It was a good run while it lasted, but Windows 7 has arrived at its final destination. Microsoft has decided to cut ties with the popular operating system (OS). While it’s sad to see Windows 7 ride off into the sunset, the time has come to embrace Windows 10. As your organization prepares for migration, here’s what you should know.
NOTE: ITque will be sending all clients with Windows 7 PCs a Client Alert that details how we will work with you to plan and schedule upgrades for any Windows 7 PCs you have.
Preparing for the Move to Windows 10
At the beginning of 2020, Microsoft will be ending support of Windows 7. From a technology standpoint, this essentially means that the OS has reached the end of its life. While you’ll still be able to use Windows 7 past this date, Microsoft will no longer be providing patches or security updates. No patches or security updates means that your computer will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
To protect your PC, ITque strongly advises that all of its clients make the move over to Windows 10. For some companies, though, the software has become so ingrained in their operations that migrating from one OS to another can seem like a daunting task. Below you’ll find a link to Microsoft for details about Windows 7 End of Support as well as a few steps you can follow to prepare and make the process less of a pain in the neck.
Create an Exit Strategy
There are various reasons that companies hesitate to make the move to a new OS. However, the end of life (EOL) date will be here sooner than you know it. Although you’ll have some leeway—it’ll take a year or two before Windows 7 really becomes unsafe to use—you should begin your migration planning as soon as possible. This way there won’t be any surprises and your business will be thoroughly prepared to make the jump when the time comes.
Embrace the New Technology
Making the leap to new software isn’t easy for any organization. Employees have likely become accustomed to Windows 7’s applications, layout, and navigation. Despite this, you’ll have to encourage your team to ditch the old applications and file formats they use with Windows 7 and take advantage of the new tools available.
What Are the System Requirements for Windows 10?
Before you migrate over to Windows 10, you’ll need to know the system requirements for the new operating system. Otherwise, you won’t be able to make the transition.
Here is what’s needed:
- Your system will need to be running on the latest version of the Windows 7 OS or later (Windows 7 SP1)
- 1 gigahertz processor or faster
- An internet connection is required to perform the download
- A hard drive that’s at least 32 GB
- Your graphics card will need to be able to run DirectX 9 at least
- Finally, you’ll need a display that’s 800×600 or greater
You can see the requirements in full detail by visiting Microsoft’s website.
Let Us Help You Prepare for Windows 7 EOL
Switching from your trusted Windows 7 PC and moving to Windows 10 doesn’t have to be a headache. ITque has performed these kinds of upgrades thousands of times over the years so we know all the ins and outs.
ITque sent an informational email about this matter to all ITque Client Liaisons on Friday, July 26. See the email here: ITque Client Alert – Windows 7 End of Support
To learn more about all ITque’s services and solutions, please contact Scott at ITque today: 408.500.0724