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Windows 10 Launch and Advice

posted Jul 29, 2015, 6:10 AM by Vaughn Reid   [ updated Apr 16, 2016, 9:29 AM ]
On July 29, 2015, Microsoft began rolling out its new operating system, Windows 10, for free to computers with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 installed.  Microsoft will be pushing Windows 10 out to users in a rolling fashion.  Not everyone will be able to upgrade on day one of the "Go Live" date.  

Although it is tempting to want to jump on a "free" upgrade to a completely new operating system immediately, we urge everyone to be thoughtful and perform your due diligence before upgrading.  Please take into consideration the following points before you move forward with a Windows 10 upgrade.

  • There are many line-of-business applications that currently will not run correctly on Windows 10. Some of these incompatibilities are known. Some, however, are not. We highly recommend thoroughly testing your line-of-business applications on a Windows 10 test installation to make sure they all work before upgrading to Windows 10.
  • There are some security and anti-virus software programs that will not run correctly on Windows 10. This means an upgrade could leave you unprotected until the security vendor releases support for this new operating system. For example, AVG, one of the leading Anti-Virus manufacturers doesn't expect released support for Windows 10 until sometime during or after August.  For example, AVG CloudCare released support for 64-bit Windows 10 on July 30th and has a target release date of August for any devices running 32-bit Windows 10.
  • If you are a business with a volume licensing agreement with Microsoft, you may not be legally eligible to install the Windows 10 upgrade even if it is being offered to your company's computers. For example, companies with an Enterprise Licensing Agreement are not eligible to take advantage of the Windows 10 upgrade offer. In addition, some versions of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are not eligible for the Windows 10 upgrade (for example a computer running Windows 7 Enterprise). Please see this link for more information.

Windows 10 will be pushed out to computers through Windows Update. Computer users can trigger this process by clicking on the "Get Windows 10" icon in their task bar and following the prompts. If you are running software to control Windows Update installations (e.g. WSUS, AVG Managed WorkPlace, Microsoft System Center, etc.) you can block or perform a scripted uninstall of Microsoft Windows update kb3035583.  You may also block the Windows 10 Upgrade notification by making the registry changes noted in this article.

As your trusted computer and networking technology advisor, we stand ready to assist you and answer any questions you may have about upgrading to Windows 10. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.

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