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How to Prepare for Windows 7 End of Life

How To Prepare For Windows 7 End Of Life

When Does Support End for Windows 7?

Windows 7 End of Life is set for January 14, 2020. After that point Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates and patches. This puts many users and businesses at risk for exploits.

This doesn’t mean that Windows 7 will stop working. The issues are that machines running the Windows 7 operating system will be extremely vulnerable to new viruses, creating a big incentive for hackers to target businesses still utilizing this OS.

Now is the time for businesses to take advantage of this opportunity to upgrade and protect your operations. If you need more information, we would love to discuss how this benefits your business. Call us at 913-428-4200 or contact us for support.

What Should You Do to Upgrade from Windows 7?

If you’re one of these individuals, still utilizing Windows 7, it is time to plan for an upgrade to a newer operating system. There are a few operating systems to choose from, but the recommended solution is to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10.

Windows 10 Pro is recommended for business operations. Licenses for Windows 10 can be purchased directly from Microsoft or a licensed re-seller.

Are there risks if I don’t upgrade?

Windows 7 is several years old and is not designed to run the latest hardware. Experiencing slowdowns will be commonplace, especially when security patches are no longer released for the operating system.

Speaking of security updates, Windows 7 will be extremely vulnerable after January 14th, 2020. Since Windows 7 was released, Microsoft has fixed exploits and patched bugs that hackers have found, many times as soon as they appear. However, on the end of life date, Windows 7 will be open to all of the risks without Microsoft’s protection.

There could be many new issues with Windows 7 that won’t be unveiled until after January 14th, 2020, when Microsoft has already moved on. This presents a risk to your business that is important to act on sooner than later.

Upgrading to Windows 10 Made Easy

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is a relatively easy process that will allow you to keep all of your data, and even keep your favorite apps! This means you’ll experience the least amount of disruption to your day-to-day operations.

Here are the minimum requirements for Windows 10:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.

  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.

  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.

  • Display: 800 x 600 resolution.

However, even if your machine meets these requirements, Windows 10 will not run that well. We suggest having a machine that, at the very least, has a 2Ghz dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended), and a 160GB hard drive.

 Need Assistance with the Windows 10 Upgrade Process?

NetStandard will help ensure your upgrade is as smooth as possible. If your business needs to transition before the January 14th deadline, give us a call or contact us today. NetStandard is Kansas City’s trusted IT partner!

Phone: (913) 428-4200

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