Here's What Will Happen If You Ignore Windows 7 End of Life

December 10, 2019

Microsoft is officially ending support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. After that date, the popular operating system will no longer receive new patches or security updates. Businesses still running Windows 7 should start planning their migration to the newest version of Windows as soon as possible.

There are two major ways that Windows 7 will become a liability in 2020:

Increased Cybersecurity Vulnerability

It is a struggle to stay ahead of the latest hacking techniques and malware. Cyber crime is evolving quickly. Without support from the Microsoft team, your network and computers will be open to intrusion by ransomware and hackers. That’s exactly how WannaCry, the most successful ransomware of 2018 was able to spread.

This problem is even more critical in regulated industries like healthcare and banking. Running an out-of-date operating system could be considered a failure of the company’s legal obligation to its clients.

Compatibility Problems and Network Downtime

Computers running Windows 7 after its January end of life date will eventually become unstable. This instability may take the form of malfunctioning software, system crashes, or data loss, depending on the specifics of your network infrastructure. These incompatibilities become particularly serious in organizations with large or complex networks.

Windows 10 - More Power and a Superior User Experience

Migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10 offers a range of important benefits, providing extra incentive.

  • Improved User Experience - Windows 10 provides a faster, more efficient user experience without upgrading hardware. This helps to improve productivity and adaptability.
  • Better Integration of Mobile and Cloud Computing - Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, and SharePoint have been deeply integrated into Windows 10, offering strong security and mobility.
  • Single User Interface (UI) for All Devices - Users will have the same Windows 10 experience on a PC, laptop, or mobile phone. This helps foster a positive response, and also decrease support issues.

Things to Consider Before Your Windows 10 Migration

Complications happen during Windows migrations. From compatibility issues with older hardware or line of business specific equipment, to system and/or user profile corruption.

Several things should be considered before migrating to Windows 10:

  • Who will be the point person responsible for the migration?
  • Which devices may have compatibility issues?
  • Can your system handle Windows 10?
  • How will you transfer your files?
  • Who supports software compatibility issues?
  • Who will support user issues?
  • Do you have a backup of all data?

Techmedics- Your Windows 7 Migration Experts

Successfully upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 involves careful analysis, planning, and testing. Because the migration process can be complex, most businesses enlist the help of a technology partner like Techmedics.

The Techmedics team has a documented process for helping businesses upgrade operating systems and a team of passionate, skilled engineers to make sure the process is completed with minimal interruption to your operations. For the last 20 years, our team has managed Microsoft migrations and upgrades. Starting from Windows 3.x to the latest Windows 10.

If you’re a business that’s still running Windows 7, the time to upgrade is now! Contact the Techmedics team to find out more about how we can help make your Windows 10 migration a painless one.

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