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What Microsoft Windows 7 End of Life Means For Your Business

Brian Seeling
May 23, 2019

Microsoft will end extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.

If your organization is still using Windows 7 as its main operating system, or if it is using the Windows 7 based Windows Server 2008 R2, it’s time to start preparing to migrate. Windows 7 End of Life means no more security or operating system updates from Microsoft, leaving an opening for hackers.

How can your organization avoid these security vulnerabilities?

An audit of your technology assets will need to be completed to determine if there are Windows 7 devices and how many. The audit will determine how many devices your organization has that need to be upgraded to meet minimum hardware specifications to run Windows 10. Another thing to verify during the audit is that your organization has enough licenses for an upgrade to Windows 10.

What are Microsoft’s basic requirements for installing Windows 10?

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster processor OR System on a Chip (SoC)
  • RAM: 1GB for 32-bit OR 2GB for 64-bit
  • Hard Drive Space: 16GB for 32-bit OS OR 32GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800x600px

If you find that your devices do not meet minimum specifications for an upgrade, we can provide recommendations for replacement of devices. Contact us today to learn more.

The main priority with the Windows 10 upgrade is to minimize security vulnerabilities and help your organization avoid major downtime.

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