With only six months to go, Windows 7 is going away for good. Windows 7 is officially shutting down in 2020. That means no more security enhances or user support will be available for the most popular PC system. However, this change is necessary as much has changed in the tech world since Windows 7’s 2009 release. But now that Windows 7 is ending, it’s time to look towards alternative options. In fact, it’s even more important now than ever before to begin the migration process before it’s too late. Here is your best option:
1. Upgrade Your Operating System
A lack of support for Windows 7 means you can't count on getting a patch or updates anymore to fix any new security threats that may occur. Without the correct security updates or patch, you can put your computers and network at risk. But by upgrading to the newest Windows 10 operating system (OS), you can ensure you get the proper support you need. That means you'll have access to the latest security patches and updates to reduce security risks and thwart threats. It's also advantageous to implement a migration plan so that your system and computer devices are compatible with the latest software or platforms you use. Many software companies are basing their designs off the latest Windows OS. That means few if any software developers will design their products to run on older versions of Windows OS, such as Windows 7.
2. Get Professional Help
Instead of handling your migration plan on your own, consider hiring a professional IT company to help oversee the migration, such as Network Essentials. When you take advantage of the help of a managed service provider (MSP) like Network Essentials, you can get your machines up and running the new operating system once updated and in time for the January 2020 Windows 7 end-of-life deadline. Moreover, MSPs can provide recommendations for any upgrades you may need so that the transition runs smoothly. This helps you save costs rather than having to repair or get an entirely new system.
3. Keep Downtime to Minimum
If your team has little experience with executing a migration plan, it's possible to experience extensive downtime. Weak implementation of a migration plan can mean your team leads are executing the migration during key hours, such as during regular hours when your staff or clients need your services the most. But when you use an expert MSP with experience with executing migration plans, you can ensure a smooth transition that keeps downtime to a minimum. For example, Network Essentials offers a seamless, zero downtime migration solution to Office 365.
4. Avoid Data Loss
Some companies try to handle migration on their own. But it’s not uncommon for them to lose their mail or data due to their lack of expertise. However, data loss can mean thousands of dollars in repair to retrieve important data that keeps your enterprise going. On the other hand, Network Essentials has moved thousands of mailboxes successfully so that clients can avoid losing crucial files or experiencing data loss. But even in the event data loss occurs, Network Essentials provides expert data recovery service to get your system up right away.
5. Save on Costs
You may think your saving money by executing your own migration plan. However, it often costs less to hire a professional IT company like Network Essentials. In fact, it will likely cost you less to hire Network Essentials to do the job than for you to risk migration execution on your own only to potentially need to hire someone to fix any errors and recover lost data from going it alone. It’s important to do it right the first time.
Instead of risking a broken down migration plan and ultimately slowing down the efficiency of your business, call in the pros. Hire Network Essentials to get the job done right from the start. With thousands of successful migrations, Network Essentials has the expertise and experience to help you implement your migration plan effectively with zero downtime.