If you are still hanging onto Windows 7 or earlier versions, now is the time to make plans to migrate to Windows 10. When Windows 10 was introduced in 2015, some users were skeptical about its ability to provide better features and security than the OS that came before. Since then Microsoft has continued to improve Windows 10 and now they are prepared to nudge older system users to update soon, or risk being left behind.
On January 14, 2020, tech support for Windows 7 will cease to exist except for large corporations that are willing to pay the inflated price tag. This also means no more security updates and patches for Windows 7. This will leave your business vulnerable, as hackers will be targeting Windows 7 users; knowing full well that the security features are weaker.
If the lack of support does not phase or alarm you, let us enumerate exactly what that means in the practical world of IT. Even though 10-year-old Windows 7 still has a fairly strong user base, it was not developed for today’s security issues or to properly run more powerful software programs.
Think about the negative consequences that continued Windows 7 use on your company’s network could cause. If your client information is stored on a server still using Windows 7, are you willing to accept the responsibility for hacks, viruses, or other security problems that will arise?
Malicious users are poised to attack Windows 7 users knowing that vulnerabilities will be forthcoming due to the lack of available fixes and patches in 2020 and beyond. Face it, there are emerging threats arising daily, and they will always seek the path of least resistance – the weakest links – in this case, unsupported Windows 7 users.
If you are one of those IT or business executives who want to stay with Windows 7 and think it’s easy to dodge potential network disasters, we encourage and recommend taking a detailed internal risk assessment so you can see for yourself.
This checklist will help:
- How many Windows 7 devices are on-site?
- What are the risks involved in your Windows 7 infrastructure? Now that you have taken inventory of all installations, risks will become more apparent.
- For each installation, determine whether Windows 7 is exposed to the public internet or running in an isolated, internal situation. Obviously, the latter poses fewer risks.
- Make a list of the specific tasks each Windows 7 system is being used for and determine whether the tasks are sensitive or not.
- If any of the installations have a direct connection to sensitive customer information that information will be at risk for becoming exposed.
- If any Windows 7 users deal with privileged information or if the security team is using the 7 OS, the information that is meant to be protected will be at risk.
- If this comprehensive exercise results in any potential risks, change your operating system to Windows 10. It will be the smartest move. Develop a plan to migrate over, starting with the CPUs that require the highest levels of security
Don’t Get Left Behind
We’ve noticed that the one thing that seems to hold back companies from making changes in their technology is fear…
- Fear that it will take too long and cost too much.
- Fear that it is too much trouble for employees to adapt to a new operating system.
The solution to these fears is simple. Once you understand that Windows 10 is here to stay, is user-friendly, and an organized migration plan can be easily accomplished, those fears will dissolve. In fact, it may be the best IT move you will make for 2020. Migrating over to a new operating system is not disruptive when handled systematically. Our migration plans are developed in conjunction with your IT manager, so they can be implemented as the company schedule deems ideal.
MicroAge NWD – Migration Specialists
If you are not tech-savvy, you will not want to attempt a Windows 10 migration without expert help, particularly if several installations are involved. This might also be the perfect time to implement cloud solutions that can provide an additional layer of security. Our team is experienced in operating system migrations and can accomplish this important project quickly, once we determine whether your system has the Windows 10 system requirements.
The best way to get started is to schedule a consultation when we can learn more about your current network and tech issues. We can then develop a migration plan along with any additional solutions that are necessary. We would be pleased to help and invite you to join us for a free consultation at your convenience. To schedule – call toll-free at 1-866-427-6243 or contact us here.