The first step in creating a roadmap for Windows 7 EoS is ensuring that every part of your hardware and software environment is accounted for. By taking inventory of all software and device assets, your organization can estimate how much time, labor, and money will be required for this migration.
Documenting assets is also important to ensure the compatibility of software and devices with the operating system that will succeed your Windows 7 deployment. There are basically three options how to move forward: upgrade to Windows 10, use Windows Virtual Desktop or opt for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. Especially with an upgrade to Windows 10, compatibility issues can arise. For example, certain legacy programs may run at sub-optimal quality, meaning that your organization may want to consider upgrading or replacing old software. For some organizations, they may find some of their machines do not support Windows 10, requiring an investment towards new hardware.
Documentation is also vital to ensure that your assets on machines running Windows 7 can be backed up safely. Without a proper backup process, your organization could be at risk of significant data loss.