With the release of the Windows 10 operating system comes a lot of excitement and a lot of questions.
- Who should upgrade?
- Is my software compatible with Windows 10?
- Can my computer run Windows 10?
- Can I switch back if I don’t like it?
Who should upgrade?
At Alexaur Technology, we recommend to our client’s that they not upgrade to any new operating system, or perform major software updates for at least 6 months after the initial release date. To put it simply, “let somebody else be the guinea pig.” Let’s face it, no matter how good the company or the software is EVERY major update has the potential for bugs that will have to be worked out in the market place after the release.
Business users should especially wait at least 6 months before adopting any new OS or major software updates. You’ll save yourself downtime and a lot of frustration.
Is my software compatible with Windows 10?
Here’s one of the main reasons why Business Users should wait before upgrading to Windows 10. Software Compatibility. The majority of specialized business software packages are NOT ready for Windows 10. Software like Lytec, Medisoft, Dexis, Dentrix, Evosus and many others, as of the writing of this post are NOT compatible with Windows 10.
We urge all of our clients to check with their software vendor(s) before upgrading to Windows 10. Not doing so, can result in costly downtime and repairs. If you have questions or are unsure as to whether or not you should upgrade, please contact us at 281-646-1200 or online at www.Alexaur.com
Can my computer run Windows 10?
SOFTWARE: First, in order to upgrade to Windows 10, you’ll need to be running a relatively current operating system, either Windows 7 SP1 or an up-to-date copy of Windows 8.1. If you’re still using Windows Vista, or Windows XP, you’ll need to first get a current operating system.
HARDWARE: Now, let’s take a look at the hardware. There are five key requirements that a system will need to meet in order to support Windows 10, and those are the processor, RAM, hard disk space, graphics support, and minimum display resolution.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16GB for 32-bit OS or 20GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 800-by-600 resolution
The above requirements were taken from Microsoft Windows and PC Magazine. Read the entire article here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2488355,00.asp
NOTE: The above requirements are the minimum. Systems vary so please do your research before upgrading.
Can I switch back if I don’t like it?
The short answer is, “Yes”. You can “easily” switch back to your old operating system (Win 7 or 8.1) if you don’t like Windows 10. Microsoft has provided a nifty little tool that allows you 30 days to revert back to the operating system you upgraded from.
Here’s a brief article on how you can roll back from Windows 10 if you decide it’s not for you: http://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10-how-to-roll-back/
Now, why did we say you can “easily” switch back? Like with many things computer, it doesn’t always work like you expect it to. We have seen a few instances where business clients have upgraded to Windows 10, found out after the fact that their software is not compatible (see Question 2) and the roll back to Windows 7 did not work. In such cases, a fresh install of the old operating system is required, plus the re-install all of your software and files.
BACKUP: This brings us to our next, final and most important point. Please do not attempt any upgrade without first backing up your entire system including ALL programs and files.
In closing, Windows 10 is an exciting new operating system that is getting great reviews in many sectors. Just make sure it’s right for you and your business before making the switch.
For more info or help with upgrading to Windows 10, please contact Alexaur Technology Services at 281-646-1200 or online.