On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7.
In addition, support for Office 2010 will end in October 2020. What this means for your business:
Ideally, you’re able to migrate to Windows 10. We know the workarounds if you’re not going to meet the deadline.Tell Me More
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With the shift to Windows 10, it’s the perfect time to tighten your security and see whether virtual desktops or other solutions are right for you.Tell Me More
As a Microsoft Certified Partner, Essendis technology and cybersecurity experts are ready to discuss what solutions will work best for your organization’s needs now and in the future.
Not going to make the Windows 7 end of life deadline? Don’t panic. There are solutions, and we can help identify the right one for your business.
Technically, yes, but businesses who choose not to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will face problems, including:
If you’re truly not able to make the move to Windows 10 by January 2020, Microsoft has options. However, we strongly encourage you to speak with an Essendis Microsoft expert to identify your Windows device management roadmap so your business invests in the right choice from the start.
For businesses who use any edition of Windows 7, an ESU plan will support critical and important updates through January 2023.
An ESU plan is a short-term fix that should be implemented for specific cases when a total OS upgrade isn’t immediately feasible. This may be a near-term plan, but it should be implemented as part of a longer-term Windows 10 upgrade plan.
Windows 10 Enterprise is a great option for organizations looking for more advanced security and streamlined management.
Subscribing to Windows 10 Enterprise with Essendis includes one year of full extended support, which gives you more time to make the move to Windows 10, while continuing to operate on Windows 7 until 2021.
Windows Virtual Desktop is an Azure service that includes Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. This is another way to extend your migration deadline.
Virtual Desktop is also a good approach for companies looking to make a move to virtualization, but are not ready to shift users or programs to a new OS right away. Ease your transition by offering users an experience they’re already used to, then easily upgrade when everything is ready.
When you work with Essendis, we not only help your organization migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10, we create a complete software lifecycle plan to make sure you’re set up for future success, including:
Essendis will help your business upgrade, replace, or rewrite an incompatible application so it works properly in your new system.
Essendis will help you implement processes, including device and user profile management, to align business goals with technology. Learn about how we do this as an organization’s Virtual Chief Technology Officer (vCTO.)
At Essendis, we work quickly and migrate clients to Windows 10 in a three-step process:
The short answer: Maybe. Computers and devices released after 2016 are generally compatible with the current release of Windows 10. That said, certain Windows 10 features may require specific hardware. In addition, some security features call for modern security hardware, which may necessitate a hardware upgrade. If you move to Windows 10 with incompatible hardware, you may not be able to run Windows 10 —or you can, but at a significantly decreased capacity. Determining compatibility is part of Essendis’ Windows migration process so we ensure all your systems run smoothly.
One way to avoid any hardware expenditures is to move to a virtual desktop environment. This is a perfect solution for organizations that have older devices or are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environments.
With Windows 7 End of Life, it’s the perfect opportunity to assess and improve your technology infrastructure, which may include:
We address some common questions throughout this page, but here are a few more:
To see which version of Windows’ operating system you are using, follow the instructions provided by Microsoft support.
To move from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10, you need:
Additionally, certain Windows 10 features may require specific hardware. For example, Client Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities and additional 2 GB of RAM (available in Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise only.)
More advanced security features require modern security chips on the motherboard, which may necessitate a hardware upgrade.
If you’re currently using Windows 10, be sure you’re using the latest version. As part of the Windows 7 end of life, Microsoft will also no longer support:
Windows 10 has a unique lifecycle. New releases make it challenging to determine which version to deploy, when you need additional upgrades and whether your hardware will be compatible with subsequent releases. Essendis can help.
Your user data is critical and needs protected during an upgrade. Cloud-based storage and sharing solutions, such as Microsoft OneDrive, give users a secure, resilient file storage option that eliminates the risk of corruption or loss during “high-stress” events like upgrades.
To make sure your devices are compatible with Windows 10, you should conduct an assessment. You can start by reviewing the Windows 10 system requirements. Your devices and servers may require hardware updates or it may be an opportunity to explore alternatives, such as desktop virtualization. View Microsoft’s list of Windows 10 compatible devices.
Once you move to Windows 10, you will receive regular support from Microsoft, which includes software, security and technical updates. If you’ve purchased Extended Support for Windows 7, you’ll want to start thinking about your upgrade path. Contact Essendis to get started.
When you start the migration process with an assessment, you will come away with an inventory of all user software. You can then identify duplicate or redundant applications and develop a strategy to move toward application standardization and improved desktop management.
The first step to tackling this is getting a handle on what’s being used. Then you can sift through to eliminate redundancy and shrink your portfolio to streamline operations and reduce overall effort for managing your fleet.
Communicating changes to your users is the most important part of a migration. Early buy-in and training will eliminate the shock of change for your users, and upgrading supporting components ahead of Windows will reduce the “big bang” impact of the migration.
Your options for device management can vary depending on your systems and the size of your organization. Large enterprises can benefit from the scale and granularity of System Center Configuration Manager, and Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory offer cloud-based device and user settings management.