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Windows 7 Has Retired
14th January 2020
Why Has Windows 7
Windows 7 was released back in 2009 and has been a huge success for Microsoft making it their most reliable client OS until the release of Windows 10 in 2015. The lifetime of Windows 7 when it reaches its retirement date will have spanned more than a decade but Microsoft have an 'End of Life' policy on the product which means that after 14th January 2020, no further support, bug fixes or important security updates will be applied tot he software.
It's important that businesses do not use Windows 7 devices after the 'End of Life' date as they will no longer receive updates including important security fixes. Windows updates are continuously patching security loopholes that otherwise hackers may exploit. once the updates stop, so to do the security patches and the longer you continue to use Windows 7, the more vulnerable it will become posing a large cyber security risk to your business.
What Steps Should My Business Take?
There are two options, you can either upgrade the OS on the device to Windows 10 or you can replace the device with one which already has Windows 10 installed. However, because Windows 10 and the latest apps can be more resource intensive than previous app versions, it's sometimes a false economy to upgrade just the OS on an older device as this can lead to resource issues
Upgrade to Windows 10
The official stance from Microsoft is that devices older than 3 years should automatically be considered for replacement. Devices have change a lot since Windows 7 was mainstream and with newer devices faster processing power, larger RAM capacities and ultra fast SSDs, it's easy to see the benefits of upgrading to maximise the resource capabilities of Windows 10
Upgrade or Replace?
Devices Less Than 3 Years Old
If your devices are within the 3 year recommended optional Microsoft upgrade period, you can keep the device and just upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. however, it's still a good idea to check the device specification beforehand to ensure upgrading will not cause your devices to run slow. If this option is available to you then it's a quick and easy upgrade that will keep all your settings, apps and data
Older Devices, Offset the Cost
Sometimes it's just not cost efficient to purchase a Windows 10 upgrade for an older device. If the device is old, it may not be up to the job of running Windows 10 productively for your users and in the end, it will turn out to be bad investment for your business. At Acumen we always make a full evaluation of any device to be upgraded before purchasing the upgrade licenses
We Work When You Don't
At Acumen, we know how important your IT systems are to your business. That's why we can upgrade all your servers outside of normal office hours to help maximise up-time for your business and help keep your IT related business productivity high. Upgrading your systems doesn't have to be disruptive and with Acumen's highly experienced installation team, it won't be.
We Can Upgrade Your Servers Outside of Normal Office Hours
Ready to find out more?
Regardless of the upgrade path required to Windows 10 for your business, we can help. We will work with you to ensure the upgrades are done at the best time for your business and remember, Acumen can carry out upgrades outside of normal office hours to keep your up-time maximised