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Should you upgrade to Windows 10

Should you upgrade to Windows 10

The easy answer is “probably, but not yet.” (And yes, you’ve heard us say this before…)

Unless you have some super urgent business need for some of the new features (and we don’t mean you want to geek out and play), hold back.  New software, including new operating systems, always has bugs, especially when first released.  Depending on the context of your mix of applications, plug-ins, and hardware accessories, your mileage will vary in terms of which bugs you experience.

In order to ensure that your productivity is not interrupted, we strongly encourage you to avoid the Windows 10 upgrade until we can work with you to ensure that your environment is completely compatible.  Checking for compatibility doesn’t just mean your applications, it also means your peripherals like printers and scanners.   Please keep in mind that if you upgrade and run into an application or device that you need regularly that is not compatible, the only option will be to downgrade your computer (after backing up your data).  Obviously that is expensive in both time and energy and therefore best avoided!

Microsoft has made this process easier by including a tool that will scan your computer and try to determine if your system is fully compatible with Windows 10.  Here is an article that explains how to find and run this scan if you are currently on Windows 7 or 8 and want to check.

In many cases, the upgrade or patch you need for your applications will be free, and easy to install.  In other cases it won’t.  The key takeaway is this is always a contextual decision.  There is no “right time” to upgrade.  It always depends on your needs, your environment, and your level of tolerance for a few bumps along the way!