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Tips for Upgrading to Windows 10

Are you upgrading to Windows 10? Take These Few Words of Warning First.

Windows 10 is here to stay and many companies are holding off on installing the upgrade, sticking with Windows 7 or 8 for now. However, these versions won’t be supported by Microsoft forever, and here’s what you need to know when you are ready to migrate your business to Windows 10.

First, don’t let your employees upgrade on their own! Letting employees perform their own random upgrades will interrupt business, causing downtime from compatibility issues (as well as the time it takes your employee to muddle through the update themselves), and could even cause security problems – leaving your business vulnerable – and impacting your bottom line.

Make sure your employees cannot upgrade their computers to Windows 10 themselves, and then talk to your IT service provider to help you put together a plan.

The first step in your upgrade plan should be to test the compatibility of your company’s software with Windows 10. Use a spare desktop computer to load all your business technology and apps and identify the incompatibilities and address them.

Once you are ready to upgrade, ensure your plan minimizes downtime by performing the upgrades during the night or weekend to minimize the disruption to your employees and clients.

Make sure your team is trained on the differences in Windows 10 and they know how to continue to working efficiently once the upgrade has been completed. Nothing says “productive and happy” like a well-trained workforce (along with proactive updates and 24/7 IT support from your managed service provide!)

When implemented appropriately, you’ll find that Windows 10 is “lighter” which means it takes less processing power to work well. It is designed to boot up more quickly, and its user interface combines the live-tile system along with the Start menu bar which everyone is accustomed to using.

Even better is that it is purpose-built for Microsoft’s Cloud subscription model, making it easier than ever for users to work across devices as well as work remotely with other team members. As more and more companies move their computing to the Cloud and software as a service (rather than stick solely with on-premise servers and desktop-specific programs), they’ll find that making that scary migration to Windows 10 will have many benefits once everyone is trained and comfortable using it.

Microsoft is saying that this is last version of its operating system that it will be putting out, at least for foreseeable future; going forward there will be updates to Windows 10, but no longer major versions (so, there won’t be a Windows 11).

The bottom line is that time marches on, technology evolves, and operating systems change—and your NJ business has to stay in step with these changes or feel the impact of lost revenue.

When you’re working with a managed IT services company like IND Corporation, you’ll find your upgrade experience to be all about staying current and productive, and planning and managing change to minimize reactive support needs and maximizing your profit.

Contact us for a consultation about your needs and to determine how to align your technology with your business goals! Based in Parsippany, NJ, we specialize in fixed cost IT support and consulting services for small and medium-sized companies in Northern New Jersey.