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Introduction

Have you or your organization been talking about Windows 10 for quite a few years now? You might have wanted to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, but for whatever reason, this has not been possible. The reasons might be due to application compatibility, financial reasons, or some internal resistance.

Here are some interesting findings from a survey by Spiceworks:

  • 79% of all organizations had at least one Windows 7 machine in their environment.
  • 32% of all organizations had at least one Windows XP machine in their environment.

A few months back, Microsoft reported that Windows 7 support would end by January 14, 2020, and any extra support will now incur a cost.

According to Thurrot.com, the following pricing will be:

Year 1 – January 2020 – January 2021
$25 per device/year for Windows 7 Enterprise, $50 for Windows 7 Professional
Year 2 – January 2021 – January 2022

$50 per device/year for Windows 7 Enterprise, $100 for Windows 7 Professional
Year 3 – January 2022 – January 2023

$100 per device/year for Windows 7 Enterprise, $200 for Windows 7 Professional

In this blog post, I will list a few crucial reasons why you need to upgrade the workstations in your organization to Windows 10 in 2019.

Why you need to upgrade to Windows 10 in 2019

There are many reasons why you need to upgrade to Windows 10 in 2019.

Microsoft had an offer for customers to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. This offer ended by the end of 2016.

ZDNet has, however made a blog post.

In this blog post, I review different reasons, such as:

  • Support reasons
  • Financial reasons
  • Security reasons

Support reasons

Microsoft support

As I mentioned in the introduction, Microsoft will remove support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.

Refer to the Windows lifecycle fact sheet for more information.

Support within your organization

Supporting several operating systems is time-consuming and non-efficient.

Financial reasons

Mentioned in the introduction, staying on Windows 7 will incur extra support costs.

Security reasons

Windows 10 is a much more secure operating system than Windows 7 or earlier systems. With features included in the Windows Defender suite:

Windows Defender Antivirus

Windows Defender Antivirus is a built-in antivirus solution in Windows 10.

From the start, it received a bad rep for not catching all viruses and malware. However, the latest research shows that Windows Defender Antivirus is just as capable as the competitors in catching these.

In a recent test conducted by AV-Test, Windows Defender Antivirus scored the highest scores compared to its competitors.

You might choose another provider for other reasons, but solely for antivirus, Windows Defender Antivirus is good enough.

Windows Defender Antivirus also has integration with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), which is a great deal for system administrators.

Windows Defender Credential Guard

Windows Defender Credential Guard stops so-called pass-the-hash attacks, where a hacker successfully elevates to system context and retrieves hashes of the passwords stored on the device. The hashes can be reverse-engineered, and now you have a significant potential threat.

Windows Defender Application Guard

With Windows Defender Application Guard it is possible to white- or blacklist applications.

Usually, organizations choose one of these options.

Windows Defender Exploit Guard (Windows Defender AG)

Windows Defender Exploit Guard (Windows Defender AG) offers the following security features:

  • Attack surface reduction rules
  • Exploit protection
  • Network protection
  • Controlled folder access

Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC)

Read more about the product at Microsoft Docs.

Conclusion

You should start to move to Windows 10 if you are not already there. Although the added support cost might sound trivial, you have all the additional benefits such as increased security.

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