Have you upgraded your office to Windows 10 yet? The deadline for the free upgrade is looming (July 2016) but whether you upgrade now or later, it pays to be prepared beforehand. Knowing what to expect can help you avoid disruption to your employees and customers and allow time to make any necessary changes or upgrades to your equipment.
Here’s a list of what to watch for to make the transition a smooth one:
Get a Handle on Things
Depending on the age and specifications of your existing equipment, your current hardware may not be able to handle the upgrade. Windows 10 requirements include at minimum, a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 16 GB hard drive and a DirectX 9 (or later) graphics card.
Frequently used software should be checked for compatibility with Windows 10 prior to upgrading to avoid disruption. You may also encounter some issues with driver compatibility in regards to your copiers, scanners or printers. Problems can be resolved ahead of time by testing a select group of computers, rather than risking your entire network at once.
Prepare For Change
Windows 10 has eliminated a few of the features available in Windows 7 and 8.1, notably Windows Media Center, and the desktop gadgets from Windows 7. Pre-installed games such as Minesweeper and Solitaire will also be absent, and the floppy drive is being phased out.
Windows 10 has improved security features to help safeguard you against viruses, phishing and malware and it will automatically update itself to ensure users stay current. While Windows 10 is not completely impenetrable, it does go a long way to improve security.
A Managed IT provider can help ensure a seamless transition between operating systems, including evaluating your office equipment to ensure compatibility with the new version of Windows 10.