Mark your calendars for Jan 14th, 2020!
Why is this date important?
Microsoft will discontinue support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 products.
So what’s the big deal?”
Well, there are two reasons why businesses and desktop users in general need to pay attention.
- If you are using a desktop computer in your business, there is a good bet it came pre-installed with a Windows operating system. Microsoft has the corner on the PC market in the US (laptops and mobile devices are another story)
- When Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7 and Server 2008, it means that they will no longer patch or fix cyber security breaches. This leaves a very large vulnerability for those using outdated versions of Windows.
Banks and other financial entities are starting to notify customers that they will no longer support transactions from Windows 7 computers.
At this point there is no free and legal Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade path available. You have a few ways to upgrade from Windows 7. You can buy Windows 10 Professional and install it on the existing Windows 7 computer to perform an “in-pace” upgrade to the Windows OS. You must have a legally authorized and activated copy of Windows 7 to attempt this method and the computer must also meet Windows 10 Professional hardware requirements.
Another consideration is the computer itself. This may be a good time to upgrade your computers. The refurbished market is filled with 1 and 2 year old machines with Windows 10 already installed and at prices comparable to the price of Windows 10. Using a computer with Windows 10 pre-installed saves time and cost in the upgrade process.
We have been using refurbished Dell and HP computers over the last few years and with good results. They will have a one year warranty. We can find these with Windows 10 Pro already installed for the same price Microsoft gets for Windows 10 Pro. So, we can find a newer (lately units of 2018 manufacture) computer for the price of the Windows 10 pro Operating System. The computers will have i5 or i7 CPUs, 250GB to 500GB drives and 8 GB of memory. You should experience faster and better overall performance across your network.
We can help you migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Pro and will give you an estimate for your particular office or need.— October 25, 2019