Upgrade now. No wait. Ok now you can upgrade! If these are messages you have been hearing and are unsure as to what you need to know or how to prepare to upgrade your computer to Windows 10, hopefully this article will offer some guidance. If you are running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 you are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Microsoft. This free upgrade is only available until July 29, 2016, so you will want to do this sometime before that timeframe expires. The free upgrade is not available to computers running Vista- running Vista requires the purchase of a license and a clean installation of Windows.
The first step to upgrading is to make a list of all the software that you are currently running on your computer. With this list you are going to want to contact each vendor to ensure that their software is compatible with Windows 10. If you have an IT vendor you work with, this would be a good job for them to handle for you. If you do not and are comfortable making those calls please reach out to the Technology Committee and we will be happy to assist you (see email at bottom of this article).
The second step is make sure that you all your data is backed up. If you are unsure how to back your data up, again please see the email link at the bottom of this article. Backing up your data ensures that should anything happen during the upgrade, all your data is safe and can be restored.
You should be aware that the process to upgrade could take close to 3 hours, so best not to perform this while you are trying to close month end financials! Windows 10 will be compatible with most versions of Office- Office 2010 and earlier. There are the potential for some minor glitches, these are not consistent across the board but things to be mindful of; issues with certain Antiviruses, printers and VPN’s. If you are running Microsoft Security Essentials, you should be fine.
Overall the process for all should be fairly painless. The folks at the Technology Committee are here to answer any questions you may have.
Thank you for your time and we are hopeful you found this helpful. Please reach out to us at ITCommittee@whchamber.com.
The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee
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