You might have seen down in your system tray, the area by your clock… a little Windows 8 looking icon. If you click on it, it’s a Windows 10 upgrade window asking you to register to be on the list for the upgrade on July 29th or after. The upgrade to Windows 10 is FREE for any computer currently running Windows 7 or 8. You will have one year to upgrade to Windows 10 for Free. After the date of July 29th, 2016 it will then cost your $119 for Windows 10 Home Edition and $199 for the Professional Edition.
• If you register for the Windows 10 software, it will be downloaded to your computer and be ready to install for the day of launch on July 29th. Whether you choose to install it is up to you. Should you still want to install Windows 10, please read my notes below as upgrading can change your computer completely and you will need to know what can happen.
• If you currently have Windows 7 installed and are completely happy with how your system currently runs right now, there is no need to upgrade and you can ignore this message.
Technicians are already preparing for what can happen to your computer, before and after the update. Here is a list of issues to be ready for:
• This upgrade, as with any software upgrade may not install correctly and could leave your computer in a state of not functioning. Meaning, you cannot login, cannot boot to Windows, view your monitor (graphic issues from drivers malfunctioning, etc). Since we cannot tell you exactly what can occur at that moment, we recommend you be prepared for the worst case scenario.
• The upgrade could install just fine, but leave you with no programs or any of your current settings.
• The upgrade could install just fine and you might have all of your programs and settings; but the drivers for your printers, webcams, scanners, etc. might not work properly.
• The upgrade might install correctly and everything seems to work, but some of your critical business software might not work correctly.
• Please be sure to have all of your installation disks ready in case you need to reinstall programs. This would include such programs as Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Adobe Photoshop and other software you may have previously purchased.
• Have all of your online software subscriptions ready in case you need to reinstall them as well.
Tips from Techs
Don’t download and install Windows 10 on the very first day that it becomes available. We recommend waiting it out until the bugs are figured out. As with all software that is newly released there will be bugs and glitches that will need to be addressed within the first couple of months.
If you own a business or have a computer with very important information, you should have the following done on your computer prior to any upgrades:
o Full system image of your computer (this will allow a full restore from before the upgrade, including operating system, programs, settings and data). If the Windows 10 upgrade goes bad or you dislike it, you can go always go back to your previous setup.
o If you choose not to have a full system image we recommend that at least having a good backup of your current data before any proceeding with the upgrade. There is no promise that an upgrade will keep your data! Always better to be safe than to be sorry. Having a proper backup to an external hard drive would be the recommended solution.
Whether you are a home or business user, a full system image backup of your files are recommended. Documents, photos and music can be easily transferred over with our back up services and a full system image can be performed for added security.
If you don’t like how Windows 8 is working out for you and would like to upgrade to Windows 10, we would like to help. Please contact us with questions and we can help set up an appointment to prepare you for the upgrade. We can help you remotely setup a software program to do a full system image. You will need an external hard drive for this installation. Give us a call at 561-336-5434 or fill out our Contact Form today!