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Prepare for Windows 7 End of Support

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Microsoft Windows 7 support will be ending next year. Businesses will need to prepare themselves sooner rather than later. Microsoft does not like to support operating systems (OS) for more than 10 years. In this document, we will first discuss with end of support for Windows 7 is and, second, we will help provide an overview guide for your business’ next steps.

 

So, what does end of support for Windows 7 mean? Starting January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide updates and support to Windows 7 devices. BEK Inc is informing all customers a year in advance to remain proactive and allows you to make informed technical decisions. For instance, if your company runs exclusively on Windows 7 PCs, now would be the time to perform an IT audit on the current system to determine what hardware and software should be updated.

 

What happens if I continue to use Windows 7? You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate, but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.

 

BEK Inc will not be able to support any workstations with end of support operating systems or applications.

The Windows Product Life Cycle

All Windows products have a lifecycle, beginning with their release and ending with the end of support. In the past, these life-cycles lasted anywhere from five to ten years, depending on the product. Typically, this includes two service periods: mainstream support and extended support. Mainstream support includes security patches as well as new features and often covers several years. Extended support begins once Microsoft is no longer actively developing the product, shifting instead to the release of updates to keep the product safe.  End of Support is the point at which no further support will be extended.

What to Do Before Windows 7 Support Ends

The deadline for Windows 7 end of support will be here faster than you think. How can you prepare yourself and remain proactive? Simple, the first step is to talk to BEK Inc. We can help perform an audit on the existing network to determine what PCs need to be upgraded.

 

In addition to performing a hardware audit, a business will need to perform a software one as well. For example, businesses use well-maintained software like QuickBooks or Microsoft Office. There’s a strong possibility these software creators have already made compatible versions for the next OS iteration and beyond. However, what about the smaller software creators? Specifically, the software creators who tailor their services to small and medium businesses. Working with smaller software development companies may be a challenge when migrating to a new system. In this example, the recommendation is to collaborate with the software developers and determine the optimal path to upgrade. Work exclusively with the company to migrate data without any loss.

We've got you Covered with New Options

  • Upgrade your Existing PC/Laptop/Tablet

Can I upgrade my existing system to Windows 10? *

Depending on the computer’s technical specifications – there’s a possibility the computer’s OS can be updated to Windows 10. For example, if the PC has RAM with 16GB or more, ample hard drive space (minimum 20GB), and a processor higher than 2.5GHz, chances are that the PC can be upgraded and re-purposed. In contrast, if the PC is older and cannot meet Windows 10 technical specifications, the recommendation is to purchase a new PC with Windows 10

BEK Inc can help you determine if your current systems are viable for an upgrade or if money would be better spent upgrading to a new system

  • Replace your Existing PC/Laptop/Tablet

BEK Inc can assist in providing the appropriate system running Windows 10

  • Get Current and Stay Current with Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business brings together features from across Microsoft’s offerings in a solution designed for small to medium-sized businesses. It’s power by Office 365 and Windows 10, with device management and security features to help ensure your company’s data is protected. To take advantage of this program you must have a system running Windows 10 or a system with sufficient resources running Windows 7,8,8.1 Pro

From this point forward, businesses using Windows 10 will remain up-to-date with the latest fixes and updates. They won’t need to upgrade to a new operating system, and they won’t need to agonize over which one will be the least troublesome to implement. Windows as a Service (WaaS) assures a smooth transition between iterations of a single operating system. Windows 10 may look completely different ten years from now, but incremental updates will happen behind the scenes without a major upheaval to business systems

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