On January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. This means computers running on this operating system will no longer receive performance or security updates that help protect from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Needless to say, this end-of-support is bad news for businesses and organizations with computers still running this soon-to-be-obsolete operating system.
Why you shouldn't wait until the last minute
Many with a fleet of computers find that some of their machines can be upgraded to Windows 10 while others need to be replaced. Athens Micro can help you determine a plan and timeline for upgrades and replacements, whether you have three computers or three hundred.
If you have any PC that is over 5 years old and still running Windows 7, you are usually better off -- both logistically and financially -- replacing it instead of attempting the upgrade to Windows 10. However, we do understand that there can be circumstances where a replacement is not possible. If you find that you need to upgrade an older machine to Windows 10, we'll help you ensure that the computer has the system requirements and current drivers to receive updates.
How to find out if you have an option for a free upgrade
Many users that have purchased computers in the last three years may be running Windows 7, but actually have rights to a Windows 10 license. When Windows 10 was new, many opted to downgrade to Windows 7 at the time of purchase. There were many reasons for doing so at the time, including the need to run software that was not ready for Windows 10 or a general preference for the Windows 7 interface. These computers simply need a re-activation and installation of the existing Windows 10 license. Athens Micro can help you determine whether you need to purchase Windows 10 licenses or not, and our Flat Fee IT Pro-Plus plan covers the labor to perform updates for either existing or newly purchased licenses.
What to do if you need more time to upgrade
Given the popularity of Windows 7 and the fact that it still powers millions of business machines around the world, Microsoft has decided to provide an option for those who need more time to upgrade. The Extended Security Updates program provides up to three years of critical and important security updates as a last resort to Professional- and Enterprise-edition customers. However, costs can go up to $200 per device for the third year.
If your business is running out of time and find that you’ll still be running Windows 7 on some machines after the Windows 7 end-of-support, you will still be able to operate. Computers running Windows 7 will still function after January 14th, 2020, just with greater vulnerability. Keeping security software and applications up to date, while also adopting a more skeptical approach to downloads and emails can help keep you protected until you are able to upgrade or replace your computers.
Time is of the essence, and upgrading your Windows 7 systems sooner rather than later is the way to go. You don’t have to do it alone. Athens Micro can help you take inventory of any of the items currently in your environment and assist you with a plan to either upgrade or replace them as needed. Call us today to get started.
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