14th January is deadline day for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 support. Find out what it means for your business...

 

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Support will end on the 9th July 2019 for SQL Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will no longer receive support updates from Microsoft by 14th January 2020. But what does this mean for the users who still rely on these operating systems to aid their business?

45.5% of PCs running Windows are still running the soon to be outdated Windows 7 (https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199373/windows-pcs/windows-by-the-numbers-windows-10-finally-dethrones-windows-7.html)

When support ends on 14th January 2020 there are several problems that arise from continuing to use the outdated operating system. If you decide that it is time to upgrade, you may also run into several problems while migrating your entire business to the newer Windows 8 or Windows 10 (Windows Server 2012, respectively for those upgrading from Windows Server 2008).

 

So why should you upgrade? You’ve never had a problem with your software, so you have never used the support services in place by Microsoft, why would you need to upgrade from a supposedly perfect working Operating System?

 Well, continuing to use Windows 7 or any outdated Operating System will leave your business open to potential cybersecurity threats, and no business is too small, when they are after your Data. Don’t make it easy for them. 

 

Cybersecurity is at the forefront of everyone’s mind when it comes to business in 2019, and with the end of support for Windows 7/SQL Server/Windows Server 2008, going hand in hand with no more security updates, now is a good time to upgrade to ensure you are not opening your computer, your network and your business to potential threats.

 

My Business has no plans to upgrade after January 2020, what are my options?

Microsoft will be aiding businesses that need to continue using the operating system after support has ended for up to three years and for a small fee. Businesses who can not migrate to Windows 8 or Windows 10 by January 2020 could be facing some large bills to keep their business afloat, GDPR compliant and protected from the ever-increasing cybersecurity threats.

 

We’re upgrading, but how difficult is it to upgrade from Windows 7?

For the users that need to migrate to Windows 8 or Windows 10 it may be a good time to start planning the migration early, especially if your business has hundreds of users, as the migration can be a lengthy process that can take months and with the deadline looming, there’s no better time to start than now.

For smaller businesses the process can be as easy as downloading Windows 8 or 10 for your employees from the Microsoft store, however, Microsoft assure their users that their files will be safe once installation of the new Operating System is complete but it is better being safe than sorry, so backing up is necessary and if you have a lot of data this can turn into a very long and arduous task, so again best to start the migration early.

Another option for SMBs is if your Software update coincides with your Hardware update. It could be more beneficial for your business purchasing new Hardware with the newest Operating System already downloaded on the system, than upgrading all your pre-existing hardware.

 

Migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or 10?

For the users that need to start planning for the big move from Windows 7, then you have two options: Windows 8 which was released in 25th October 2012, with support guaranteed for 10 years and with that fast approaching the more beneficial option for businesses is upgrading to Windows 10, which was released in 29th July 2015.

When upgrading your operating system there are a few things that will need to be considered:

  • The size of your business and the users that will need to upgrade
  • If the business has a large bank of Data, then this will need to be backed up and transferred to the new system. A full Data Audit is advised with large amounts of Data
  • Thorough in-house application compatibility testing with the new OS

 

If you are unsure of what is the best route for your business contact one of our Software Experts at Symitry who will he happy to help.

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