The end of Windows 7 Support has already arrived.
Don't Pay for Procrastination

Microsoft’s January 2020 deadline for Windows 7 users to make the transition to Windows 10—or face new support fees on a per-device basis that increase each year—has already passed. For those that failed to migrate before the cutoff date, here’s what your Windows 7 support cost will now look like.

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**Yearly multiplier is calculated according to Microsoft’s set standard requiring companies to purchase previous year(s)’ support as well as the current year’s support if not purchased in the first year. This means that businesses will not only have to pay increasing support prices each year, but they will also have to shoulder the burden of purchasing previous updates.

For each additional year, the Windows 7 support cost will double for each device until it is unavailable entirely at the end of 2022. Those using Windows 7 Enterprise will pay $25 per machine. This doubles to $50 in the second year and goes up to $100 for the third year. Staying on Windows 7 Pro is going to cost even more. ESUs will start at $50 before going up to $100 in year two and $200 during year three. If your company hasn’t already made the switch, it is past time to start planning your migration.

Have you paid for extended support for 2020 yet?


The Importance of Maintaining Windows Support

Organizations that fail to maintain Windows support open their company to data breaches, known viruses, and other vulnerabilities. There is still the option to purchase Windows7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs), potentially securing Windows 7 support for businesses through January 2023 at a higher cost, but those updates won’t last forever, and your company will fall behind the industry as you delay the transition to Windows 10.

Microsoft isn’t just pushing companies to move away from Windows 7; the technology giant is also encouraging organizations to move to enterprise licensing. Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Office 2010 EOS FAQ reveals that companies running Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 E5 Security, and Government E5 plans will receive the first year of Windows 7 ESUs free, saving those businesses significant OPEX spend on Windows 7 support cost before they make the move.

Those looking to rely on those ESUs, however, do not include new features, customer-requested non-security updates, or design change requests. Additionally, the security updates move on Microsoft’s schedule—not yours.

While your CFO might hesitate to approve an IT project that wasn’t originally planned in the budget, making the move to Windows 10 saves your company significantly more in the long run. Paying Windows 7 support costs, or purchasing Windows 7 ESUs, is merely delaying the inevitable.

One important point to consider is your current machines’ capabilities to run Windows 10. If your machines have the below specs, they are capable of running Windows 10.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC

  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS

  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

  • Display: 800 x 600 resolution

Whether you like it or not, your organization will need to transition to Windows 10—and sooner rather than later.

Avoid Additional Windows 7 Support Cost with a Well-Prepared Windows 10 Migration

If your organization hasn’t already mapped out its path to Windows 10, throwing together a migration plan now might seem ill-advised. After all, without proper planning, your Windows 10 migration initiative could find itself stalled by hurdles that could easily have been avoided with the necessary amount of foresight.

Horror stories of lengthy, unplanned downtime and loss of employee productivity due to lack of planning and training have surfaced as companies scramble to beat the deadline without the necessary preparation for a migration of this scale. With these warning tales, some organizations are reluctant to take the plunge while their lean IT teams are distracted with other projects. Your operations can’t afford the risk of having productivity heavily impacted by the migration process.

Your company can’t afford a lapse in Windows support, and you won’t have the option available to purchase smaller 6-month increments of Windows 7 support, meaning you’re locked into the full cost for the 12-month period. This buys you time during the next year to plan your transition. If you choose to wait until later to purchase Windows 7 ESUs, you will have to pay for the preceding years as well since, according to Microsoft, all security updates are cumulative starting January 2020.

However, that doesn’t alter the fact that you’re taking on an unnecessary OPEX drain by not making the transition. What does that mean for companies unable to break away from their current strategic tasks to ensure a smooth migration?

It’s Time to Turn to the Experts.

Your IT team can be as scalable as you need with the right IT solutions partner. With tens of thousands of migrations completed, and multiple simultaneous migrations underway across the globe, CentricsIT is ready to start your migration plan, anytime, anywhere.

The CentricsIT team of top technology specialists and engineers have developed a Center of Excellence operational offering that leverages several of our core capabilities for a complete asset solution. With our expertise in and use of best-in-class tools, CentricsIT delivers a unified, organized result.

Our team of Windows experts will also help you negotiate new contracts with Microsoft for your Windows 10 licenses and determine the ability of your devices to run Windows 10.

CentricsIT provides complete OEM-agnostic asset lifecycle management solutions all around the globe. With a network of experienced engineers ready to deploy to your site, no matter where you are in the world, avoiding the Windows 7 support cost is easier than you think.

Whether you need a team to help you migrate existing devices to Windows 10 to avoid Windows 7 support costs, or to deploy new devices with Windows 10 installed with a preserved existing user environment to ease the transition, CentricsIT is here with industry knowledge and Windows 10 migration experience to get the project done in the timeline you need.


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