#32: Windows 7 Must Die

Windows 7 Must Die

In this episode of The Power Up Project, we cover:

>Windows 7 free support will be ending early next year.

>Why it’s important that you let go of Windows 7 and update to the latest OS.

Transcript:

In this episode of The Power Up Project, we talk about why Windows 7 must die.

Welcome back to The Power Up Project. I’m your host Ben Love, and today we’re going to be talking about why Windows 7 must die.

Now, what do I mean by that? I mean, that this is a very old operating system. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was a real favourite of mine. I was big fan of Windows 7, but it was released in 2009. Now, it’s currently 2019, that’s 10 years. That’s 10 human years, and technology is working even faster than dog years, so 10 years is a long time for an operating system like this to be around.

So Microsoft have announced, and have been talking about it for a long time, that Windows 7 will be going end of life in early 2020. Now that’s not far away. That’s a little over six months away, as of now. But so what does this actually mean for the operating system to go end of life, or EOL? Well, let’s take a little bit more of a step back, and say, what does is mean to be running a 10-year-old operating system? First of all, there’s a good chance that if you are running Windows 7 on a 10-year-old operating system, you may actually have 10-year-old hardware out there as well. Now, 10-year-old hardware is going to be slow, and it’s going to be problematic. That is the first thing. You’ve also got the 10-year-old operating system, which means that you’re are missing out on a huge amount of features and usability that is being introduced and developed in the years since.

But very importantly, too, is we’re starting to see compatibility issues where Windows 7 will not run a lot of the apps that people are really wanting to run these days, particularly with such massive uptake of Office 365, and a lot of the newer stuff there. You don’t want to be on Windows 7 trying to use this stuff.

We’re also seeing, because Windows 10 is becoming so prevalent in organisations, where those organisations do have a handful of computers left still running on Windows 7, there is a very inconsistent user experience between them. Sitting down and using a Windows 7 machine, is actually very different to using a modern Windows 10 machine, so it’s a lot harder to convey training, and staff productivity between staff there, when you’re talking about essentially how to use very different systems.

So what does all of this mean for you? It means one thing, it means you need to understand whether you have any Windows 7 computers still in your fleet, and you need to factor replacing those into your rolling upgrade cycle. Now, just on that point, you do have a rolling upgrade cycle? Don’t you? By that I mean, that if we assume a useful working life for a computer in a business environment of three years, then that sort of tells us that every year we probably have to be budgeting to replace proactively, a third of our computers. Now, you don’t have to be as proactive as that, especially in smaller networks and smaller environments, but it is a very good thing for you to be thinking about replacing your computers proactively on some sort of a three to five year cycle, so that you are keeping things current, and you’re not waiting til computers get slow, and buggy, and problematic, and start really damaging that productivity.

So your take home for today, the thing I need you to do, is understand if you have any Windows 7 computers in your fleet, and that is a very easy question to ask, you just need to talk to your IT provider, to your MSP, and ask them, because they will be able to provide you with a full list, a full report on all of your computer hardware out there, including what operating system it’s on. And if you do have any Windows 7 machines out there, let’s get rid of them. Hey. Put it in the budget, get it done straight away, get it done in six months, but don’t let it sit there, let’s move those Windows 7 computers onto the great computer operating system pasture in the sky. Their day is done.

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