10/27/18
Brice Bunner
Asset Management

Microsoft 10 Update: making the most of your business IT assets

    

Image ©: The InquirerUpgrading is a double-edged sword, isn’t it? On one hand you’ve got a shiny new work toy, but on the other you kind of miss the comfortable interface of your older device. Wouldn’t it be grand if we could have the updated software on that older (not to mention paid for) device?

You may have heard that Microsoft is discontinuing their extended support of Windows 7 by the end of 2019 (January 14th of 2020, to be precise). This means many users are, or already have, begun the process of refreshing their PCs and laptops in conjunction with the upgrade to Windows 10—even with its foibles. The thinking is that older machines either can’t run Windows 10 or can’t run it effectively, thus the change in newer hardware becomes the only option. But there is far more to this story.

Make sure the change is necessary

The first point to make here is that most PCs that run Windows 7 are perfectly able to run W10. In fact, Windows 10 is the MAR (Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher) standard. This means a new primary device upgrade is not always needed. However, you might find some of your peripherals won’t make the jump quite as well, because of the drivers.

For this reason, it’s a good idea to determine exactly what needs to be upgraded or decommissioned before committing to a company-wide refresh. It could be that you only need to upgrade your printers, for instance, to work with the W10 update, rather than all the desktops across your office, which could triple the cost.

Another concern to consider is the re-orientation needed whenever upgrading. When you refresh complete systems, the uptick is quite longer than if you’re only swapping software. This, of course is only if the older devices you have are still optimally operational; if you’ve got sticking keys, damaged RAM, or compromised hard drives, it might be time for a new device. Which leads us to our next point:

What do you do with the old stuff?

When you’ve determined that you, indeed, have a case to upgrade, then you will want to:

  • Know the value of your retired PCs – find the intrinsic value for each device and factor this data into your budgeting for the overall project. There is still value on most retired business devices.
  • Consider using an ITAD partner – finding a partner who can repair, refurbish, and then share the sales revenue on re-sales will increase any yield you could hope to capture from retired devices.
  • Consider employee purchasing – a customized employee purchase program to market refreshed devices to employees becomes an added benefit for your business overall.

By approaching your business IT with a sustainable mindset, you can find a number of ways to make the most of your next upgrade—when it’s truly needed. And, when it comes to the Windows 10 update, don’t sweat it; the right ITAD partner can help you make the most of it.

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