Stalled: Windows 7-to-Windows 10 Upgrades

7/15/2020 reports that companies’ pre-COVID push to upgrade old (and now-dangerously insecure) Windows 7 PCs to the next-generation Windows 10 OS has temporarily stalled. Not only that, analysts say the number of US-based Windows 7 machines may have actually risen by several million, as newly sequestered workers dust off and press into service, older, infrequently used PCs. While arguably practical, such a move is clearly risky. Despite well-publicized reports of virus-related phishing, malware and ransomware attacks–plus Microsoft’s ceasing of W7 support and security updates in January–a whopping 26% of all desktops still run on Windows 7. Meanwhile, Windows 10 adoption from February to March slid by about one-percentage point. As the world readjusts and companies begin to rebound, opportunities to resume neglected software and system upgrades will come. As they do, one of TeamLogic IT’s highest recommendations is to update every Windows 7 PC with the latest version of Windows 10. For efficiency, consider making any necessary associated hardware upgrades at the same time.

Bottom line: The sooner you ask for help, the better prepared you’ll be to move forward. Continuing to put off upgrades exposes your organization–and its customers–to avoidable risk, which grows even harder to justify as time passes. Recall that benefits include enhanced system performance, as well as increases in worker satisfaction, security and productivity.

To restart your upgrades, contact TeamLogic IT.