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Plan Now to Avoid Windows XP Deja Vu With Windows 7

Published: 09 July 2014

ID: G00263779

Analyst(s): Michael Silver , Stephen Kleynhans


The end of Windows 7 support seems far away, but the time between when Windows 9 may ship and support for Windows 7 will end is about the same as from when Windows 7 shipped and when Windows XP support ended. CIOs and endpoint computing managers must begin planning now to avoid problems.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Improvements to Windows 8 Help Enable Adoption
  • Upgrading Windows Gets Easier, but Problems Will Persist


  • Option 1: Plan to Deploy Windows 8.1 and Latest Updates on All New PCs Starting in Early 2015 to Ensure Windows 7 Is Eliminated Before Support Ends, as Part of a Strategy That Embraces Managed Diversity
  • Option 2: Deploy Windows 8 as Needed by Exception, but, for the Most Part, Try to Skip Windows 8
  • Option 2A: Budget for Increased Spending to Migrate PCs From Windows 7 to Windows v.Next or v.Future in 2018 and 2019
  • Option 2B: Expect to Still Have Windows 7 After Support for It Ends in 2020, and Budget to Pay for Microsoft Custom Support for at Least One Year
  • Overall Recommendations
    • Do Some Due Diligence Work on Windows 8, Even If You Are Not Planning to Deploy It
    • Don't Upgrade Existing Windows 7 PCs to Windows 8 Without a Business Case
    • Ensure All Windows 8 Devices Are Up to Date With the Latest Update for Windows 8, and Establish a Process to Rapidly Embrace Future Similar Updates

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