The Windows 10 “free upgrade” deadline has been set for July 29, 2016. What does this mean for you?
As AGJ has tested Windows 10 over the past year, we’ve generally been pleased with the results. While we’re not a fan of the new browser and some of the user-interface features, performance is good and security has been improved.
So what do we recommend for your office?
- Don’t upgrade existing PCs to Windows 10. While the Windows 10 upgrade is free, we’ve found that 10% of all upgrades fail. Repairing a failed Windows 10 install can take a significant amount of time (one repair took us 20 hours for a single PC). Also, some older PCs don’t have the horsepower to perform well with the new features.
- If you’ll be buying PCs in the near future, let us install a “pilot” to test Windows 10 in your environment. We can talk to your software vendors and test your existing printers, etc… to make sure it will work. If all goes well, we’ll recommend Windows 10 for your new PCs.
For home use, we have seen few problems with Windows 10 (other than the random 10% failures). If you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead with the upgrade. Before upgrading at home, make sure you have a backup of your important data and check with your software providers.