Windows 7 officially reaches end-of-life in January 2020. So, if you’re one of the thousands of UK businesses still using it, now’s the time to upgrade – or you could be issuing an open invitation to cybercriminals.
While your PCs won’t suddenly stop working, from January 14 Microsoft will stop updating or supporting your operating system, meaning that automatic security and bug fixes will end, making it increasingly costly to maintain and vulnerable to attack.
And you can guarantee that cybercriminals will be targeting Windows 7 users after January 14, because they know that their defences are down.
If you haven’t already, my advice is to start planning now to upgrade to Windows 10 and make the switch well before the January deadline. This way you’ll avoid any period where you’re not supported and the associated risks.
While Windows 10 isn’t right for everyone, there are many advantages of upgrading from 7 to 10:
- It’s simple, with a minimum of disruption – in most cases, you can keep your files and software on your existing PC
- Many programs you use will already have been updated to work on Windows 10, so you can just carry on as normal
- Although the layout and interface is different with a little patience you’ll be able to transition and use it relatively easily
- There are many great additional features and functionality on Windows 10 that will be a big help for your business, such as the Cortana virtual assistant and enhanced security
- Support for Windows 10 is expected to run until at least 2025, so a small investment now will provide peace of mind for the next five years or more.
So, if you’ve decided to go-ahead and upgrade, here are just a few things to bear in mind:
- You’ll need to calculate how many users you have and how many licences you need
- While Windows 10 will run perfectly happily on most existing hardware, it may struggle on older machines, so now may be the time to upgrade some of your hardware too
- Although as mentioned earlier, most software has been updated to enable it to run on Windows 10 you will need to check that this is the case with all the software you use before going ahead
- Once you’ve established what you require, you’ll need to identify a budget and potentially look into financing options
- Time, resource and investment will be required but upgrading will almost certainly bring productivity and business efficiency benefits, which will deliver a fast return on your investment.
If you’re still using Windows 7 and would like to discuss your options and find out how we can help you, leave a message here and mention Windows 7 upgrade and we’ll get back to you or call our friendly team on 03300 886116.
Managing Director, The PC Support Group