Forecasts predict only 75% of professional PCs will be running Windows 10 by 2021. Staying on Windows 7 after its end-of-life (EOL) date is a serious gamble. You’re putting your network, your critical data, and really your entire business at risk.
Tips to Help You Make the Transition to Windows 10
Migrate early to keep vulnerabilities at bay. Moving to Windows 10 isn’t something to leave to the last minute. This needs to be a priority for your IT team. Staying on top of changing tech not only better protects your network, but it can also put you ahead of your competitors in the eyes of your customers. Without current security patches, Windows 7 machines can become easy targets for cyberattacks.
Think ahead. The Windows 10 transition is a good time to update your PC hardware. However, the Intel chip shortage means fewer computers are available. The sooner you place your PC order, the better. Also, if you’re working with an IT company like ITP to do your migration, get on their project calendar early to ensure your transition is complete before January.
Have a plan. Treat your Windows 10 migration like any other project – identify where you want to end up and then map out everything that needs to be done to get you there. Do you want to migrate a large portion of your devices at once? Or would you rather spread out the migration over a longer period? Also, know your licensing situation before starting the transition.
Beware the grumpy employee. Leaving a few Windows 7 devices because some users are upset about switching to Windows 10 will only become a liability later on. Don’t leave loopholes that hackers can exploit. Whether you migrate all at once or in stages, be thorough and ensure all machines are running Windows 10. As for those grumpy employees, we offer training on how to use Microsoft tools like Windows 10 to their full potential.
Look into your legacy applications. Have legacy applications that don’t play nice with Windows 10? Again, leaving some devices running an older version of Windows for a legacy application is low-hanging fruit for hackers. Work with the application creators or an experienced IT consultancy like ITP to develop a solution.
Ask for help. A Windows 10 migration shouldn’t be a painful, lonely struggle. Talk to businesses you know that have already gone through the transition. Reach out to external experts for advice and guidance.
You can trust ITP as your Windows 10 migration partner. We’ll assist you every step of the way, from planning and testing through implementation and follow-up. Contact us today for a Windows 7 EOL Assessment to get the ball rolling on your Windows 10 migration.
Windows 10 Updates Calendar – Computerworld
Windows 7 End-of-Life: Are You Ready? – DarkReading
Windows 10 Migration: Getting It Right – DarkReading