After over 10 years as a solid product within the Microsoft portfolio, on the 14th January 2020 Windows 7 came to its end of life. Early January saw the last updates being rolled out … or so it was thought. There was one minor exception, a bug fix to an error that Microsoft caused themselves in the last roll-out of updates. An error that interfered with the desktop wallpaper. The bug was quickly resolved, causing a short flurry of internet conversation questioning whether or not Microsoft would indeed roll out further updates. Alas not. Windows 7 is indeed end of life. During the coming months, those businesses that have not already done so, will need consider what the next steps should be. It is clear that for businesses, remaining on an unsupported operating system is neither secure nor practical.
Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10
Windows 7 users are strongly recommended to move to Windows 10. DataConnectivity has been supporting clients and recommending clients upgrade to Windows 10 over the past months. This is the logical and secure next step for those businesses still operating on Windows 7.
Upgrade hardware specifications
There are concerns among users that they require new IT hardware in order to upgrade from Windows 7 to 10. New equipment will give the best performance and experience of Windows 10, however more equipment is compatible for upgrade than businesses realise. If a desktop pc or laptop has a minimum spec of a core i5 processor, with an SSD hard drive, the DataConnectivity team recommend the upgrade as compatible on the existing hardware.
If the equipment is older than 3 years with less than a core i5 processor, our technical team at DataConnectivity is recommending upgrading to Windows 10 with the addition of new IT hardware investment.
On some equipment, where the processor meets requirements however the hard drive is not SSD, equipment can be assessed to replace the hard drive. It is worth considering carefully the costs of investment in old hardware verses the cost of new equipment.
Why is equipment specification critical to Windows 10
The challenge with Windows 10 is the sheer amount of processing the new software requires.
Security & Back-up is paramount
Two of the most significant benefits built into Windows 10 are:
1) Advanced security features
2) Return of file history
Within Windows 10, Microsoft now provides built in security features, including firewall and internet protections to ensure protection against viruses, malware, and ransomware.
Backup is key
Additionally, file history is back in Windows 10. Now there is a main backup utility within the operating system. Users are able to schedule backups and choose between either an external drive or OneDrive. Once set up, file history will notify the user of successful backups and when files have not been backed-up. The alert for a backup failure is daily.
Getting the right advice call DataConnectivity
It can feel like a minefield knowing the next steps to take. This is why our DataConnectivity technical team is available to help guide businesses through all available options.
Call our technical support – 01223 750000
If you are running Windows 7 within your business, on any machines, please call and speak to our technical team on 01223 750000.