If you’re still running Windows 7, the clock is just about to strike midnight. And while your operating system won’t exactly turn into a pumpkin, it will lose vital security support that could leave you at serious risk.
As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft closes the door on Windows 7, meaning that the operating system (OS) reaches end of life, and Microsoft no longer issues security patches or any other regular updates for it.
There are still roughly a quarter of Windows users running the soon to be outdated OS, and if you’re one of them, you’ll want to scramble to get upgraded as soon as possible.
Why Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?
If you’re thinking why shouldn’t you just keep using Windows 7 since it’s not going to suddenly stop working, we’ve got some compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 sooner (like now) rather than later.
You’ll be an easy data breach target: Nearly 60% of data breaches in the last two years were due to an unpatched vulnerability. Without any new patches coming, you’ll be perpetually at risk.
Out of compliance: Running an outdated operating system puts you out of compliance with data privacy regulations like PCI and HIPAA.
Hardware/software compatibility issues: Software and hardware manufacturers aren’t going to keep supporting an outdated operating system and soon you’ll begin having serious compatibility issues.
You’re left out of productivity enhancements: Sticking with an older OS means you can’t take advantage of security and productivity improvements offered in Windows 10.
Looking for ways to upgrade? We’ve got your options next.
Ways to Upgrade to Windows 10
When upgrading to Windows 10, you do have a few different options that you’ll want to consider. One upgrade option might be more cost effective for you than another, so it’s a good idea to see what’s on the table for your upgrade choices.
Option 1: Upgrading Your Current Computer
If your current computer isn’t too old and it meets Windows 10 system requirements, then you can purchase the software and upgrade your current PC.
You can purchase and download the operating system directly from Microsoft, starting at $139.00 for Windows 10 Home or $199.99 for Windows 10 Pro.
If you’re wondering if the extra money is worth going with Windows Pro, we’ll go over some of the additional features. Windows Pro comes with everything Windows Home has, plus:
BitLocker and Windows Defender Antivirus
Remote desktop capability
Azure Active Directory
Management tools for single sign on and more device control
Sandboxing and additional security features
Option 2: Buying a New Computer
If your current computer is 4-5 years old, then it may make sense for you to upgrade it in conjunction with the end of Windows 7. Just about any new computer you purchase will come with Windows 10 already installed.
Generally, the consumer PCs will come with Windows 10 Home and the business-class PCs will come with Windows 10 Pro.
Option 3: Subscribe to Microsoft 365
If you’re an Office 365 user and you have several business computers to move from Windows 7 to 10, then you might want to consider an upgrade in your cloud service subscription to Microsoft 365.
Microsoft 365 includes:
Office 365 Business Premium
Mobile device manager (Microsoft Intune)
Additional security features
Microsoft 365 Business is $20/user/month. So, if you’re using Office 365 Business Premium already, that’s an additional $7.50/user/month, which might be worth it to you for the additional benefits.
But if you’re currently using Office 365 Business (not Premium), it’s a much bigger jump of $11.75 (more than double) per user/month.
Option 4: Switch to Windows Virtual Desktop
If you are planning to replace your computer and want to consider cloud options, Microsoft recently introduced the Windows Virtual Desktop, which comes with Windows 10.
A virtual desktop still needs to have a physical device to access it, like a computer or mobile device, but that access point doesn’t need to be nearly as robust and can be fairly stripped down since all your programs and storage will be based in the cloud.
The Windows Virtual desktop basically lets you take your computer with you anywhere you go because you can access it from anywhere. One drawback may be that you need an internet connection to connect to a virtual desktop.
Pricing is not quite as straight forward because it depends upon a variety of factors and includes purchase of an Azure plan. They do offer a free trial and offer customers “pay as you go” pricing. It’s best to discuss this option with an authorized reseller.
Get Help with a Smooth Upgrade to Windows 10 Today!
Upgrading your operating system can be tricky and if it’s not done right can result in problems with data migration or upgrades getting stuck during the process. Save yourself the trouble by having Pro Tech Guy upgrade your PC for you.
Contact us today to schedule your Window 10 upgrade. Call 508-364-8189 or reach us online.