Windows 10 Free Upgrade ending 29 July 2016

Microsoft has announced that the Free Upgrade to Windows 10 is ending on 29 July 2016.

What does this mean?

If you currently have a PC, laptop or device running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for Free for a limited time.

Windows 10 is here to stay and will be available with all new PC/laptop purchases.  Upgrading to Windows 10 is supposed to be easy but there are some things to consider before upgrading.

  1. Not all applications are compatible with Windows 10
    • Every time a new version of Windows comes out, other software manufacturers then need to play catch up to make changes to their programs in order for them to run on the new platform.
    • Depending on your software package you may not be automatically entitled to those upgrades when they occur.
    • If your business relies on a database for instance that cannot run without errors on Windows 10, then upgrading is not advisable.
  2. Upgrading will incur some downtime, no matter how fast your internet is or whether or not it goes smoothly
    • We suggest that you schedule upgrades to occur when it will have the least amount of impact for your business
    • Usually the end of the business day or during a staff members lunch break is a good time to schedule upgrades
    • Ensure backups or other updates/downloads are not scheduled for the same time or conflicts may occur.
  3. Remember Murphy’s Law
    • Sure as eggs a corruption will occur or something will go wrong at the worst possible time.  Allow time to fix if errors occur.
    • Your IT technician is the best person to perform the upgrade in case something goes wrong.
  4. Consider the age of the machine before upgrading
    • Depending on the age of the machine, the amount of other applications and space available, it may not be advisable to upgrade the machine.
  5. Make sure your machine is “healthy” before commencing upgrade
    • Run a virus check and scan before attempting any upgrades
    • Check disk space available is sufficient
    • Check memory is sufficient
    • You should have already checked that your essential applications (like your accounting, POS, database etc etc) is compatible with Windows 10 but it wouldn’t hurt to double check.  Don’t forget to check that your particular version of the software you use is compatible. eg: it may be that only versions 19.5 and above are compatible and you are running version 18.

So if you are ready to upgrade to Windows 10 then get in now while the upgrade is still Free…………by 29 July 2016.

If you have any questions or if you require assistance with upgrading, Email us at help@xentechnologies.com.au.