Microsoft is taking its flagship operating system to another level with the Windows 10 upgrade.  As this new upgrade rolls out there are some improvements and pretty big changes that users and businesses should be prepared to use.

  • Security – The security features of Windows 10 have improved to help reduce the chances of malware and viruses.  Windows 10 now automatically updates itself to ensure users stay current.  While Windows 10 is not completely impenetrable, it does go a long way to improve security.
  • Hardware – There are some minimum hardware requirements in order to run Windows 10.  First you should have at least 1 GB of RAM and 1 GHz processor.  This is a minimum requirement; more RAM is recommended if you want to be more productive when running multiple applications simultaneously on your PC, laptop or tablet.  For hard drive space a minimum of 16 GB is required just for the operating system, and a graphics card with Windows DirectX 9 compatibility is needed.
  • Office Equipment – Note that printers, scanners, webcams and other common office devices may need to have their driver compatibility checked before you upgrade.  In some cases you may need to replace this equipment depending on its age and driver options.
  • Software – Other software programs should be checked for Windows 10 compatibility.  If you use a particular accounting software package, for example, you may need to confirm with that software provider that the application can run properly on Windows 10.  When in doubt, it’s best to confirm before making the jump.
  • Compatibility Test – Click on the Get Windows 10 icon at lower right of your system tray; Windows will run a compatibility test and when passed will reserve and notify you when Windows 10 is ready to install.

On the positive side, Windows 10 brings the best features from Window 7 and Windows 8.1 into one platform.  A unified system, Windows 10 brings the same user experience to all devices: desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.  Users have reported the new OS to be responsive and very familiar to use with very little learning curve.  The best part is that the upgrade is free for a year.

While Windows 10 has plenty of benefits, know that there will be some changes such as the removal of Windows Media Center and no more Windows 7 desktop gadgets.  Some disc drives such as floppy drives or other devices may not work with Windows 10.

Work with a knowledgeable partner to evaluate your office machines and systems to make sure you are ready to make the jump to Windows 10.