No More Foot Dragging! Upgrade Now!
Updated: Feb 11
The movement to upgrade to Windows 10 is now into its last 6 months. And anyone in the IT industry who manages servers and computers is well aware of the January 2020 deadline, when Microsoft will discontinue providing security patches to Windows 7. So, has all this talk gotten you thinking about what you are going to do and how you are going to get it done?
You may be considering a workaround, but be careful. It may not be the best method. What is thought to be a financially sound option could lead to problems down the road.
According to Microsoft, all Windows 10 upgrades must have completed
and reached the "Welcome" screen by 11:59 PM on July 29, 2016.
That means that even if you downloaded the free version to a flash drive prior
to the July 2016 deadline expecting to install it later, it isn’t legal.
Case in point, at ProActive, we have a client who downloaded Windows 10 onto a flash drive prior to the July 2016 deadline to get it for free. Since they weren’t quite ready to upgrade to Windows 10, they thought they would hold onto the upgrade until they were ready to install it. Fast forward to this past spring when they decided to start updating their equipment. When we checked in with them to discuss their options (upgrade current equipment or purchase new equipment), they told us of their plan. That’s when we advised them that although doing so might save them some money, it may cause them issues down the road. Their upgrades may not work or even worse, they could be audited. Thankfully, they took our advice.
We realize that the idea behind doing this is to save money, but maybe your company just wasn’t ready to make the jump to Windows 10 at that time. And maybe you just weren’t ready to make the hard decisions about upgrading vs. buying new computers to support the upgrade. Either way, if you haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 10, now’s the time.
Microsoft is expecting Windows 10 to be the “last version” of Windows.
From now on, they will be simply updating, not releasing new versions of Windows.
What does that mean? Support for Windows 10 will continue until October 14, 2025,
but that could well run longer. This means you can get free updates at least
two years longer than Windows 8.1 and five years more than Windows 7.
Who doesn’t like free updates?
Also, it is a risk not to upgrade because many softwares will not be compatible with Windows 7 and 8.1, which can be a detriment to your business and bottom line.
Now that you understand and recognize the importance of Microsoft End-of-Life support, you’ve decided that upgrading to Windows 10 is your next step. No more foot-dragging! So what’s the best way to do that? That depends…
You can purchase Windows 10 from the Microsoft website for each computer you want to upgrade. Upgrades should be completed prior to January 14, 2020. That’s when Microsoft will discontinue providing security patches to Windows 7.
If your computers are over three years old you might want to consider buying new ones because the upgrade may not work properly on older equipment. Plus, new equipment comes with Windows 10 pre-installed.
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