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Prepare for Windows 7 end of life before time runs out
This article is part of the Access issue of July 2018, Vol. 2, No. 4
End of life for Windows 7 is rapidly approaching, and the criticality of this date is that Microsoft will no longer support the operating system nor provide security updates. Headlines barrage us daily with details of new cybersecurity threats, and the desktop is certainly one device that cannot exist without security updates. Windows 7 end of life is Jan. 14, 2020. Many enterprise desktops already sport newer operating systems, but a large percentage is still based on the nine-year-old Windows 7. Reasons may include the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," no time or money or energy, or the ease of maintaining the status quo. Either way, time is running out. While 18 months may seem like plenty of time, planning for a major change that affects every enterprise user will take every bit of that. Let's review the hurdles that administrators must overcome for Windows 7 end of life, considerations for moving to Windows 10 or other systems and next steps. Business hurdles for Windows 7 end of life Especially after the Windows...
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