Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to a new PC running Windows 10 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available. The good news is that you can still upgrade your pc to Windows 10 for free by downloading the Windows 10 Download Tool located here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
Speak with your IT staff about using this opportunity to also upgrade your PC’s hardware with a new SSD and additional RAM. This can help offset some performance issues when upgrading older hardware to the newer version. Additionally, this may be a good time to evaluate your entire hardware inventory and buy new PCs, while leaving a few older (upgraded) PCs as spares, just in case.
While we would rather not think about some of these potential problems, viruses and ransomware have the potential to shut your entire business down for days and sometimes weeks without any warning. In 2019, ransomware infected companies faced an average downtime of 9.6 days after being infected. The average Ransomware payment in 2019 was over approximately $36,000, not including downtime and productivity costs, which can be estimated at 5-10 times the ransom amount; not to mention the cost to your business reputation.
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