Windows 10 Migration: Why Replacing Devices is Better for Your Budget
By Carlos Soto - May 14, 2019
Microsoft is set to end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, and businesses that are still on old operating systems (like this and even Windows XP) are racing to complete a Windows 10 migration. But instead of upgrading existing devices, many organizations are questioning whether it makes more sense to just replace them altogether.
What to Do if You’re Still on Windows 7
If your business is still using Windows 7, your options are:
- Ignore the deadline and stay on Windows 7
- Switch to Apple or Linux
- Upgrade your existing devices
- Replace your devices
While ignoring the deadline is a choice, it’s certainly not a wise one. If you want to keep running it, Microsoft does offer Windows 7 end of life “extended support,” but at a hefty cost. If you can’t afford the price tag, then you take the risk of having unsupported, un-updated, and non-patched apps, operating systems, and devices which are a favorite target for lurking cyber-attackers looking to break into networks, infiltrate with viruses, or steal valuable data, causing damaging downtime for your business.
Instead, you could switch to Apple devices or even Linux software. Transitioning to Apple would make employees who enjoy iPhones and Macs happier and possibly more productive, and free OS updates and improved security are an added bonus. In terms of value, Apple devices do tend to cost more initially, but there’s a popular argument that they last longer so it’s worth the expense. Plus, just like with Windows machines, Macs are also available from some managed IT services providers (MSPs). However, if you’re set on keeping Windows systems and PCs, you may want to consider the last two options on the list.
Updating Current Devices vs. Replacing Them
IT spending and infrastructure upgrades remain constant concerns for growing businesses, so the need to go with the most cost-effective option that will deliver the biggest impact to operations is a top priority.
It may seem like upgrading current machines would be the least expensive option. Microsoft charges businesses between $120 to $200 per license to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, which seems a lot cheaper than a new device...at first.
However, Intel has been crunching the numbers and has found that replacing devices completely during your Windows 10 migration may be cheaper in the long run and comes with multiple other advantages. When examining older PCs, they found:
- One workday each year is lost waiting for a computer that’s over four years old to boot up
- 42 productive work hours/year are lost on average during repairs of older computers
- Performance and efficiency are often degraded when running multiple applications on a PC that is four years old or more
When comparing older devices and newer computers powered by 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processors, Intel discovered:
- A new PC running Windows 10 provides 40 percent faster data analysis than a 4-year-old PC running Windows 10
- New PCs are twice as better at multitasking than these older devices
- Running Windows 10 on a newer PC delivers an overall performance that’s up to 80 percent better than older PCs
Knowing this makes it difficult to decide between going the easy route and upgrading existing devices, or forking out the dough for new devices that could improve employee satisfaction, office productivity, and possibly, business success.
Windows 10 Migration Shouldn’t Be Taken Lightly
Starting the move from Windows 7 now is your best bet to keep your business safe, your operations compliant, and your data secure before support ends in January. Whether you decide to upgrade or replace your devices, your Windows 10 migration strategy needs to include a decision on which Windows 10 edition is appropriate for your growing business, and an evaluation of the current applications your organization uses to make sure they’re compatible (Microsoft has a great website for this). If they’re not – and you don’t think you can resolve the problem before time is up – then you may have to pay for extended support despite the cost.
At CompuCom, we can help you evaluate your current IT infrastructure, including current devices and applications, so you can better decide how to prepare your business for the technology changes that lie ahead.