December 15, 2021
Let’s not mince words. The Windows 10 Upgrade for ATMs is not going to be fun. It’s going to take time and it’s going to take money. Lots of both. It’s enough to make you feel like you’re pouring resources into a pit.
But it doesn’t have to feel that way. The (almost) mandatory Windows 10 upgrade for financial institutions also brings opportunity. Here’s how:
Increased ATM Security
This opportunity is obvious. In many ways, it’s the whole reason behind the Windows 10 upgrade. Windows is just making sure that everyone is using the latest, most secure, best-supported version.
Any interface between financial institutions and consumers is going to be sensitive to security issues. Add in healthy sums of cash, and you’ve got a potential security nightmare on your hands.
The Windows 10 upgrade for ATMs will shore up your institution’s defenses against malware, cyberattacks, and other unwanted intrusions. Plus, Windows 10 is designed to detect and prevent cybersecurity threats as they arise. That makes it a very advanced, surprisingly proactive answer to emergent security concerns.
Windows 10 will be supported through 2026. That’s more than half a decade of support. While that might sound like not enough time, it’s actually quite a gift.
In the world of PCs, you may remember Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Those were all released in the same 5-year period. That rapid-fire release strategy was very frustrating for most users.
In contrast, Windows 10 has been live since 2015. For it to be supported in 2026 indicates that Windows is prioritizing stability and longevity. Adopting Windows 10 will ensure that your ATM fleet is more future-proof than your current fleet.
Other Repairs and Refurbishments
Some of the newer ATMs will have no trouble migrating to Windows 10. Others will require new processors and motherboards.
While the need to upgrade or replace your ATM fleet is frustrating, it’s also the source of your biggest opportunities.
First, if you opt to replace your current ATM fleet with Windows 10-compatible ATMs, you can make an investment for the future. Finding ATMs that can handle Windows 10 will set you up well for the future—you won’t have to worry about making frequent hardware or software changes along the way.
More importantly, if you’re planning to upgrade your ATMs rather than replace them, you’ve got more opportunities. At the very least, you’ll have to replace your processor and/or motherboard. As long as you’re opening things up, you might as well replace or refurbish other parts as needed. This is your chance to improve your ATM fleet for the next seven years!
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