Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade vs. Replacement Checklist

Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade vs. Replacement Checklist
John Martines

Microsoft has publicly announced January 14, 2020, as the end date for extended support, also known as End of Life (EOL), for the Windows 7 operating system. As of this date, Microsoft will no longer produce any patches or updates to address known or otherwise newly discovered issues for the Windows 7 platform. This potentially exposes users of devices with the Windows 7 operating system to vulnerabilities that could potentially be exploited by threat actors—exploits, bugs, viruses, and ransomware. So, if you’re one of the 40% of global organizations still using Windows 7 as your main operating system,* we’d like to help you successfully migrate off of Windows 7.

Upgrade vs. Replacement

With Windows 7 End of Life, your organization will need to determine whether upgrading devices is sufficient or replacement of devices is necessary. To help you make this choice, here is a checklist to consider when looking to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10 successfully.
Check hardware details. Identify devices that will meet the minimum hardware specifications necessary for a desirable and productive level of performance. The minimum hardware recommendations from Microsoft are often insufficient toward being productive in the long term, resulting in device hardware being replaced sooner than expected.
Verify application compatibility. Determine which applications you have installed on your current Windows 7 estate, and check they will be compatible with the new Windows operating system. Any applications with known incompatibilities will receive a recommendation from us on how to proceed.
Confirm licensing compliance. The audit of devices and applications is the ideal time to verify your business has sufficient licenses for Windows 10. In some cases, newer Windows 7 devices may already have a license for an upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft has become vigilant in pursuing companies out of compliance with licensing. We will help to ensure your devices are properly licensed for use.
Decide whether to replace the device, perform a clean install or an in-place upgrade on the current device. There are several factors to bear in mind when considering an “In-Place” migration. Are there any 32-bit operating systems needing to become 64-bit? If so, does the hardware architecture support it, and will it need additional or improved/upgraded resource (eg more RAM)?Are there any Professional edition devices upgrading to Enterprise, or Enterprise to Enterprise?Are there any Home edition devices used in the business?
Train users. If users are unfamiliar with Windows 10 we can provide training to minimize the disruption to their operation.
Perform a pilot deployment. Our advanced toolset will allow us to automate the in-place upgrades with ease. A pilot deployment will ensure the execution of the migration proceeds as expected. Deploying to a small test group first will pay dividends over the duration of the project.If you find that a majority of your devices have aged out and do not meet minimum specifications for an upgrade, here are our recommendations for replacement of devices.We’d like to work with you to help you find the right path forward. Contact our team today!

Find out more about how we can help your business upgrade to Windows 10

Technic IT Group, LLC
753 East Drinker Street | Dunmore | PA 18512
570-955-3838

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