Are you ready for Windows 10?  Before you hit install make sure your current systems are up to the task

Windows_10 

The new Windows 10 is nearly here.  Microsoft’s latest release will hit New Zealand on July 29 and it’s already been touted as the ‘best Windows ever’.  From what we’ve seen so far, it offers a few clever improvements as well as a really personal user experience.

For starters, most Microsoft users will be thrilled to hear that the Start button is back.   The removal of the Start button following the release of Windows 8 was a major irritation for many users.  Windows 10 also offers some clever new functions like an improved browser and consistency across multiple devices.

If you’re a user of Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 you probably will have noticed the emails from Microsoft offering a one-year free subscription to Windows 10.  We’re sure many users will jump at this offer but (and there’s always a but) before you sign up, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself in for.

 

Will it play nicely with others?

Before upgrading to Windows 10 make sure it will interface with existing software and hardware. Check that printers, third-party software, backup programs, payroll systems, phone software, accounting programs, CRM packages, and websites can sit alongside the new Windows happily.  If you’ve been thinking about upgrading software or devices in the office, now might be a good time to do so.

DIY or call an expert

Things do go wrong, particularly when it comes to installing a new operating system across multiple machines.  Be aware that existing applications could run into problems, or crash.  Sometimes the stress and loss of productivity involved in trying to fix problems is far greater than paying an expert to do it.

If auto updates aren't your cup of tea...

Once you sign up to the new Windows 10 subscription, you will no longer have control over your updates.  New updates will automatically install when they become available.

Check your anti-virus 

Check the compatibility of your current anti-virus software.  It’s possible that you’ll need to update, reinstall, or purchase a new anti-virus program that supports Windows 10.

 

A full list of features available on Windows 10 can be found here.

If the installation process goes smoothly, Windows 10 will deliver great productivity improvements for business users.  But if the installation doesn’t go smoothly, you may be looking a lot of unproductive time to sorting out issues.

If you’re thinking of installing Windows 10 when it’s released later this month, have a good check of your current software and hardware first.  It’s also worth having a think about the level of IT skill in your office to make sure the upgrade process can run without a hitch.  No one wants the stress that happens when networks fall over.  If you’d like advice or help on installing Windows 10, get in touch today.