Microsoft Windows 10 - What You Need To Know!

Posted on July 28, 2015
Archive : July 2015
Category : OCM News

Tomorrow, Microsoft will release Microsoft Windows 10.

The headline is that for Windows 7 or 8, home or professional machines, the upgrade is free! If you choose to upgrade within 12 months.


However there are some serious WARNINGS required.


It is our clear advice that you do not choose to upgrade at this time.


Why?


A number of reasons :-


The upgrade is performed over the internet and will take a while. The upgrade will attempt to see if your existing programs are compatible, existing drivers for hardware will work etc. If the upgrade is performed there is no guarantee that your applications will perform as before, or that all your hardware will work. There are already reports that Nvidia graphic cards are failing, printer incompatibility and many existing anti virus solutions are also incompatible.


If you upgrade a Windows 7 or 8 Home machine you will find that Microsoft Windows 10 updates are now compulsory and will be pushed to your machine. So if you have older applications they may work after the update but there is no guarantee that a future update will not cause issues. YOu cannot prevent the updates.


If you upgrade a Windows 7 or 8 Pro machine ( an OEM or boxed product ) you will find that Microsoft Windows 10 updates will be pushed to your machine. So if you have older applications they may work after the update but there is no guarantee that a future update will not cause issues. You can stall the updates for approximately 8 months but after that they must be installed.


If you upgrade a Windows 7 or 8 Pro machine ( enterprise volume licence ) the upgrade is not free unless you also have Microsoft software assurance, it must be paid for. You then have an option for the system to behave as above with Microsoft pushing updates to the machines or you can implement the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) update system which allows system administrators to manage updates when it suits them.


For Windows 7 users the Windows 10 experience is significantly different and there will be a learning curve.


For Windows 8 users the experience will be different again but a number of features will be familiar.


Traditionally businesses have usually waited until at least service pack 1 of any new version of Windows before considering implementation. This was to allow for a period of testing, bug fixes to be released and for the OS to reach a level of maturity. A service pack release for Windows 10 is a moot point because of the new continuous update methodology so it is going to be a much harder judgement call as to a date to consider Windows 10 implementation. Our advice is do not be an early adopter!


If you are going to upgrade to Windows 10 then ensure you :-


Backup, backup to media/cloud all your data.


You have all necessary media, drivers etc to reinstall should you require.


You have identified an antivirus solution that is going to work with Windows 10, consider the firewall position as well.


You have the time allocated with a stable internet connection.


You use the compatibility wizard and can accept that any highlighted incompatibilities will not present an insurmountable problem.


You realise you have 1 month only to perform any rollback to a previous version of windows.


We will keep updating the blog as the rollout begins!


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