Still using Windows 7?

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Windows 7 was one of Microsoft’s best-loved computing operating systems and is still widely used.

As of August 2018, 26.65% of the UK market was still using Windows 7 (http://gs.statcounter.com)

Windows 7 end of life

Did you know that support for Windows 7 will end in January 2020? Which means Microsoft will no longer provide any updates or support for devices running Windows 7 operating systems.

While computers will still work, users will be vulnerable to exploits and bugs. Microsoft strongly recommend that you move to Windows 10 before the end of life to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.

Why should you think about upgrading?

If you’re using an older operating system, such as Windows 7 the security features will be outdated, which means increased risk. Microsoft says there's been a 400% rise in ransomware encounters affecting Windows since 2015, and older versions of Windows are more exposed to it and more prone to infection after an encounter.

Microsoft released a statement saying that Windows 7: 

"does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments" (Markus Nitschke, Head of Windows at Microsoft Germany)

Benefits of Windows 10

Designed with business users in mind Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest operating system, if you’d like to know more about the benefits it can bring take a look at our blog article 

Why are businesses slow to upgrade?

There can be many reasons why a business may be slow to upgrade but the main reasons are likely to be the cost and the required work to update and upgrade computers, particularly for SMEs.

In many cases they are running legacy systems or software that relies on an older operating system. Older hardware and equipment may be in use that simply cannot handle the system requirements needed for an upgrade.

There is also the issue of training employees to use the new system, which takes time and can incur costs. All of these factors can place a significant burden on the resources of a small or midsize business.

This is why software manufacturers warn users in advance so that businesses can make plans to upgrade. Examining your company’s current infrastructure and identifying what you will need to update will help you to create a plan for a smooth transition. The sooner you begin this process the more strategic you can be in terms of budgeting.

How can I prepare?

Upgrading to a new operating system takes time and careful planning, particularly if you have numerous machines and systems.

A smooth and successful transition to a new operating system requires you to:

  • Identify machines that need to be upgraded or replaced
  • Identify and consider replacing legacy systems using older operating systems and/or software with updated technology
  • Develop a timeline and budget for upgrades and replacements
  • Implement security controls to separate critical systems from Windows 7 machines that cannot be upgraded or removed
  • Plan for employee training to learn the new system

How can we help?

If your business is still using Windows 7, it would be wise to begin planning for its end of life. Genesis can assist you in your planning and help you create a schedule for the changeover. We can ensure a smooth transition to a more modern operating system.

Contact us to get started!