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One Year Until Microsoft Sunsets Windows 7

Don't let your operating system become the next fashion faux paus. The world has moved on. It's officially outdated. Microsoft has announced it is going to stop supporting Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. That means you have one year to modernize your operating system by moving to Windows 10. 

What does this mean for Windows 7 users? We’re here to answer some of those questions. If we didn’t answer your question below, reach out to us on social or directly via our contact page: https://summitbiztech.com/contact/

Q: Does this mean I need a new computer?

A: Not necessarily. It’s possible to upgrade your current PC if it meets the appropriate requirements to run Windows 10. If you bought your computer within the last 2-3 years, it probably came with Windows 10. If it’s 4-6 years old, you may still be able to upgrade, but it’s likely you will need to buy new licensing. If it doesn’t meet the requirements, you have one of two options:  

  1. Upgrade the computer hardware itself using a trusted vendor like Summit, or
  2. Look into buying a new machine – we’ll quote you the best fit for your needs.

Q: What are the system requirements to run Windows 10?

A: If you’re looking to run Windows 10 on your current device, you’ll have to make sure it meets the minimum requirements below. If you’re unsure if your computer meets these minimum requirements, contact us and we’ll help you out.

  • Processor:  1GHz processor or faster
  • Memory:  1GB RAM for 32-bit; 2GB for 64-bit
  • Hard Disk Space: Up to 20GB available hard disk space
  • Video Card:  800 x 600 screen resolution or higher. DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver

Q: What happens if I don’t upgrade?

A: Besides being left in the dark ages, your system will stop receiving updates. This means you’ll be more prone to security issues and hackers can exploit you easier. You also won’t get any additional features, fixes, or improvements from Microsoft. To add insult to injury, the applications & web browsers you rely on every day to get your work done may stop working altogether. This is all bad news for productivity.

Q: What benefits do I get from Windows 10?

A: The most obvious benefit of Windows 10 is simply the fact that it’s a factory-supported operating system that will continue to get security updates, patches, support, and improvements as long as it’s supported. Most modern applications and browsers already support Windows 10 and there’s even a handy tool to see if the apps you use are ready to move to the modern age.

In addition to the support, Windows 10 Pro has a variety of features designed to improve productivity and save money for your business. Some of these features include:

Improved Security

  • Windows 10 comes with automatic updates to make sure you have the most up-to-date protection.

Remote Desktop

  • You have the potential to work from anywhere with an internet connection by remotely and securely logging in to access your files on your tablet, phone, or home PC.

Q: Can I do this myself?

A: It is possible, but managing your own business’s migration to Windows 10 requires time, dedication, and skilled technical resources to ensure you do not suffer downtime or hurt employee productivity by not properly training them. Some things to think about during your migration include:

  • Are your devices and applications ready for Windows 10?
  • Is your network and active directory set up to support the move?
  • Do you need to back up all the data on your laptop?
  • Can you migrate your users, files, and settings without disruption?
  • Have you taken information security and compliance requirements into account?
  • Can you image PCs and deploy the Windows 10 operating system without disruption?
  • Have you determined the best update deployment cycles for your business?
  • Can you effectively communicate and train your employees to adopt Windows 10?

If you’re looking for a professional team to do everything for you, Summit Business Technologies can manage the entire Windows 10 upgrade for your business. Contact us today for a consultation where we’ll walk you through a typical project plan, discuss your options, and schedule the move to the modern era.

The clock is ticking. You’ve got one year before the world bids farewell to Windows 7.


Lee Snead

Lee Snead is Summit's Content Marketing Specialist, and brings cyber-security awareness and training expertise from his days as a security awareness program lead for a Fortune 500 company. Lee focuses on quality content creation, photography, videography, and impactful communications that turn complex IT topics into easily consumable ideas. When he's not writing or filming, he's out on the water. Surfing, kayaking, and SUPing are this St. Louis native's forte.

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