Should we upgrade to Windows 10? That is the question we are confronted with on a daily basis. Today we will explain the reasons for upgrading and not upgrading. The reality is change is not always welcomed, why change something and have you and your staff go through the learning phase all over again. Is upgrading to Windows 10 really free?
The first question we will answer yes Windows 10 upgrade is really free. if you have Windows 7 or above you can upgrade for free until July 29, 2016. After such date you will have to pay to upgrade. When considering if you should upgrade now the first question you may want to ask if you don’t upgrade now will you in the future? Because if so it will cost you per each computer you upgrade after July 29, 2016. We can only guess somewhere between $99-$199 as has been typical in the past.
Why is Microsoft for the first time ever allowing free upgrades to it’s newest operating system. Well we believe Microsoft has learned from the past. Having to extend support for Windows XP because it was still widely used even after Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 had been released. The reality is few people pay for upgrades, they usually wait until they buy a new computer that comes with the new operating system. By making the upgrade to Windows 10 free, Microsoft is benefiting from the fastest adoption of the new operating system ever. When everyone is upgrading to Windows 10 it forces software and hardware vendors to make sure their software or hardware is compatible with Windows 10. If you are choosing not to upgrade to Windows 10 you have to realize that very soon you will be the minority.
What are some reasons to avoid upgrading? What can we do to keep our Windows 10 upgrade option available to us? Well if you have hardware or software that you know is not compatible with Windows 10 then holding off on the upgrade might not just be an option but a requirement. I would encourage you to pressure your hardware or software vendor to make their stuff compatible by letting them know how much they are costing you by preventing you to upgrade. Another reason not to upgrade is if your computers are already at end of life and you will likely be replacing them soon. While we must say Windows 10 has proven to run very impressively on old hardware, sometimes making your old computers feel new again. But if you will be paying someone to upgrade all your old computers and then a few months later paying again to install new ones it may not be worth it. If due to incompatible hardware or software you are unable to upgrade by July 29, 2016 there are still some options to help you preserve that upgrade ability. For example you can clone your existing hard drive and upgrade one of the clones to Windows 10 while keeping the other one at the older version of Windows. That way when you are ready to make the switch you can simply go to the hard drive with Windows 10 already. This process may come at a cost so you have to weigh that in, when considering it as an option.
Benefits to upgrading to Windows 10 are the additional features offered by Windows 10. While we are sure there are countless features and depending on if you are upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8 you will be introduced to new features. Being that we often times work in regulated environments that are highly regulated a notable feature is that Windows 10 Professional includes BitLocker Encryption both for the hard drive and BitLocker To Go for protecting portable USB drives. Also has mentioned before Windows 10 runs well on older computers and computers with slower processors.
The reality is if you are able to upgrade you should do so! If you are not upgrading because of the learning curve or because you don’t like change we would strongly advise you that you upgrade because change in technology is inevitable and will likely happen if not now in the near future. If you have other specific questions about upgrading please contact us and we will be happy to help!