Upgrading Your Operating System

osWith a new operating system comes very important backend updates. As a user, we only see the front end of the product. Sure, it may look better, but what are they doing behind the scenes?

Manufacturers regularly release updates to fix bugs, patch any possible security breaches and ensure the general usability of your operating system. This means that without these important features, we are left open to possible attacks and loss of productivity.

The other important, and regularly overlooked, fall-back of not upgrading your operating system is that over time these products fall out of support and/or become end of life.

Microsoft have 2 stages of support before the product becomes end of life.

  1. Mainstream Support – Allows the user to make suggestions on changes to the design and features, paid support, security and non-security updates are released to consumers, and users can still make hardware warranty claims.
  1. Extended Support – Warranty claims, requests to change features are no longer available. Microsoft only release security updates and will only support if you pay for one of their support offerings.

Once the product becomes end of life, Microsoft will no longer release security updates and will no longer support the product at all. This could potentially leave your business vulnerable to Cyber-attacks, and if your operating system encounters a bug, Microsoft will not help you.

Users often upgrade their hardware to ensure it’s no older than 5 years but often forget to upgrade the operating system. It’s very important to upgrade your software before this end of life stage to avoid any potential disasters.

Did you know that Windows 7 was released in 2009 and is now 7 years old? Are you still using Windows 7?

Talk to TCT about conducting an operating system audit for your business.

Robert Brown
01/12/2016

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