Windows 10 is set to launch the end of July and many have already reserved their upgrade to install Windows 10. There are several exciting new features like your personal assistant, Cortona, and the new Edge internet browser. Before upgrading, you should first look at how it will affect the functionality of your computer and whether the programs you use will work with Windows 10.
An important thing to consider is that you use Windows to run the software you need for your business. To use your computer you don’t necessarily have to have Windows 10 if you have Windows 7, but you do need your programs to work properly. If you update and find out afterwards that your software isn’t compatible you may have to reload Windows 7 which may lead to data loss and downtime. It takes time for application developers to make their software compatible with new operating systems, which means some of the programs you use might not be ready for Windows 10 yet. If you want to make sure you get the free upgrade for Windows 10, simply reserve your upgrade with Microsoft and defer the time you install Windows 10 until it has been confirmed that your programs are compatible.
Windows 7 is an excellent operating system and Microsoft will continue to put out patches for Windows 7 until 1/14/2020. Which means you don’t have to rush to install Windows 10. Because best business practice is to replace computers every 3 years, you will likely have to get a new computer before Windows 7 is no longer supported.
If you’re one of the lucky few who has new hardware and your programs are already compatible with Windows 10 then you will be ready to upgrade by the release date. If you need help making sure your programs and hardware are compatible, Sierra Computer Group can help. Give us a call today to be ready for the Windows 10 release at the end of this month.