Begin Making Your Plans to Migrate, as Windows 7 End -Of-Life Is Coming January 14th, 2020

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With blazing-fast adoption in computers and systems upon it’s July 2009 arrival, Windows 7 offered many a new graphical interface, that was met with a lot of, concerns. As end-users adapted to the new feel of the operating system, some looked to further productivity, machines running this 10-year-old operating system will begin to stumble, as they lack the pace to keep up with technology.

Windows 7 Support Is Reaching its End of Life

With this year moving fast, we’ve noticed several businesses’ have begun to overlook the end-of-supportable life for Windows 7 systems. As many already know, it’s the patches, updates, and service packs that are used to update our systems. These are not upgrading, as the hardware hasn’t been changed, simply bug fixes, and user experience issues, alongside major security vulnerabilities.

On January 14th, 2020, Microsoft has officially announced the end of an era. Although the Windows 7 operating system wasn’t known to be the “best” or “most stable” platform, it was a reliable operating system for many, none-the-less. We must stress, these updates are needed because without them, systems and infrastructure become more vulnerable than ever.

Why the Big Deal?

Many of these business applications, or systems running Windows 7, Exchange 2010, SQL or Microsoft Server 2008, will all be forced to upgrade to the newest operating system. These upgrades are necessary, because the machines that were built when Windows 7 was released (July 22, 2009), will soon be reaching 10 years old. These systems lack the performance to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10, due to the many features, and additional layers of security employed through-out the new operating systems.

We recommend for many businesses using machines older than 3 years in age, to replace their systems completely, as it’s been our experience with Windows 10, and the current cost of technology, that it’s far more cost effective to replace the system then replace the parts needed to complete the migration.

If your systems were purchased within the last 3 years, the chances are; your machine would meet the performance requirements needed to upgrade, and we can help you get there.

We understand some systems might be running Windows 7 for a Line-of-Business tool, like a shipping computer, or guest work stations. Microsoft has recently announced, many avenues that businesses can take when migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or equivalent products. In many cases, we’ve been able to assist business’ in garnering the resources they need for the business objectives they have, like moving to the cloud, or paying for server licensing, there is a better way to do IT, reach out to have Clare Computer Solutions provide you a comprehensive roadmap, on getting your employees up-to-date and secures.

“The firm’s research found that nearly a 17% of IT departments don’t know when the end-of-support deadline is, while 6% are aware of it, but have yet to start planning for their migration away from Windows 7.”

“The occurrence of malware per non-business device at the end of 2017 was .07 for Windows 10, versus .16 for Windows 7 and .17 on Windows XP. As with business devices, Windows 10 is more than twice as safe as Windows 7 for home user devices. The volume of malware per device remained constant throughout 2017, at an average of .55 files per device.”

“By the numbers alone, Windows 7 sits at the 11th most vulnerable with Windows Server ahead at number 9. These rankings are determined by the number of patches,3rd-party testing, and announcements of exploits. With many exploits coming from malicious code injection or privilege abuse.”