More than 200 million users have upgraded to Windows 10 as of the publish date of this blog, and Microsoft touts that the improved operating system starts up 28% faster than Windows 7, resumes faster than the old OS, and comes with more security features than ever. Until July 29, 2016, most Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can upgrade to Windows 10. But should you upgrade your computer to Windows 10?
As a Microsoft Certified Partner, we’ve compiled 8 questions to ask yourself to help you decide. Here are a few things to consider for the Windows business user:
1. How old is your machine?
If your computer is 4 years or older, we would not recommend an upgrade. Why? Because your computer is rapidly approaching its end of life. A desktop PC has a “typical” life of 3-5 years because after this time, it becomes very slow, very problematic, or it just outright fails.
With the average PC costing around $450, why spend time and money on a sinking ship? It would be quicker, cheaper, and provide fewer overall problems to replace the machine with a new one.
2. How patient are you?
Although the upgrade process itself is not terribly difficult, it can take some time to get your Windows 10 upgrade complete. You can expect 4-6 hours up front for the upgrade, and maybe a few days/weeks to work out all the kinks.
You may find yourself reinstalling software (you have the disks and key codes right?) or upgrading (Sorry, Quickbooks 1997 simply will not work…) or replacing a peripheral (really old inkjet printers, for example) because they just won’t work well. These were things that you should probably have done anyway–the upgrade may force that!
Thankfully, before the process starts Windows will tell you the things it KNOWS will not work, but that list is not perfect.
3. Do you run a Windows Media Center edition computer?
If so, plan for replacement programs because Windows Media Center does not exist in Windows 10.
4. Do you use Windows 7 compatibility mode?
This is for the oldest of old programs (16 bit mostly) which didn’t even play nice with Windows 7. Well, bad news, Windows 10 does not have this mode. On the good side, just about anything that worked with Windows 7 should work with Windows 10.
5. Do you know to how to make a full system backup?
If not, do not proceed until you do. There is always the chance the upgrade will fail. It is a small chance, but do you feel lucky? You will want a full system backup before running the Windows 10 upgrade.
6. Do you know how to make recovery disks (or can you find the ones that came with your computer?)
If not, do no proceed until you do. Again, there is always the chance the upgrade will fail. It is a small chance, but not something you want to leave to chance.
7. If you are using your machine for business, will there be any compatibility issues between systems?
You and your IT staff will want to research Windows 10 compatibility on all of your key systems before you begin. As mentioned before, just about anything that worked with Windows 7 should work with Windows 10, but this will not be perfect across the board.
8. Is your antivirus compatible?
MOST antivirus programs need to be upgraded before you begin. This should be a regular part of your computer maintenance regardless, but a crucial item to consider for your network security before running the Windows 10 upgrade.
We Can Help You Upgrade to the Latest Windows OS
PCS International is a Microsoft Certified Partner that can help you navigate through these computer support issues or simply take care of your Windows 10 upgrade for you and your office. Give us a call at 847-348-3900 or contact us today and we can help you navigate these issues and make your Windows 10 upgrade a success!