If there’s one thing you can count on when it comes to technology, it’s that it won’t stay the same for long!

Technology is an ever-forward march of progress, and it’s critical that both your hardware and your software are kept up to date. Older systems can make you vulnerable to all sorts of issues that can cost your business time and resources, from security breaches to slowdowns in productivity. This is especially true when it comes to software that’s reached the end of its service life.

What is Windows 7 end of life and when is it happening?

Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. This does not mean that Windows 7 will no longer operate — it just means that if you choose to continue using Windows 7, you are on your own as far as Microsoft is concerned. No more support, and more importantly, no more security patches.

The continued use of Windows 7 could mean future problems for your business, as holes in your security are sure to be exploited as more hackers target small businesses.

How will Windows 7 end of life impact my Texas business?

Leaving your business without new feature upgrades and security updates can lead to serious issues, such as:

  • An expensive ransomware attack
  • Costly downtime
  • Diminishing productivity levels among your staff
  • A leak or deletion of important data and sensitive information
  • Public relations disasters
  • A loss of coverage if you purchased insurance on your cybersecurity

With so much at stake, we don’t recommend trying to hold on to Windows 7. For the safety of your business (and your own peace of mind), it’s best to make the change over to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

Getting Caught Up With Windows 10

With Windows 7 end of life approaching, how do I prepare for a new operating system?

Begin by budgeting for new software and new hardware (potentially). While it won’t be necessary in every situation, Microsoft recommends purchasing new PCs as part of your plan. New PCs will ensure your technology can handle more up-to-date software. Some older PCs will not have sufficient memory, hard disk space, or other requirements to make full use of Windows 10 and its more advanced capabilities.

Be sure that all applications you use in your business are compatible with Windows 10. You should also consider creating a plan for training your staff to install and use Windows 10. Everyone should be on the same page so the changeover doesn’t cause more interruption than necessary.

Where can I get help with the transition from Windows 7?

Microsoft’s website has a wealth of information about Windows 10 and how to go about upgrading from Windows 7. This Windows 10 FAQ is a good place to begin.

Once it’s time to start the process of changing over, things can seem a little overwhelming. (That’s normal!) It’s always best to have a third-party vendor like NCC Data on your side, ready to help you through any challenges that might crop up. Our specialists will happily guide you and make sure you don’t run into any speed bumps along the way.

We take care of many IT challenges for our clients, including software upgrades like this. To get the most out of your business IT, contact us to learn more about how we can help you leverage cloud technology, data backup and recovery, top cybersecurity solutions, and more.