Windows 7 End of Life is Here, How to Upgrade to Windows 10

Jan 13, 2020

Windows 7 End of Life is Here, How to Upgrade to Windows 10

BY Chris Brunau

Cybersecurity MSP Best Practices

With the Windows 7 End of Life coming on 1/14, there’s still time to upgrade if you have not already.

If you don’t upgrade, you are significantly increasing your chances of falling victim to a number of cybersecurity threats. Current EOL Windows versions only get upgrades on dire security threats like BlueKeep, after malware has already compromised millions of systems.

If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended on January 14, 2020, your PC will still work, but it may become more vulnerable to security risks.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10

CNET provides some simple tips to upgrade to Windows 10 and we have outlined them below.

  1. Go to the Download Windows 10 website.
  2. Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download tool now and Run.
  3. Choose Upgrade this PC now, assuming this is the only PC you're upgrading. (If you're upgrading a different machine, choose Create installation media for another PC, and save the installation files.)
  4. Follow the prompts.
  5. When the upgrade is complete, go to Settings Update & Security > Activation, and you should see a digital license for Windows 10.

Better yet, it’s possible to do it for free through Microsoft if you are upgrading and not doing a fresh install.

Benefits of End of Life and Upgrading to Windows 10

While it may seem like a nuisance, this will benefit your IT team in the long run. In addition to the aforementioned patches, support, and multiple devices, there are a variety of ways you will benefit.

  • Malware Mitigation: Windows 10 allows you to protect user identities, devices, and information with a comprehensive solution. Protect endpoints from cyber threats; detect advanced attacks and data breaches, automate security incident response and improve security posture with Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
  • Simplified and Consistent Updates: Users can easily deploy, manage, and update devices anywhere.
  • Flexible Management: Windows 10 Enterprise enables comprehensive endpoint management that simplifies identity, device and application management, powered by the cloud. With flexible device management options, IT can deploy, manage, and update devices anywhere employees need to work.

To learn more about the Windows 7 end of life and the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10, check out Microsofts support information. For more about how Datto RMM can help your upgrade and migration, check out our recent webinar. In this webinar recording we demonstrate how MSPs can leverage Datto RMM to quickly build a business case for the best course of action and then execute a smooth migration at scale.

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