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It’s time to say goodbye to Windows 7. For that matter, it’s also time to upgrade from Windows Server 2008 and Windows Small Business Server 2011. What do you need to know and do? We’ll tell you here.
Windows 10 has been out for several years, but many businesses in and around Peoria, IL, have yet to upgrade. However, all good things come to an end, and the end is coming soon for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Small Business Server 2011. It’s time to budget for the transition and upgrade now.
Mainstream support for these products ended on January 2015. Typically, Microsoft continues to provide extended support for five years after mainstream support has ended. This means that extended support will end in January 2020. But you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to act.
When extended support ends, Microsoft will no longer support your operating system with any type of patches. This means that your computer will be at risk and dangerous to use — Hackers and cybercriminals are targeting old systems that are still being used. This means that your computer and IT system will be a target.
Plus, your computer and IT system won’t be reliable. If you wait to upgrade:
Computer manufacturers will no longer support Windows 7. This means:
All of this will take place over time.
It’s not too early to update to Windows 10. Just be sure that your hardware will support it. If you’re using Windows 7, getting a new device with the Windows 10 operating system is recommended.
Total cost of ownership studies shows that it’s wise to replace your computers at least every four years. Today’s computers are faster, more powerful and durable.
Newer computers also have longer battery life and provide increased security. Modern machines are typically less expensive than they were 8 years ago.
Upgrading from Window 7 to Windows 10:
You can also benefit from access to features that Windows 7 doesn’t provide:
There are RunTime apps for Mail, Photos, Maps, Calendar, Groove Music and more. And you can easily download any of the 700,000 applications from the Windows Store. Enjoy apps like:
Whether you upgrade now is up to you. You can get a tax break and write-offs if you upgrade before the year ends. If you need more time to budget, make this a priority. Remember, you have just over one year to figure out your best plan of action. January 2020 will be here before you know it.
You’ll probably find that the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will be easier than you think. Sure, there are some changes, and it does look different. But at the end of the day, it’s still Windows.
It’s important that you budget for the changes needed. Whether you upgrade your existing computer or replace it, we can make recommendations and help you every step of the way.
No matter what you do or when, make sure to set up an appointment now so we can look at how you use your computer and what programs you need. We can check to make sure everything is compatible, find viable workarounds if necessary, and let you know if anything needs to be replaced before you upgrade.
No matter what, you’ll have to do something by 2020. If you don’t, you could put your company’s data at risk by operating a system that becomes less secure with each passing day.
Every Windows operating system has a lifecycle. We’ll keep you updated on essential lifecycle dates. And, we can help you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software or hardware.
Contact the team at ClearPath IT Solutions In Morton, IL. Whether you work in healthcare, law, financial services or any other business in or near the Peoria Metro Area, we can answer your questions about Windows 10 and other Microsoft products.
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