As we’re nearing the end of 2019, your team is likely focused on hitting your goals for the year, but it’s important that you take an inventory of any computers that are still running Windows 7. Windows 7 is still powering countless computers around the world, but at the end of 2019 Microsoft is set to end support for Windows 7. This means that it’s imperative that you upgrade any machines running Windows 7 to Windows 10 before the end of the year.
Officially, Windows 7 will reach end of life on January 14, 2020. This means that Microsoft will no longer release security patches, bug fixes or new functionality. In case you’re not aware, hackers often target these older operating systems because they’re not updated with the latest security patches to prevent viruses and malware attacks.
You’ll want to first take an assessment of any machines in your office that are still running Windows 7. When you identify these machines, you’ll then need to determine if they’re capable of running Windows 10. If they are then you should have your IT team upgrade them as soon as possible. If the machines do not have sufficient hardware to be upgraded to Windows 10 then it may be time to look at replacing them or phasing them out.
While the end of the year may seem like it’s several months away, the reality is that the last few months of the year tend to fly by! Remember that with holidays approaching you only have a limited amount of time before the end of the year. Don’t make the mistake of putting off these upgrades until it’s too late. Plan forward and work with your Upstate IT team or Managed IT Services Provider to help plan accordingly.
If you feel moving to Windows 10 is too big of a job for your IT team, don’t hesitate to reach out to Unified Network Group today. We can help to put together a plan that will easily transition you and your team to Windows 10, a much more robust and secure operating system that should protect your company from cyber threats. To learn more about our wide range of managed IT services, don’t hesitate to reach us by email or phone at 864-278-0202.