By Jon Apter on Oct 13, 2017

Beware! New PCs will no longer support Windows 7

Vendors such as Dell, HP and Lenovo will no longer be selling PCs that support Windows 7 or 8.  This means that when you purchase new PCs for your office, they will arrive with new Intel processors that ONLY support Windows 10. Read on to see how this will affect your business.

This past April, Intel released their 7th generation of processor called "Kaby Lake." These new processors are being used in all the new PCs from major manufacturers, and they are only compatible with Windows 10.

Here's what it means:

  • You will not be able to downgrade the new PCs to older versions of Windows. While this is true, it doesn't mean that your current Windows 7 devices need an immediate upgrade! Windows 7 will still be supported until January 14, 2020 by Microsoft.

  • You may end up with a mixed environment. When you order new PCs, they will arrive with Windows 10. If you are still on Windows 7, this means you will have a "mixed" environment in your office, and your users will need to be aware of the different versions. If you are an Ntiva client and think you will need user acceptance training, please reach out to us and we will be happy to assist. 
  • Line of Business Applications. This is a bit trickier. Many businesses have specific applications that ONLY work with Windows 7.  There might be a need to perform major application upgrades or come up with other workarounds. If you are an Ntiva client, please engage your Ntiva technician as soon as possible to start the discussions as this process can take time, depending on the vendor.
  • Hardware considerations. Regardless of the version of your operating system, choosing devices always comes down to your specific business needs. Do you need to be mobile? Will you be performing heavy workloads such as rendering or working with high definition graphics? Be sure to consult with us on finding the best hardware and software for you. Keep in mind that Ntiva passes both equipment and software on to our clients at cost!

We hope you find this information helpful, and as always reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Jon Apter

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