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Jan 3 2019 | Anne Edwards

2019 – the year to upgrade from Windows 7

Happy New Year! We hope that all our readers enjoyed the festive break, and as we return to work for another year, thoughts will be turning to business plans for the 12 months ahead. Don’t forget your technology when making those plans, and this year, Windows 7 is topical.

Back in July 2009, Microsoft launched its Windows 7 Operating System. It will therefore be 10 years old this summer, which is very old in technology terms!

For the last four years, mainstream support has no longer been available for Windows 7. It has been on “extended support”, which means that Microsoft is only rolling out security updates and fixes for major bugs.

A year from now (14th January 2020 to be precise) support for Windows 7 will be ended completely.

If your business has any computers which are operating on Windows 7, you should be making some changes this year. Although you still have a year until support ends, there are a number of reasons for taking action sooner rather than later:

  • Microsoft warns that Windows 7 can’t keep up with all of today’s cyber security threats.
  • Newer Operating Systems – such as Windows 10 – can support many more of today’s applications and have a broader range of security features.
  • Many computers which are running on Windows 7 are old themselves, which means they could be slowing down some aspects of productivity within your business.
  • If that leads you to decide to replace hardware this year, then you may wish to plan this in advance, in line with your annual budgets.

If hardware replacement is not part of the plan, the alternative is to upgrade a Windows 7 machine to Windows 10. This is a relatively straightforward exercise – however, before switching to an upgraded Operating System, it is important to consider all the software packages that you use within your business, and to ensure that they will be compatible.

More and more software is now fully integrated with Windows 10, but some industry-specific applications may not be – especially if you are using one of their older versions.

For help in assessing software compatibility, upgrading or replacing workstations, please contact us.