Part 2 – Since the release of Windows 10 last year I have helped several of my customers upgrade their pcs so, if you’re thinking of Upgrading to Windows 10 before the free update ends in July, here are a few observations you may find useful:
Be cautious if you have an older system when upgrading to Windows 10.
In my experience, this is the one area that is causing the most problems. Older machines (including those that have been upgraded from Vista or XP to Windows 7) may house hardware or software that is incompatible with Windows 10. It’s a good idea to check the manufacturers website before you start the process to see what issues you could encounter and what software (usually drivers) you may need to download.
With regard to installed programs check the relevant website to see if you need to download a newer version or a patch to enable you to continue using it after the upgrade.
The Windows 10 report, which appears before you install, should list most incompatibilities, enabling you to see the extent of the work involved.
Printers can be temperamental at the best of times and with older models I’ve found the best way to ensure it remains stable after the upgrade is to completely uninstall any existing printer software, check the manufacturer’s website for an update and then reinstall it all. Despite this it can still go awry…you have been warned!
If you currently have Windows 7 on your machine, the Extended Support End Date is 14th January 2020. This means that if you’re happy to carry on running it, the security updates (which mostly fix vulnerabilities) will continue to be supplied until that date. So if you really don’t want to change, don’t! It’s not compulsory. Just be aware that in 2020 you will need to consider either updating or replacing your machine.
I like Windows 10!
In comparison to Windows 8.1, which I thought was clumsy, Windows 10 as a direct upgrade is far easier to use. Microsoft have removed the side Charms bar (which will live and die with Window 8 and 8.1 as it pops-out unexpectedly from the edge of the screen) and they’ve integrated the separate Start Screen into the Start Menu, leaving the desktop similar to Windows 7. These changes, in my opinion, are the best improvements from a user’s point of view.
There are many other modifications, for example the Settings menu has been refined, making it more logical to use and did I mention, they’ve done away with the separate Start screen….(sorry just had to repeat this one more time)!
All in all then I think the new system has got quite a few new decent features making it worth considering.
If you’re still not convinced and would like to see a running demo let me know. I can visit to show you the main features, plus give your existing system a health-check all at a discounted price. Call 01452 506529 to make an appointment.