Since its release on July 29, 2015, Windows 10 has showed us some wonderfully impressive features. Everyone with a legitimate copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 has most likely seen the icon on the lower right hand corner of their workspace begging you to upgrade your computers with the latest operating system, Windows 10. We have to admit, its a very attractive offer especially considering that its "free". But, is it right for everyone?
There are so many questions on this topic that it would be impossible to cover them all in this single post. But, I'll attempt to share my opinion on at least a few here.
Is my IT environment compatible with Windows 10?
That is really the main question you want to have answered before upgrading. Before jumping the gun, you want to make sure your current software (practice management, imaging, accounting etc.) and devices are compatible with the upgrade. Give us a call if you are unsure. We will take a close look at your software and confirm with the developers that it is not going to cause any problems moving forward. They may offer an upgrade of their own to guarantee compatibility. A quick check of your printer and other device drivers will determine if your office will continue its productivity uninhibited with the migration.
How long do I have to decide if I want to upgrade?
That's the great news. You have an entire year to decide, or wait for the appropriate upgrades to help you decide, whether you should or should not upgrade. That is, until July 29 2016, a year from its release date.
What happens if I don't like it, or find out it doesn't work for me?
Microsoft has made it very easy to revert back to your existing version of Windows with only a few clicks. As long as you haven't deleted any of the old system files in the folder, "Windows.old". This option is only available for a month after the upgrade. Please contact us before doing the upgrade or reverting back to your original operating system as we will need to make sure your data is properly backed up beforehand. After all, accidents do happen.
Windows 8 had a terrible reputation, what do I have to look forward to?
Microsoft seems to be following the lead of Intel, unintentionally, with its own version of the famed "tick-tock" pattern. A great operating system is followed by a really progressive operating systems with a lot of design flaws. That operating system is then followed by one that fixes those flaws in design. Consider Windows XP, a stable, usable and fast operating system that built on flaws presented by Windows ME/2000 before it. It was so good that, well after its support has ended, many businesses choose to stay with the operating system today. This is not a good idea because of HIPPA and general security concerns. But, we'll leave that for another topic. Windows XP was then followed by Vista (not great) and then Windows 7 (great, stable and currently the most widely supported). When Windows 8 came along, everyone was hoping for something great. But, with its clunky interface and long list of bugs, most people were a bit hesitant. It seemed to favor touch over a traditional keyboard and mouse interface. When We currently install all of our computers with Windows 7 64-bit by default. Given some time with Windows 10, this may change in the near future.