Support for Windows 7 goes up in Smoke
In insight / By Frank Ashworth / 04 November 2019
Windows 7 has been a firm favourite in many organisations since its release in 2009, earning its place as one of the most successful Windows operating systems ever. However, earlier in 2019 Microsoft announced that support for Windows 7 was ending, and that end is now fast approaching.
If you’ve already taken on Microsoft’s recommendation to upgrade to Windows 10, then great! If not, continue reading and we’ll talk you through some of the options you should consider ensure your business isn’t vulnerable to potential security and compliance risks.
When is Support for Windows 7 Going End of Life?
On January 14th 2020, all security updates, software updates, bug fixes and technical support for Windows 7 will no longer be available. This means that if you continue to use this operating system, your business and end users will be placed at significantly increased risk as it's not a case of if, but when flaws in Windows 7 are exploited.
Previous experience demonstrates that end of life status on Microsoft products is a cause for concern. As of the January deadline, all security patches and updates are stopped, however the product itself will continue to function which can often lure users into a false sense of security that it’s safe to continue using it. This ultimately leaves many IT departments with an estate full of devices that, unless planned for retirement, will continue to be used, putting your organisation at serious risk of security or compliance breaches on a daily basis. If you have been unfortunate enough to be the victim of a security breach in the past, read our blog on how to recover from a security incident.
How to Prepare for Support for Windows 7 Ending
In order to prepare for support for Windows 7 going end of life, many businesses have already made the move over to Windows 10 - Microsoft’s latest operating system. However, things are not always that simple and here at Nasstar, we want to ensure that our customers are aware of all the options open to them.
Firstly, do you have a clear idea of what operating systems are running in your estate? If not, our powerful remote management and monitoring tools can help to audit your desktop and laptop devices in order to provide a clear idea of what needs replacing. Sometimes the hardest thing is knowing where to start, we can help with that.
We all know that the end of the year can be a tricky time when it comes to stretching what remains of the 2019 budget. It might be tempting to wait until 2020 and a new budget to start buying new devices, however this could be putting your business and end users at risk. With Nasstar’s finance partnerships, we can provide various flexible purchase options to spread the cost or push it into next year’s budget without delaying the work.
If you’ve got a mixture of devices that are still performing well and just need to upgrade the OS then good news, as a Microsoft Gold Partner and CSP provider, Nasstar can help you adopt Microsoft 365 with its upgrade rights from Windows 7 or 8 Pro to Windows 10 Pro.
For some, the cost of labour, either internally or via third-parties might be a reason not to upgrade. However, as experts with Microsoft 365, Nasstar can show you how using Intune and Autopilot can enable low touch deployments of your new devices, drastically cutting down on time and cost. Speak to your account manager today to see which option best suits your business.
Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?
There are numerous benefits that come with moving to Windows 10, it’s not just about going through an upgrade to protect against the security and compliance risk. The first advantage of upgrading from Windows 7 is that both operating systems are made by Microsoft, which means the upgrade process is relatively easy and, in most cases, you should be able to retain your files on your PC.
Moving to Windows 10 causes minimal disruption and as the layout and interface are similar to Windows 7, it shouldn’t take long to adjust to the new operating system once installed.
Windows 10 comes with a whole plethora of features, from built-in security with the Windows Defender suite to helpful hints and tips from Cortana. This operating system serves as the space for Microsoft’s programs to shine and they work exceptionally well on Windows 10, whilst also giving users a more scalable and flexible solution.
If you’d like advice on what to do next or more information on Windows 7 end of life, contact us or reach out to your account manager who will be happy to give you advice on the best way to ensure your business is protected from potential risks.