If you haven’t marked your calendar for January 14, 2020, it might be a great idea to make sure you are ready for the end of Windows 7 & Server 2008 extended support. Knowing this key date will assist you in making informed decisions on whether to update or upgrade your computers and servers.
With less than a year remaining, Microsoft will no longer provide patching and updating for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as of the 14thof January 2020. Migrating to a new operating system can instantly induce crippling anxiety, but having a plan that addresses your needs and requirements will guide you through the decision-making process. When determining the best course of action, your focus should consider three key aspects:
Current Hardware Age
If your hardware was purchased recently and is still serviceable, there is the possibility of upgrading the Operating System. Older hardware may not be financially worth upgrading, and an inventory to determine the viability based on age and purpose will focus your decision if a server or computer should be replaced or upgraded.
It is very likely that a large majority of your legacy applications and software will operate in the new Operating System since there were no major changes to how software and applications operate in the Windows environment. Simply put, if it ran on Windows 7 or 8, then there is a strong likelihood that it will work on Windows 10.
Printer, Scanner and Camera Compatibility
Since its release in 2015, Microsoft continues to work with major manufacturers to ensure devices such as printers, scanners and cameras seamlessly function with the desktop and server versions of Windows. If in doubt, the website of the manufacturer will be able to provide insight as to if the peripheral device is compatible or not.
It is no secret that maintaining your IT can be challenging at best, but a realistic IT budget and plan that considers the objectives and priorities of your business paired with unbiased expert IT advice will set you apart from your competition.
If you need help with your plan or allocating your Windows 10 migration we can help. IT Support Guys technicians can identify what needs to be upgraded and what can be updated. Call us today at (855) 448-4897 or click the banner below, and let us protect your business from the retirement of Windows 7 and Window Server 2008.