WARNING: Windows 10 Upgrades coming ….

The guys and I have been running the preview version of Windows 10 for some time and we think it’s going to be a great improvement on Windows 7, and more importantly Windows 8/8.1. (That being said, we loved Windows 8.1 in our office, but we’re nerds!) But before you rush to upgrade, there’s some things you NEED to consider first!

Some facts:

  • Windows 10 will be a FREE upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users for the first year (from July 29th).
  • Microsoft has ALREADY pushed out a CRITICAL WINDOWS UPDATE which makes this upgrade available.
    • You may have already seen the little Windows icon in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. This update was snuck out without any indication that it related to Windows 10.
    • If you’re one of our clients in a maintenance agreement, we have BLOCKED this update. It did sneak in due to very vague documentation by Microsoft regarding what the update did, but we are removing it from our clients computers till we can sit down with you and strategically assess and plan your Windows 10 roll-out.
    • If you are not in a maintenance agreement (or not a client), we highly recommend you speak with your IT Guy (or us!) and make sure your computers and software are Windows 10 compatible.
  • If you click the upgrade, your computer will automatically be upgraded to Windows 10 when it is released.
    • This seems like a good thing in theory, and for most home users it will be, but for businesses this could cause issues.
    • If you’re running Windows 8/8.1, then we recommend going with the upgrade to Windows 10.
    • If you’re running Windows 7, we really need to confirm that both your hardware and software will work properly in Windows 10 before going through the upgrade.
  • Once Windows 10 is released, all new computers will come with Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 – you will no longer be able to purchase computers with Windows 7.
    • Since most people don’t like Windows 8.1 (and a reason we still sell computers with Windows 7), the only option for your business will be Windows 10.
    • If you have ANY Windows XP computers left in your environment, you WILL run in to issues networking Windows 10 computers and Windows XP computers.

The last thing you want, is for your Internet connection to be slammed downloading an update to all your computers, only to find your business grind to a halt due to poor performing computers struggling to keep up with the latest Windows iteration. Now is the time to start discussing your Windows 10 roll-out.

YES, Windows 10 is pretty good with resources; however if your computers are older than 3 years we would recommend sticking with Windows 7 and budgeting towards the replacement of your older computers to acquire Windows 10; and not trying to force older equipment to run brand new software.

THERE IS NO UNDO for the Windows 10 upgrade. If you experience performance issues or software incompatibilities as a by-product of upgrading to Windows 10 without proper assessment and need to roll back to Windows 7, expect at least 2-3 hours per computer to re-install Windows from scratch and re-load all your software.

We’ll be doing a feature and webinar walk through on Windows 10 once we get our hands on it, so stay tuned 🙂

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