How to Approach the Windows 7 to 10 Migration

As the final months of Windows 7 support tick down, it's time to manage enterprise migrations to Windows 10

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

August 1, 2019

1 Min Read
How to Approach the Windows 7 to 10 Migration

In just six months, Microsoft will close out a decade of vendor support for Windows.

This looming deadline has been highlighted by plenty of coverage, including white papers and webinars which have focused on planning and making the move to Windows 10.

The reality is that there are just months remaining on the support side for Windows 7. Perhaps this has added a sense of urgency to any IT pros’ planned migration work in this area. While urgency is unavoidable, it doesn’t have to lead to frantic or sloppy work: We’ll walk you through a methodical understanding and approach about migrating to Windows.

For organizations who have not started any of this work on the Windows 7 to 10 migration, consider ITPro Today’s recent Windows 7 to Windows 10 Migration Buyer’s Guide a starting point to help identify potential service providers that can get that process moving forward.

There are plenty of areas around Windows as a Service (WaaS) and modern computing that can be challenging for some organizations. It is a monumental shift from system updates that used to occur once every three to four to new Windows 10 feature updates every six months. Add integration with the cloud for other services such as Microsoft 365, Office 365, and Microsoft Azure, and even more challenges are introduced.

This report will cover why organizations have to upgrade; how to assess the resources organizations will need before, during and after their upgrade process; how to steer an organization through a planned upgrade; and what life after Windows 10 migration will be like.

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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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