To Renew or Not Renew, That Is the Question
You’re prepared, at least mentally, to begin your migration to Windows 10 because you’ve read What Does Windows End of Life Mean to My Business? and Getting Ahead of Windows End of Life. Is your hardware ready, though? How you handle your IT (on your own, as needed support, or with a fully managed agreement) will change how you will have to deal with your transition. The following items should help you decide how to prepare your hardware for the Windows 10 migration.
Do It Yourself
If you own all of your own equipment and deal with IT issues in house, then you will want to get started on migrating your devices now. The good news is that Windows 10 is highly compatible with just about every PC out there. If you run into trouble, it’s likely a vendor incompatibility issue, not Microsoft, itself, so you’ll want to contact them directly. When you have that handled, upgrading from 7 to 10 is as simple as running the ISO file from Microsoft.com, from a USB, or DVD. The bad news is that it will take significant time migrating every PC in your business. You’ll also need to deal with a backlog of Microsoft customer service support if you happen to run into any issues. Remember that almost 70% of the world’s computers are still running Windows 7. It’s almost guaranteed that others will run into issues and need support, as well.
If you are with a managed service provider, you should be just fine. In fact, you may have already contacted your provider to plan your migration. Over the course of the next few months, your IT company will ensure software compatibility with all of your line of business applications and contact any necessary vendors. They will schedule a time with you to come out and run the update once they’re sure everything will go smoothly. Now, would also be a good time to consider any hardware upgrades that you’ve been needing. All new PCs will automatically come with Windows 10 which would alleviate any upgrade issues now or in the next three years. Either way, the best part is you have a partner managing the upgrade (or new hardware installation) and they’ve been migrating customers like you for months, giving them the ability to avoid the common pitfalls.
Time to Get a Contract?
If you’re reading this blog as someone that had planned to do this upgrade on your own but have now decided that you don’t have the time or desire to do so? It’s time to contact Quartet Service. We’ll make sure that you’re taken care of through Windows 7 end of life and well beyond.