The operating system for your company's PC devices may not be top of mind if you are running Windows 7. The OS is working well for you and your employees, so why bother migrating to Windows 10? Security is the key reason to consider the change as Microsoft is ending support for windows 7 in January. We've provided details below, but if you or your company needs support in analyzing and migrating your operating system, contact WheelHouse IT for help.
Why Migrate from Windows 7?
Microsoft has recently announced that on January 14, 2020, it will end support for Windows 7. End of support does not mean that the operating system will no longer be accessible on devices. In fact, you and your employees could continue using Windows 7 without noticing much difference. This change is of vital importance, however, because Microsoft will no longer provide the following for Windows 7 devices:
- Technical support for any issues
- Software updates
- Security updates or fixes
This lack of support means that devices running Windows 7 are at greater risk for viruses and malware. To ensure security of devices, it is important to migrate to Windows 10 before January 14, 2020.
How Do I Upgrade to Windows 10?
The complexity of upgrading will depend on the number of devices involved and the work necessary from a network infrastructure perspective. Additionally, you will need to ensure that the PCs currently in use are able to install and run Windows 10. Microsoft has provided a variety of resources for deployment, including:
- Small business deployment checklist
- Large-scale deployment checklist for enterprises
- Resources for IT professionals to evaluate, plan, deploy, secure, and manage devices running Windows 10
Who Can I Contact for Help?
While Microsoft has provided a variety of resources, deployment can be time consuming and complicated. WheelHouse IT is here to help. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, WheelHouse IT is well-positioned to help you determine the software and hardware needs for your company. Contact us today to discuss how we can best support your business.