Microsoft has already ended it’s mainstream support for Windows 7, meaning only security bugs are currently being repaired. All of that will come to an end when Windows 7 becomes officially end of life, and loses its security support on 14 January 2020. This means that security updates that protect your computer will no longer be released and your devices will beat risk. Along with Microsoft, The Little IT Company strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 before January 2020 to benefit from all the security and new features that are released to thefully supported Windows 10 operating system.
We appreciate that upgrading your devices can be a costly, time consuming and scary prospect, especially given the potential risks if the process is not implemented correctly.
Here at The Little IT Company, our customers have been running Windows 10 since February 2016, so we know what works and what doesn’t. This puts us in an ideal position to ensure your transition is seamless and pain free.
It’s worth bearing in mind that as well as your PCs, laptops and mobile devices your server will need checking to ensure it can support the Windows 10 operating system.
- Identify machines that need to be upgraded or replaced (PCs, Laptops and Servers)
- Check your server operating system is up-to-date and supports Windows 10.
- Help you source and budget for upgrades or replacement of equipment as required.
- Help you identify any licensing implications and
- Work with you to develop a timeline for upgrades
Why do I need to upgrade?
Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on 22nd October 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that they can focus their investment on supporting Windows 10 and Office 365. When support officially ends on 14th January 2020, new computers and software will no longer support the operating system. The biggest immediate concern will be the lack of security patches, which could lead to your system being compromised and a breach under the GDPR legislation could prove very costly.
To fully support the move to the Windows 10 operating system your server will need to be running Microsoft Windows Server 2012, 2016 or preferably Microsoft Windows Server 2019. If you still have an old Windows Server, you will need to plan to replace / upgrade your server. If your hardware is adequate, you may only require a new license which can be quite painless.
What should I do now?
If you need an IT team to manage this process for you, please get in touch with us. We can provide advice and guidance to your in-house staff, or fully manage the service on your behalf. We offer a range of bespoke packages and can help implement and IT strategy that works for you and your organisation.
Unlike some of our competitors, we offer transparent and friendly advice and would be happy to arrange a no obligation site visit to provide you a detailed quotation. As a forward-facing company with years of experience running Windows 10, we can help you not only stay secure but also take advantage of the latest features it offers to enhance your productivity. For example, did you know that Windows 10 is fully integrated with Office 365 meaning now might be the time to ditch your on-site server and move your data into the cloud. Particularly in education, the cost savings for licensing and the benefit of not having to replace your server could save you ten’s of thousands of pounds.
End of Support for Windows 7/Server 2008
Our Customers Using Windows 10
What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?
You can continue to use Windows 7, but you will find software will gradually over time stop supporting your device. After support has ended your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Windows 7 devices will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.
If your PC does not have all the latest security updates it is open to possible attack and the school could lose data and more importantly it opens the schools up to a possible GDPR data breech.
As your school replaces some devices, you will be unable to install Windows 7 as they will no longer support it. This could mean running a mix of Windows operating systems which can be a headache for your IT team. If this is an outsourced provision, this would mean more storage, and more support time and of course cost!
Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?
If your computer has the minimum requirements to upgrade to Windows 10, then yes you can. You will need to purchase a license if you do not have a license agreement with Microsoft.
Please contact us to find out if your device would support the upgrade, as although it may meet the minimum requirements you may encounter a decrease in performance. We recommend that all our customers use Windows 10 on a device with at least 4gb RAM and a solid-state hard drive.
If your computer is not up to scratch, we would recommend either upgrading the internal components if possible, replacing the computers with modern devices running Windows 10, or running devices such as iPads instead.
We work with a number of refurbished suppliers who can offer modern Windows 10 capable devices as half the price of a new one.
What should I do to prepare?
Upgrading to a new operating system takes time and careful planning, particularly in education or business environments. This work would need to take place pre-dominantly out of hours, or during an agreed period of downtime. We will work with you to plan your upgrade to minimise disruption. You should contact an IT professional as soon as possible to begin planning your migration.
Will my devices and software be compatible?
If your existing devices and software run on Windows 7, in most cases there should be no issues in upgrading to Windows 10. This applies to most printers, laptops and desktops. It’s worth asking us to conduct an audit before you make the leap, as some photocopiers only support limited functionality in the new operating system for example.