EoL for Win 7 in a year!

Hello Experts - I've started planning for the year and one thing on my mind is the EoL for Win 7 Pro in Jan of next year.  I counted my PCs up and about half of them are still running Win7.  I'm curious to see if others are in the same boat and have a bunch of machines to get upgraded before next year and how you're planning to go about it.  Most of my machines are Dell Precision series and while I have upgraded a couple of older machines to 10, Dell doesn't always provide good drivers for that OS so the results have been mixed.  So how are you handling the EoL for Win 7?
danbrown_IT ManagerAsked:
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Unless and until Microsoft comes up with something better than Windows 10, I'm advising my clients to stick with Windows 7 regardless of Microsoft's "end of life" pronouncements.
danbrown_IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I totally understand the sentiment but what will you do when in Feb 2020 the inevitable wave of malware comes after all the now unpatched Win 7 systems?  I have a gut dealing that MS will wind up pushing the date further out but can't be sure.
DanOwnerCommented:
I'm taking my time and reloading them on the weekends.  All of my Windows 7 clients are on old paltter hard drives, I buy 3 240 ssd drives from my local computer shop at a whopping 38 bucks, 3 is the limit I can get that price, and just pull the old drive, load up windows 10 reconnect the old drive, and copy the data over.  

I get to charge for my time and make a mark up of the 38 dollar ssd drive.  Win Win.

i love Windows 10, it's huge driver base and expanded power shell scripts.
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danbrown_IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Have you run into any issues with drivers doing the upgrades?  I've done it four times, its been kind of a pain for a couple of them since Dell does not make win10 drivers available for most PCs sold that came with Win7.
DanOwnerCommented:
none, just a few printers, I think anything that ran on 7 is covered in even the earliest versions of 10.    I don't think Ive even had video card issues, I install allot of 1080 cards and they are just found and setup fine.  Unlike 7.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
First, we have a lot of Windows 10 Pro machines implemented and few problems. V1809 is coming close to Windows 7 reliability and I have zero hesitation recommending Windows 10.

Second, our key clients are well over half way and replacing the remaining machines is not an issue. We do have one client where their client is using cable internet connection hardware that needs Windows 7 to machine. We are trying to put a gun to their head.

Third, I read recently in the Tech News that Microsoft will start charging more for providing fixes where they should not have to.
danbrown_IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks John!  I don't have any real dependencies for 7 so for me its just a matter of getting it done (and dealing with the expense).
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Agree. We started planning the money 2 years ago which why we are now farther along.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Drivers should exist for all machines running Windows 10 unless they are really oddball.  I'm talking about drivers for the basic computer and not any devices that connect to it.  Windows 7 and Vista drivers can be used if the proper driver doesn't exist.  I did have to go this way for one of my Dells but somewhere in time the proper driver turned up.

Now I'm keeping one or two Windows 7 machines going.  Specifically for backward compatibility.  I need XP Mode to run some old software and you can't run XP Mode on Windows 10.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
True but I have XP guest machines on my Windows 10 host via VMware

Note:  Also Windows 7, and other legacy machines in addition to XP so I can help customers
danbrown_IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
lol, some day we'll see XP be fully retired but it may be a while!
danbrown_IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the tips and info all!
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