Want Protection from New Cybersecurity Threats? Upgrade to Windows 10 Before 2020

The time has come for Windows 7 to shut down for good.

What does this mean for businesses with this operating system still on their computers? 

As soon as Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7, any computers with the operating system still installed will no longer receive protection from cyberattacks. Of course, if you use your computers for business, you’ll be an even greater target for hackers.

Don’t believe you’re at risk? Think again.

Many professional hackers are already aware of this massive window of vulnerability in the cybersecurity world. A hacker is always looking for weaknesses in operating system security, and this is a major chance for them as many people are unaware of the upcoming changes.

Before it’s too late, you should upgrade any computers with Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008/R2 operating systems – both in the office and at home.

When Should You Upgrade to Windows 10?

Although you can still use both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/R2 operating systems, they will no longer receive crucial system security and performance updates as of January 14th, 2020.

If your business is running servers with customer database information or secured files, they will no longer be protected. With operating system updates, there are software changes that help your computer run efficiently with updated hardware.

Without complete cybersecurity awareness for your computers, customers and/or business partners’ information may become vulnerable to criminal hackers. If their important business information is leaked, it can lead to lawsuits and cost your company a lot of money.

How to Upgrade Computers to Windows 10

Trying to get multiple business computers upgraded can take time, especially when you have other aspects to manage. Here are a few steps to get all your computers updated before the deadline.

1. Choose Whether to Buy or Upgrade

You have two avenues you can choose from to upgrade your computers – either directly buy Windows 10 separately or upgrade from Windows 7.  It’s recommended for businesses to purchase Windows 10 instead of upgrading since it could cause poor performance with outdated existing software. However, the choice is yours based on what works best for your situation. 

2. Buying Windows 10

If you choose to buy Windows 10, you can buy it directly from the Microsoft store. With each purchase, you will get one license for a single system. It includes built-in security/tools to keep your computers safer and run your business more efficiently. After you have purchased the license, you can download it to your computer and run it to install the new software.

3. Upgrading from Windows 7 or 8

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10, you have that option until December 31st, 2019. The upgrade avenue doesn’t cost any additional money and includes the same features as it would if you were to buy it.  You will have to download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft to complete the update process.

As always, if you have questions, give me a shout!