It's Time for IT Managers to Prepare a Windows 10 Upgrade Plan
NEWS ANALYSIS: The long-awaited upgrade cycle for Windows 10 is about to begin. Now it's time for enterprises to decide when and how to upgrade their computers.It's no secret that in a matter of hours Microsoft will start distributing Windows 10 upgrades with the goal of getting to dump older versions in favor the latest edition. While it will send out the upgrade automatically, corporate IT managers have control over which of your computers will get the new version of Windows when your organization is ready for it. Microsoft is also parceling out the upgrades so that not everyone is getting upgraded at once. Furthermore, if you're using a Windows Enterprise version, systems administrators will control the upgrade. Individual enterprise users won't be able to get the automatic upgrades being sent out by Microsoft. For businesses that aren't running the Enterprise version of Windows, Microsoft will deliver the upgrade for computers running legitimate copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. You should have already seen a Windows logo appear in the desktop taskbar, down in the lower right corner of the screen on each computer. If you click on that logo, you'll be given the opportunity to reserve a free upgrade.
When that upgrade is actually made available by Microsoft depends on two major factors. First, it depends on whether Windows 10 is ready for that specific computer. Not every hardware driver is ready for distribution, and Microsoft will have collected information on your hardware when you reserved the upgrade. You won't be given the opportunity to upgrade until the package is completely ready.