You’re prepared, at least mentally, to begin your migration to Windows 10 because you’ve read What Does Windows End of Life Mean to My Business? and Getting Ahead of Windows End of Life. Is your hardware ready, though? How you handle your IT (on your own, as needed support, or with a fully managed agreement) will change how you will have to deal with your transition. The following items should help you decide how to prepare your hardware for the Windows 10 migration.
Do It Yourself
If you own all your own equipment and deal with IT issues in house, then you will want to get started on upgrading or replacing your devices now. While Windows 10 is compatible with many PCs there are some facts to consider before attempting to upgrade your existing systems.
Windows 10 runs best on a solid state disk drive and with 8GB of RAM. So if your current systems have spinning hard drives and less that 8GB of RAM, you will want to acquire and install these parts. Then there is the cost of the Windows 10 upgrade license and your time to do the work (probably at least 1-2 hours, if all goes well). The investment per PC looks like this:
256GB SSD drive $100
8GB RAM $100
Windows 10 Upgrade License $199
Your Time $100
Total (if all goes well) $499
That’s more than half of the cost of a new PC with Windows 10 pre-installed, so it probably doesn’t make sense to consider this investment in machines that are more than 18 months old.
If you run into trouble, it’s likely a vendor incompatibility issue, not Microsoft, itself, so you’ll have to contact them directly. We have found that about 50% of the time, the upgrade fails and must be started over. The bad news is that it will take significant time migrating every PC in your business. You’ll also need to deal with a backlog of Microsoft customer service support if you happen to run into any issues. Remember that almost 70% of the world’s computers are still running Windows 7. It’s almost guaranteed that others will run into issues and need support, as well.
If you are with a managed service provider, you should be just fine. In fact, you likely already have a plan in place from your most recent business review. The plan should include a list of PCs that qualify to be upgrade and a list of PCs to be replaced, along with a timeline for the installations. All new PCs will automatically come with Windows 10, alleviating any upgrade issues now or in the next three years or so. The best part of it, you have to do nothing. No downtime for your business, no extra IT work for you, and no worries.
Just remember that your service provider will soon be booked solid assisting other clients with this transition. It’s important to schedule now so you’re not left waiting.
Time to Get a Contract?
If you’re reading this blog as someone that had planned to do this upgrade on your own but have now decided that you don’t have the time or desire to do so? It’s time to contact us. We’ll make sure that you’re taken care of through Windows 7 end of life and well beyond.