Contact us today!
217-428-6449

Network Solutions Unlimited Blog

If You Haven’t, Upgrading from Windows 7 Should Be a Priority

If You Haven’t, Upgrading from Windows 7 Should Be a Priority

If your computer is running Windows 7 as its operating system, it’s time to start thinking about the future. Microsoft has officially unveiled the End-of-Life date for Windows 7, meaning that they will eventually stop supporting computers running the much-loved operating system. What does this mean for your business? Let’s find out.

What is End-of-Life for Operating Systems?
End-of-Life doesn’t necessarily mean that your computer's will just stop working--rather, they will just stop receiving extended support from Microsoft. Although mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on January 15th, 2015, Microsoft will continue to provide extended support for the operating system until January 14th, 2020. Assuming you have Service Pack 1 installed, your operating system will cease to receive updates following the Windows 7 End-of-Life date. While you’re still receiving security updates, there are no new features being added to your operating system.

Basically, End-of-Life means that the operating system no longer receives any important updates, meaning that it’s a security best practice to update away from Windows 7 before it becomes a liability.

Why Does End-of-Life Exist?
There is a constant war going on between software developers and malicious entities, like hackers. They are constantly trying to undermine the efforts of security professionals to keep businesses and their technology solutions safe from threats. Software developers put out patches frequently to prevent hackers from making headway in this war, but it’s hard to support all existing versions of operating systems at all times. When Microsoft ends support for an older version of an operating system, they are essentially giving ground to hackers, but let’s face it--if you’re using older software that is no longer supported, you could stand to take advantage of more recent, user-friendly solutions with all new features in the first place.

What You Should Do
The easiest way to get around the pitfall of using older software like Windows 7 is to just install Windows 10 as soon as you can. If you can’t do so immediately, it’s best to think about preparing your organization for a move to Windows 10 in the near future. Make sure that any workstations used by your business meet the following minimum requirements.

  • Processor: 1GHz processor or faster
  • Memory: 1GB RAM for 32-bit; 2GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: Up to 20GB available
  • Required video card: 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher. DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver

If your workstations don’t meet these requirements, perhaps it’s time to invest in some upgrades for them as well.

If you’re looking to keep your technology in proper working order, even in the face of End-of-Life events, Network Solutions Unlimited can help. Our managed services will ensure your technology stays optimized and operational for the long haul. To learn more, reach out to us at 217-428-6449.

OLED Is Changing the Way We Look at Things
Tip of the Week: Managing Your Windows Arrangement
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Saturday, October 20 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code

Tag Cloud

Android Employer Employee Relationship Identity IT solutions Device Security Benefits Laptop Display Upgrade Humor Data Loss Vendor Hiring/Firing Facebook Customer Consultant Employer-Employee Relationship Automobile Blockchain Training Business Intelligence Software as a Service IT Support Passwords Robot Specifications Thank You Remote Monitoring Worker Commute Downtime Security Employee-Employer Relationship Managing Stress Conferencing Bluetooth NFL Data Privacy Networking Wireless Internet History Collaboration Google Assistant The Internet of Things Microsoft Office Flexibility Antivirus Word Server Managed Service Provider Experience Public Cloud Upgrades Chromebook Sports How To Sync Budget Vendor Management Microsoft Travel Workplace Tips Solid State Drive Fraud Two-factor Authentication Telephone Systems Google Maps File Storage Business Management Hard Disk Drive Information Technology Business Continuity HIPAA Professional Services Licensing Root Cause Analysis PDF Television Retail Vulnerability Peripheral Encryption Windows 7 Marketing WIndows Server 2008 Reputation Sales Personal Information Google Drive Instant Messaging Going Green Computer Accessories Hosted Solution Company Culture Router Remote Computing SaaS Outlook Accessory Touchscreen Video Games Hard Drive Files Data Theft Windows Dark Web Twitter Data eWaste Office Compliance Spam VoIP Emails Internet exploMicrosoft Entertainment Outsourced IT Smart Technology Streaming Media Content Filtering Financial Technology Smartphones FAQ Ransomware Meetings Edge Content Filter WPA3 Avoiding Downtime Tech Support Microsoft Word Education intranet Computer Forensics Credit Cards Tip of the Week Government Mobile Device Computer Care BYOD Holiday Emergency Windows 10s Tech Term Language IT Support Value Congratulations Safety Computing Infrastructure Comparison Managed IT Services Electronic Medical Records IT Solutions Users Scam Social Media Projects Monitoring Productivity Shortcut Best Practice Windows 10 Save Money Audit Small Business Mobile Devices Updates End of Support Colocation MSP Update Camera Loyalty Google Docs Health Business Computing Cortana Work/Life Balance Cybercrime Computing Gadgets Bring Your Own Device Storage Physical Security Office Tips Malware Redundancy Evernote Alert Memory Smartphone Application WiFi Gmail Hackers Data storage HaaS Hard Drives Save Time Printers OneNote IT Services Monitors Computer Screen Mirroring Patch Management hacker Password Politics Lifestyle Managed IT Service Business Technology User Error Virus Unified Communications Productivity Managed IT Services Management HBO Public Computer Internet Exlporer Hacking Artificial Intelligence Mobile Device Management Students Operating System Mobile Security Spyware Cloud Identity Theft Unified Threat Management Proactive IT Hardware CrashOverride Law Enforcement Email Phishing Mobile Efficiency Cast Identities Touchpad Keyboard Data Recovery Automation Project Management Miscellaneous Computers Printing Internet of Things Cloud Computing Scalability App Wireless Technology Cache Worker Connectivity Virtual Reality Information Settings Alexa for Business Wireless Chrome Black Market Risk Management Business Owner Browser Augmented Reality Battery Cybersecurity Data Storage Apps Adobe Workers IT budget IT Management Legislation Financial Innovation Data Breach Relocation Big Data Co-Managed Services USB Business Data Security Applications PowerPoint How to Telephone Saving Money Windows Ink Cleaning Commerce Gamification Microsoft Excel Technology Firewall Hosted Solutions Books BDR App store Cost Management iOS Social Engineering Administration Websites Managed Service Data Protection User Tips Money Bandwidth Best Practices Regulation Excel Apple Devices Ciminal Mobility IoT Data Backup Virtual Assistant Audiobook Legal iPhone Two Factor Authentication Testing VPN Monitor Spam Blocking Windows 10 Shadow IT Hybrid Cloud Transportation Quick Tips Wasting Money Network Computer Fan Google Wasting Time Software Search Disaster Recovery Amazon Virtualization Rootkit Advertising Analysis Charger Chromecast Backup Nanotechnology Communication Network Security WannaCry Communications Webinar Recovery Troubleshooting Content Managed IT Wi-Fi Proactive Wireless Charging File Sharing Samsung Techology Unsupported Software Hyperlink Data Management Phone System Tablets Privacy Gifts Smart Tech Document Management Assessment Internet Maintenance Office 365 Private Cloud