Windows 10, quickly became a hot topic after its release date in July, 2015. Many people were extremely excited to take the leap and upgrade to the latest software. For those of you who have waited – you are probably in a much better place. Before upgrading it’s vital to understand the details behind the change and the safest way to upgrade your computer.
You may be thinking, “but I have Windows 7 or Windows 8 which goes END OF SALE this year.” End of Sale just means that you will no longer be able to purchase PC’s with this version of Windows pre-installed. Luckily, support for Windows 7 and 8 will be covered until 2020 and 2023 respectively.
What should you know before upgrading to Windows 10?
Windows 10 purchased with the PC (called OEM licensing) can be downgraded to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. If you purchase a volume license of Windows 10 (which cost more), you can downgrade to ANY previous version of Windows, although we don’t recommend using anything past Windows 7.
One of the benefits of having Windows 10 pre-installed on your PC is even if you downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1, you’ll still have access to upgrade to Windows 10 in the future without having to purchase additional software. Waiting will give Microsoft the chance to work out any bugs that still exist before you roll this version out company wide.
Another reason to wait? Most line of business applications are not yet supported through Windows 10 making it difficult for many businesses to run their typical day-to-day operations.
If & when you chose to upgrade your company software, it will be important to provide training to your team, the new upgrade can take a little time to get used to.
Want to decline the windows upgrade or go back to an older version?