On January 14, 2020, Microsoft® will no longer support the Windows 7 operating system. This decision comes as no surprise, as the operating system – launched in 2009 – is now ten years old. After a while it doesn’t make sense to keep old software patched and updated. Especially when there are newer versions available.
Microsoft’s last Windows 7 update displays a count down, reminding users to upgrade to Windows 10. For those of you with automatic updates turned on, Windows 10 will be automatically installed on January 14, 2020.
If your company runs on Windows 7, December 2019 will be a mission-critical month to determine a plan of action. GreenStar Solutions and its trusted partners can help you address this challenge. Contact us and our technology partners will perform an infrastructure assessment to identify vulnerabilities and help you navigate next steps. Following are key areas of consideration:
Beat The Windows 7 End-Of-Life Deadline
Ideally, you should upgrade prior to January 14, 2020. If that’s not possible, now is the time to start developing a timeline to upgrade, replace, or migrate your operating systems. You should start with any areas that are mission critical, as leaving those on Windows 7 could mean leaving them open to threats.
Protect Your Data
Your biggest concern is that Microsoft will not be releasing any new patches or updates after January 14, 2020. Leaving your devices and databases extremely vulnerable to security threats and viruses.
Your plan to upgrade, replace, or migrate needs to include means to protect your data. Backing up your files is the best way for you to protect them. In the event of digital tragedy, having a backup is your best friend. A backup can be done two different ways: by copying to an external hard drive or to a cloud storage service.
However, if you decide to continue using Windows 7, mitigate risks by isolating equipment from secure machines and regularly backup your files.
Change is inevitable. Especially with technology upgrades. When you are developing an upgrade plan, training should be in that plan and available to all employees that will be interacting with the new operating system.
When employees are confident in their new operating system, there are less frustrations and a shorter transition period. Training your employees helps preserve their productivity.
At the end of the day, with a plan, change isn’t so scary. But if you find yourself unsure, contact GreenStar Solutions. We help you transition to the best technology that’s right for your business.