Windows 10– Should You Upgrade Now?

windows 10 logoOn 29th July 2015 Microsoft released the greatly anticipated ‘Windows 10’ operating system! The goal ~ to have more than 2 million devices using Windows 10 within two years. So far Windows 10 has been installed on over 200 million devices! A proactive and aggressive marketing initiative, that offered free upgrades on all eligible devices using Windows 7 or higher, was the driving force behind this.

If you own or manage a business that is currently running Windows 7, the decision to upgrade to Windows 10 isn’t so straight forward. You will need to consider whether your industry specific software, printers, copiers, accounting systems, etc. are going to be compatible with this new operating system. As with all operating system upgrades, other necessary components aren’t always so quick to transition. You will want to work with your technology professional to create an upgrade plan that makes sense for your current and future technology needs. Get in contact with us to discuss how to make sure you get it right.

Points to note :

  1. The free upgrade is still available if you are using an eligible device. Whilst Microsoft has put together a very good product with the Windows 10 upgrade, it’s not perfect!
  2. The free upgrade finishes on 29th July 2016. So there isn’t long to make the ‘free’ leap now.
  3. If you are upgrading your personal devices, you can do so without worry. If you don’t like it you are able to move back to your original system.
  4. If you are still unsure and asking “Is this the right upgrade for me?” then get in contact with us. The short answer is, it depends.
  5. If you are a business, you should always take the time to consult with your technology professional before making any significant changes to your businesses most important asset- its technology. CT Business Solutions (N Mcr) offer a free site survey for businesses that will help you better understand where your technology is today, and can work with you to make a plan for your technology needs in the months and years to come.
  6. The first updates for Windows 10 came in November 2015 but a few more updates are still needed before the majority of the reported issues are addressed. What does this mean for you specifically?

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Are You Using an Old Operating System or Software?

If you have a device that is currently using an operating system that was released before Windows 7, like Windows XP or Vista, you will have to pay for the upgrade. However, if you are still using a device with one of these older operating systems you need to consider an immediate upgrade to at least Windows 7, as your system is likely no longer secure as these are no longer supported by Microsoft and are liable to virus attacks!

Are You Currently Using Windows 7?

In 2014, most users on Windows XP or older operating systems upgraded to Windows 7 (or Windows 8 if you were not afraid of the terrible reviews). Windows 7 was, and continues to be, one of the best operating systems developed by Microsoft. Generally, those using Windows 7 on their personal devices now will find that learning Windows 10 will be relatively intuitive.

Still not sure? Happy the way things are? Don’t do it

While the upgrade to Windows 10 will only be free until this summer, there is not necessarily a need to rush to upgrade your system. Microsoft intends to keep Windows 7 on extended support until at least 14th January 2020, so there is no requirement that you change anything at this time. If you are perfectly happy with your system today, then you can wait to move to the new operating system when you naturally upgrade your hardware. However, if you are really excited to use things like Microsoft Edge and Cortana and you are not concerned about the compatibility of your software or peripherals, there isn’t much of a risk to the upgrade and should take advantage of the free offer.

Are You Currently Using Windows 8 or 8.1?

For users that are currently on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, the new Windows 10 could not come fast enough. One of the main focuses of Windows 10 was to address the many complaints that were lodged about the many downfalls of Windows 8. However, there are still issues that you need to consider.

If you are considering upgrading your PC or laptop from Windows 8, you will likely be thrilled with the changes and again should take advantage of the free offer. If you are a business that is considering upgrading from Windows 8, you will want to consult with a technology professional about the impact this type of change will have your business as we discussed for the Windows 7 users.

Like most things, what works for one does not necessarily work for all.   Whilst the ‘free’ upgrade is coming to an end the decision invariably should be the right one for you and your business.

Get in touch with the team at CT Business Solutions for further advice.

Very best regards

Eric Arnott