The dangers of doing nothing
If your school has devices which are still running Windows 7 after January 14th 2020, you will be vulnerable to:
- Cyber-attacks and viruses. Microsoft will not be providing any new security patches and as such, devices running Windows 7 will be at high risk of cyber-attacks. In addition, updates from most Anti-virus vendors will stop coming through, adding further risks to security breaches. It’s worth considering that cyber-attacks affect nearly 50% of UK establishments!¹
- Additional costs. Older devices cost more money in maintenance, repairs and efficiency than new devices, in fact devices older than 4 years can cost small businesses (including schools) over £1,300 in maintenance, repairs and lost productivity when compared to new Windows devices².
- Reduced productivity. Older devices run slower and with less battery life than newer models. For example, the latest recommended HP ProBook boots up in 23 seconds, up to 50 seconds faster than a 5 year old device!³. In addition, the latest HP ProBook has a battery life in excess of 10 hours, meaning no disruptions to your lessons.
Even without purchasing new devices, there may still be options to transition to Windows 10 using your existing computers. Either way, you should aim to do this before the January 14th 2020 deadline.
Carry out an audit of your technology and identify the devices that will be affected. You’ll need to plan which can be upgraded to Windows 10 and which will need replacing. It’s worth considering if you need to replace your devices like for like, or if you can streamline your estate with cloud technologies.
Work out a timeline for making the necessary changes and plan to take action well in advance of the deadline. Even if it seems daunting, it’s better to start your planning late than not at all!
Before any upgrades or replacements happen, make sure you’ve backed up all your data, including anything stored locally on your devices.
Ensure your teachers and learners can get the maximum benefits out of your migration and use Windows 10 as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Consider a range of options before replacing your hardware, whether that’s getting up to £100 cashback per device with the HP Trade in or spreading costs further with leasing.Use our cost calculator
HP Trade in & Leasing
Save thousands on your migration costs!
Before you purchase anything, make sure you look into the HP Trade in and leasing as they can save your school thousands and still allow you to migrate your devices and infrastructure safely to Windows 10, later Server Operating Systems or the cloud, whatever your route.
The HP Trade in option allows you to purchase new HP Windows 10 compatible devices and receive up to £100 cash back when you trade in older hardware.
Leasing can help you get 3x the amount of hardware for the same money or hardware at 1/3 of the yearly cost. By spreading your migration costs over 3 years, you can complete your transition, secure your network and not break the bank.
¹Cyber security breaches survey 2017, main report, Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute , April 2017. ²Small Business PC Study, TechAisle, 2016. ³Based on RM performance tests of the HP ProBook 450 G6 (i5-8265U, 8GB, 256GB NVMe™ SSD) vs. RM NB320 (i5-3210M, 4GB, 160GB HDD)