Know All The Details Before Making The Leap
So you have made the decision to upgrade all the PCs in your business to Windows 10 so that you can stay ahead of the technology curve? Perhaps you want to start with your own PC before rolling out Windows 10 to the rest of the company, well, there are a few things to note before you take the plunge.
1) Windows 10 may not be compatible with some legacy software and equipment, including some servers.
Small businesses should first verify that their mission-critical software applications, especially backup software, antivirus and any industry-specific applications, and devices like printers and other peripherals, are compatible with Windows 10. Windows 10 is not only a new operating system in terms of look and feel, changes have been made to the core back-end platform from which user installed software runs. Therefore compatibility of your software applications with Windows 10 must be checked.
2) Your devices will be more secure and you won’t have to wait for patches. “
Windows 10 has been designed to download and install patches on your PC continuously. Therefore gone are the days when the operating system would ask you if you would like to download updates or not, and/or schedule the time updates must be downloaded. Updates are now installed automatically whenever they are available. Therefore investing an uncapped internet connection is advisable.
3) There could be some privacy issues.
If you sign into Windows with your Microsoft account, the operating system will immediately sync your settings and data to Microsoft’s servers. This includes data like your saved mobile, application and Wi-Fi passwords, [as well as] your browser history and favorites. Therefore its important to keep track of this data that’s harvested from your PC and routinely refresh it so that you may not have sensetive data from your PC stored in the cloud.
4) You don’t have to use the Windows 10 interface
As a new operating system always comes with a new user interface design, getting to grips with the new design sometimes may be a daunting task. Rest assured though that you can switch back to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 look and feel by donloading Classic Shell inorder for you to keep using a familiar look and feel while taping from the power of Windows 10.
5) Back up your computer/essential files and do a test before rolling out Windows 10.
While an upgrade shouldn’t cause any data loss, make a backup of your document and media files beforehand just in case the process doesn’t properly complete. Also, before rolling out Windows 10 to the whole company, run a small test deployment on a single computer. A small test deployment will enable small business owners to check compatibility with business critical applications and functions, and provide a feel for the new operating system
6) Remember you can always downgrade.
Computers being upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8 can easily be downgraded to the previous version as long as certain components aren’t removed by the user after the upgrade. To learn about going back to a previous version of Windows, click here.
7) Don’t assume that employees will know how to use Windows 10.
To help smooth the transition to Windows 10, prepare employees (Microsoft provides a free Windows 10 Readiness Kit) and provide training. You can also sign up for one of our Microsoft Certified Windows 10 courses
Windows 10 is definitely here to stay, and it’s the very latest Windows operating system available today. So its recommended that you start playing around with Windows 10 and get ahead of the curve, because the future is here!