Companies that still use Windows 7, must prepare for end of support by January 14, 2020. While 4 options are shared, #4 is the only viable one for future security/feature support by Microsoft.

If your business is still running on Windows 7, you have some important decisions to make, and not a lot of time remaining. Windows 7 support officially ends in less than a year, on January 14, 2020. After that date, Microsoft will stop delivering security updates automatically, and by then most third-party vendors will have dropped support as well.

Option 1: Switch to Linux — if you’re willing to completely replace your desktop infrastructure and switch out every productivity app you use, that’s a preferable alternative to the next option on the list.

Option 2: Do nothing — On January 25, 2020, Windows 7 won’t stop working. In fact, you’re unlikely to notice any changes. If you feel lucky, this is certainly an option. You might even consider the lack of monthly updates a welcome feature.

Option 3: Pay for extended support — Microsoft offered to continue delivering patches for XP devices owned by large organizations that paid for Custom Support Agreements. But those contracts didn’t come cheap. Only very large enterprise customers could even qualify

Option 4: Bite the bullet and upgrade — If you don’t have any compatibility issues that need to be addressed first, the simplest and most straightforward route is to put together a deployment plan and begin executing it. But the details of that plan matter, especially if you want to avoid the headaches of the “Windows as a service” model. The easiest upgrade path is via hardware replacement. The obvious choice for most businesses is Windows 10 Pro, but I strongly suggest considering an additional upgrade to the Enterprise version