Are You Prepared For the End of Windows 7 Support?

While Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13 2015, extended support for Windows 7 will end in January 2020.

A survey by content delivery platform Kollective revealed that out of 260 businesses in the UK and US, two-thirds haven’t developed a strategy to migrate to Windows 10, while a fifth of those questioned didn’t even know Microsoft was withdrawing support.

Jon O’Connor, solution architect at Kollective said, “It took many businesses upwards of three years to transition from Windows XP to Windows 7. Although Microsoft has since streamlined the process, we are expecting similar migration timelines for Windows 10.”

What does this mean for by business?

As Microsoft will no longer issue security patches to its older operating systems once support officially ends, companies still using Windows 7 will face security issues.

Businesses are already struggling to protect themselves from today’s growing cyber threats and by using outdated software, this challenge will become more difficult.

What should I do next?

A report by State of Software Delivery found that 24% of businesses have said they will leave it up to their employees to install major updates, while 6% of companies aren’t planning to migrate away from Windows 7 at all.

We strongly recommend deploying a strategy to migrate your operating system with your internal IT team, or, if you don’t have a dedicated IT department, outsourcing an IT company to migrate for you.

There are a couple of different options to upgrade;

1. Purchase a Windows 10 license and install on your PC if it meets the following requirements;

Required processor 1GHz processor or faster
Required memory 1GB RAM for 32-bit; 2GB for 64-bit
Required hard disk space Up to 20GB available hard disk space
Required video card 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher.
DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Required connectivity Internet access (fees may apply)

2. If your current PC estate is 4+ years old, it may be worth reviewing your estate. Stephens IT can provide a financing option for new hardware purchases. Contact us to find out more.