Did you know that about half of all enterprise computers are still running the Windows 7 operating system? Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will become obsolete in January 2020, which means that these enterprise computers will no longer receive software updates, putting users at significant risk for cyber breaches, crashes, and other potentially unfixable and costly issues. In addition, businesses will be charged for every device that still uses Windows 7 after the cutoff date.
Do your business computers still operate on Windows 7? If so, don’t worry – there’s time to transition to Windows 10 for business use before support for your current system ends. However, it’s important to understand the requirements and be proactive to keep your business running smoothly.
Windows 7 Timeline
In 2009, Microsoft debuted Windows 7. By 2014, Microsoft began preparing for Windows 7’s end of life by stopping retail sales of the operating system. In 2015, mainstream support for Windows 7 ended. Soon after, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 will become obsolete in January 2020, and extended support for the operating system will end.
This lack of support puts Windows 7 users at significant risk for cyber breaches, crashes, and other potentially unfixable and expensive problems. If a business wishes to avoid these risks, it will come at a cost. Microsoft announced that it will start charging a monthly fee to customers who still use Windows 7 after the cutoff, if they want to keep their computers safe. Additionally, Microsoft also stated that the cost of this will increase every year until 2023 when the paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) end.
There are many factors to consider when planning a Windows 10 corporate upgrade. Take a look at how BLM Technologies helped a major national bank stay ahead of the phase-out deadline.
Upgrading a Major National Bank to Windows 10
One of the nation’s largest banks sought to upgrade all of their PC’s operating systems to Windows 10 in a very short period of time. The bank called on BLM Technologies, their long-time trusted technology partner, to complete the upgrade.
The lifecycle refresh (LCR) team at this major national bank began discussing the updates with BLM Technologies in 2017. By September 2018, 13 months after starting the project, BLM had upgraded more than 30,000 PCs to Windows 10 at 1,000+ bank locations in all 50 states. The amount of PCs to be updated increased significantly throughout the project, and BLM Technologies responded with the hiring of more technicians to ensure quick turnarounds. Because of the FlexForce program, BLM Technologies was able to take on and successfully accomplish this large-scale project in a short amount of time and stay ahead of the Windows 7 phase-out deadline.
The implementation of this strategy has allowed the bank’s technicians to save time and focus on other important business activities as BLM’s technicians handled updates, with each workstation taking approximately 20-30 minutes per update, or 60 minutes including data backups.
BLM Technologies was also able to provide the bank peace of mind as they got ahead of the Windows 7 phase-out deadline and avoided paying a monthly fee to keep their computers safe. Additionally, proactive measures were taken to keep computers secure with the Windows 10 upgrade, which includes software updates to help prevent cyber breaches, crashes, and other potentially unfixable and costly issues.
There are many factors to consider when planning a Windows 10 corporate upgrade. To learn more about the details and process of upgrading 30,000+ PC operating systems to Windows 10 for a major national bank, take a look at the Windows 10 Case Study. If your company has 10 or more computers that need to be updated, we can help! Contact us today.