The biggest issue is that Microsoft will no longer provide security upgrade for Windows 7 after January, 2020. This means that your computer will be exposed in dangerous risks.
A common mistake businesses make, while selecting endpoint devices for their organization is buying consumer grade PCs to save a few euro. There is a lot more to consider beyond the cosmetic aspects and price points of a device, if you want to ensure that your business runs smoothly and effectively.
According to a Ponemon Institute study, over 60% of small and medium business respondents suffered cyber attacks and more than 50% of the businesses represented in the study had data breaches involving customer and employee information.
Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, brings many benefits. A great PC not only saves you from security vulnerabilities, but offers a lot more:
- You are able to keep some of the basic IT functions in-house and improve IT manageability.
- You save money because business PC’s are more reliable.
- You experience better service quality and parts availability if issues occur outside of warranty.
- Security – Windows 10 also keeps up major improvements in security. Key security features such as Secure Boot, Device Guard, Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello are included.
So before January, 2020, you should start planning to upgrade to Windows 10, or other alternative operating system.
Migration; Key Considerations
What most businesses are doing now to prepare is an hardware audit of existing hardware. That includes a list of all machines in use, their operating system, their age and their usage, including applications in use on each machine. Also include the serial number for tractability and logging purposes.
Migration process; what can you expect?
Organisations can expect each machine to take approximately 2 hours, all going well. The machine cannot be in use during the upgrade because it slows down and is unusable.
Storage can sometimes be an issue with the migration and can delay the process, and sometimes Windows 7 machines stubbornly don’t want to upgrade. ACS will be able to work through those issues with you and ensure the upgrade goes smoothly.
The user should test the machine once the upgrade is done to ensure everything is working as it should, particularly any third-party applications in use on the machine. And finally, any inventory audits should to updated to reflect and track the upgrade.
Which stage are you at?
Whether you’re at the start of your journey to Windows 10, already underway, or if you’ve already migrated, we can help you at every stage. We can help to find and solve Legacy apps, improve performance and work with you to identify and achieve ongoing savings. We can also help your organisation run more efficiently with e.g. image capture, image deployment, image maintenance, staging, deployment and management of your end user computing and mobile devices.