Windows 7 end of life and what you need to do to get ready to upgrade everything to Windows 10.
What does end of support mean?
Windows 7 reaches end of support on January 14, 2020. Your computer will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:
- Technical support for any issues
- Software updates
- Security updates or fixes
While you can continue to run Windows 7 on your PC, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure will be to update to Windows 10.
Minimum specification 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.
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
- Display: 800 x 600 resolution
What Do I Need To Do To Prepare?
Upgrading to a new OS takes time and planning, especially if you have numerous machines and systems. An efficient and successful transition to a new OS requires you to:
- Find machines that are running Windows 7 and thus need to be upgraded or replaced
- Create a timeline and budget for upgrades and replacements
- Back up all documents and files before upgrade
- Train your employees on how to use the new OS. This one should not be overlooked!
As always, we are here to help streamline all of your IT needs. If you are still using Windows 7 and would like assistance with planning for the EOL date give us a call! (256) 513-8206 We can assist you with the planning and execution of the transition. Perhaps you know of someone else just starting out or looking for some help with their IT needs, as well. Please don’t hesitate to call or pass along our information.