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How to stay safe as Windows 10 support goes ‘end of life’. IT Procurement for Windows 11 (Part one): Sustainability

You’ve probably heard that Microsoft Windows 10 support ends from October 2025. If you’re running devices still using Windows 10 after that time, you have an instant security vulnerability.

That makes upgrading to Windows 11 a necessity if you want to stay safe. But many devices running Windows 10 are too old to upgrade the software. That means you need to buy new or refurbished devices. In either case, you should consider sustainability factors in addition to cost, such as energy efficiency and minimising e-waste.


Adopting Sustainable IT:

When you purchase new devices, consider prioritising energy efficiency as a key factor. Choose devices which are designed to consume less power and result in lower energy costs and reduced environmental impact. Consider hardware characteristics like efficient processors, LED displays, and power management settings that enhance energy efficiency.

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Investing in Refurbished Devices:

Refurbished devices are a great option for many reasons, not just minimising e-waste and contributing to environmental sustainability. They are cheaper than their new equivalents and come with warranties that guarantee they’ll work. That gives you peace of mind at the same time as offering cost savings without compromising on performance.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG):

ESG is becoming increasingly more important in education ICT procurement. The DfE recently ran a session on it at the Schools and Academies Show. By prioritising both energy-efficiency and considering recycled devices, you are effectively demonstrating your commitment to supporting sustainability and environmental practices.

The Everything ICT Framework has lots of suppliers who specialise in offering schools both new and recycled equipment. To find out more about the options available, please get in touch.

Stay tuned for the next part of this series, where we’ll share more strategies for transitioning to Windows 11. In the meantime, if you need any help or advice, please feel free to contact us.


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