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Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Published on July 29, 2016 in Blog

Now that Windows 10 has been released should you upgrade to it?

Windows 10 desktop

In most cases Windows 10 is a good upgrade, especially as most of the hardware which is capable of running Windows 7 and above will be able to support Windows 10.

If you have tested your environment and decide to upgrade make sure you back up, back up, back up. Almost every installation we have completed has been relatively smooth, although it is not worth taking the risk. If it locks up halfway through, just reboot the PC and it should continue.

Running an upgrade does create a Windows .old folder which can waste 10-20GB of data on your Hard Disk Drive. I would recommend keeping the folder for a few weeks just to ensure that everything is OK. Once you have a clean backup, this folder can safely be removed.

Some software packages and devices may not work after. Here are a few we have come across:

  • CISCO Systems VPN Client V5.0.04.0040 – It is recommended that you install the new CISCO Anywhere applicaiton, however you need to also ensure your Cisco router supports this. The old version can be made to work with some tweaking.
  • Belkin Serial to USB converter – This used a custom written UE driver to allow it to work on Windows 7 64bit. This hasn’t been ported to Windows 8, so it will not work on Windows 10. The serial to USB Converter I now use is an Aten UC-232A which is working well.

Test, test, test.

Ensure that you have a non-production test machine to make sure that all your applications function as desired rather than upgrading an actual user’s computer. Upgrading prematurely could be a costly exercise.

 

If you need help upgrading or deciding if you should upgrade, then please reach out.

For some more information about its features visit – https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/features

 
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