It’s Time to Replace Those Old Windows
On January 14 2020, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 7. They have decided that the decade-old operating system has run its course and will have deemed it to be End of life (EoL). Windows Server 2008 R2 and Small Business Server 2011 are also End of Life (EOL) at the same time.
What does that mean for me?
So what does that actually mean to those of you that are still running Windows 7 and have it as the backbone to your companies IT network?
Well, come January 14, 2020, your PC / Laptop / Tablet will continue to work, however, there will be no security updates or patches released. There will be no software updates and no security updates at all, meaning that your device will become completely vulnerable to cyber attacks and other internet nasties almost overnight.
What should I do about it?
We are actively encouraging everyone to begin the upgrade process to Windows 10 professional now, before the rush in January 2020. Assuming that your hardware (PC/Laptop/Tablet) isn’t too old and is of a compatible spec, it’s a pretty straight forward process to upgrade to from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It even asks you if you would like to keep your existing files (documents etc) – of course, we would completely recommend that you have a full backup in place prior to any upgrade. Which of course, we will be happy to do it for you.
The minimum spec to upgrade to Windows 10 in terms of hardware is:
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 or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display: 800 x 600
However, we would recommend at least 8GB Ram when running Windows 10 Professional in a business environment.
As a Microsoft Certified Partner, my company has committed to helping businesses across Kent by offering a Microsoft Risk Assessment and Migration Plan for free.
At no cost, we’ll come to your office and conduct our proprietary 51-Point Risk Assessment — a process that’s taken us over 14 years to perfect — to not only determine what specific computers and servers will be affected by this announcement but also to assess other security, backup, and efficiency factors that could be costing you in productivity and hard cash.
After performing this Free Assessment for companies like yours, I’m confident that we will not only be able to expose a number of security risks and issues that you weren’t aware of but also find ways to make your systems much more efficient and productive. We’ll also put together a customised Migration Plan and show you how to painlessly upgrade your old Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 machines.
Talk to us about upgrading your devices to Windows 10. It’s pretty seamless and will have your network up and running with the latest Microsoft operating system well before the deadline.
Based in Kent since 2005 and with extensive experience of Cloud Computing, IT Security and Cyber Security. Computer Rescue offer fast response IT Support for Small and Medium sized businesses with between 5 and 100 users. Please click here to find out about our FREE Cyber Security Assessment