Windows 7 is an operating system created and sold by Microsoft. Released in summer 2009, it is available in several different editions. Professional and Enterprise are the most common editions used by companies.
Windows 7 is still used as an operating system in many enterprises. However, on January 14, 2020 Microsoft will stop issuing free security updates to the software. Microsoft announced last September that it would offer paid security updates for Windows 7 to businesses until January 2023. However, these updates only provide a temporary solution and organizations are advised to migrate to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
Windows 7 migration
Enterprises and companies that do not update to a newer version of Windows run the risk of being targeted by hackers. Furthermore, businesses who do not protect their data may be open to compliance and regulatory issues.
In 2017, the WannaCry ransomware gained global coverage as it locked up 300,000 PCs. Most of these computers were running on Windows 7. At the time, the UK National Health Service had over 1 million PC’s running on the software. To ensure your organization is safer from threats, it is important to migrate to a newer version of Windows. In terms of compatibility, most computers that are running Windows 7 should also be able to run Windows 10.
Microsoft provides the Media Creation Tool to enable Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 professional users to upgrade their version from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without losing files or wiping their devices. If you are planning to migrate to a different version of Windows, always ensure that you make a full backup of your files beforehand.
Upgrading with a Windows 7 Enterprise license
The media creation tool does not support Windows 10 Enterprise for upgrades, creating installation media or downloading ISO files. Windows 10 Enterprise is required if you are upgrading from Windows 7 Enterprise.
There is a recovery option which lasts for 10 days and allows users to go back to Windows 7. This can be helpful in the case that was an issue with the installation.