Even though PCSDesk can provide assistance in upgrading your personal and business-class systems to Windows 10, there are some who are hesitant to pull the upgrade trigger. This type of thinking is understandable and they’re not wrong: an upgrade to Windows 10 can change how users work with their systems and how they get things done.
In speaking with clients regarding this subject, we’ve come up with a list of “points to consider” when planning for (or preventing) this upgrade.
- Question: Will Windows 10 work with my hardware?
Answer: More than likely, yes
Long Answer: We won’t know until we try. The Windows 10 installer does a pretty good job of vetting a system before the upgrade process moves forward; however, there are some older Windows 7 systems where graphic cards and certain CPUs aren’t compatible and an upgrade won’t be possible..
- Question: I’m running Windows 8/8.1 – should I upgrade?
Long Answer: Yes. Windows 10 runs better than Windows 8/8.1 and if you’re used to using Windows 8/8.1, you’ll slide right into using Windows 10.
- Question: My office uses specialized programs in order to do business. Should I upgrade to Windows 10?
Answer: Ask your software vendors
Long Answer: PCSDesk would be happy to investigate and ask your vendors if their software works with Windows 10. As of this writing, we are seeing a 50/50 split of software vendors that support Windows 10 and others that flat-out reject it. Keep in mind that these vendors will update their software soon, because Microsoft will drop support for 7/8/8.1 whether the vendors like it or not. “Microsoft leads those who will, and those who will not, it drags.”
- Question: My system is less than 2 years old and it came with Windows 7/8/8.1. Should I upgrade?
Long Answer: Yes, again. If you have a newer system with one of these operating systems on it, chances are that your hardware is compatible with Windows 10. The other thing to consider is that Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. Does that sound like a ways away? It’s not – it’s 3 and a half years off! If you’re wanting to get 3 or more years of use out of your current system, upgrade to Windows 10. If you plan on replacing your system in the next 1-3 years, don’t bother with an upgrade. Anything new you get after July 29th of this year (when the free upgrade offer expires) will already have Windows 10 on it.
Hopefully the above points help in coming to a decision regarding a move to Windows 10 on your computer and your business network. As always, if you have questions or need further assistance, we’re ready to help.