There has been a lot of press over the fact that Windows 10 has been released for free, although not everyone is eligible for this upgrade.
If you have a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or 8, you should have started to receive notifications offering you the free upgrade. This option allows you to reserve your free copy of Windows 10, whether you choose to upgrade now or in the future; this offer won’t expire for a year, so you have some time to decide.
If you’re on a different OS, you are not eligible for a free copy of Windows 10. You can contact us to purchase a licensed copy as usual.
Windows 10 Changes
So what changes for you if you upgrade to Windows 10?
The Update Process
Microsoft have had a lot of press regarding their changes to Windows 10’s upgrade procedure; instead of the fixes and service packs we are used to, there should be security fixes and minor patches every month, and then every 3-4 months a feature update or other significant change. This represents Microsoft’s attempt to get away from the concept of Windows as a product, and instead sell it as a service – something that is constantly changing and developing.
Whilst most programs should work as expected in Windows 10, there have been reports of unexpected compatibility issues cropping up. If you are concerned about the upgrade process disrupting your workflow, we’re happy to help our clients through the upgrade.
Kogo has begun to upgrade to Windows 10, and thus far we’ve had very few issues.
We’ve not encountered any issues yet during setup, and machines were only down for a short while during the upgrade process, with very little work needed to restore each system to the way it was before.
Should You Upgrade?
While our experience has been quite positive, we are aware that there have been concerns raised about the OS, and we have observed driver support, privacy, and functionality issues. It is understandable to be concerned about the effects the upgrade process could have on your usual workflow, and we want to help you. We are happy to help clients with the upgrade at any step of the process, contact us today to find out more.
So we recommend you do not upgrade for the time being. The Windows 10 free offer doesn’t expire until July of next year, and there are always unseen problems with new software, especially operating systems. While we are optimistic about Windows 10’s future, we recommend you wait a few months and see how the OS develops in that time. If you are considering upgrading, or would like further information, please feel free to contact us.