Microsoft Starts Singing the Windows 10 Siren Song

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2015-07-13 Print this article Print
Windows 10 Upgrades

You've seen the Windows logo that appeared in the System Tray in the lower right corner of you screen, but you haven't done anything about it. What's next?

Microsoft stores are gearing up to help with the transition to Windows 10 if you're worried, and they'll help with migrating applications and data if you want to upgrade your hardware as well as Windows. In addition, Microsoft is working with retailers, ranging from Best Buy to Walmart, to set up programs to help make the switch.

If you've seen that logo in the corner of your screen and you have registered for the upgrade, one of two things will happen on or around July 29. The first is that Windows Update will download Windows 10, run the update and you'll be greeted with the new operating system ready to boot up at some point soon after.

Or the Windows Update event will happen and the upgrade will fail. The reason for the failure will be available through Windows Update (which is how I found that one of my computers won't run Windows 10).

The reason for failure may be incompatible hardware such as a video card that you can swap out or it may be a processor that won't work as it was in my case. If it's something as simple as a video card, try replacing it. Otherwise, eventually it'll mean a new computer if you want to work with Windows 10 or an upgrade to some other operating system.

If it turns out that your computer will run Windows 10, then it seems likely that your installed applications will also run. So far, everything I've had installed on a computer that I've upgraded to Windows 10, including some not-very-mainstream applications I use for network testing, have run as intended. A few, including a ham radio control program from RT Systems, now run better on Windows 10 than they did on Windows 7.

My suggestion is that you find a couple of computers that are currently running Windows 7 or 8.1, and which have the applications you use commonly installed and download the preview version of Windows 10 now to confirm that everything works. Then use that experience to help with the inevitable learning curve when Windows 10 arrives for real in three weeks or so.

By getting ahead of the official upgrade, you'll be able to anticipate most questions (and maybe send out an email to help your acquaintances seeking advice). You'll also be able to confirm that everything works or figure out a solution if it doesn't.

The advantage for companies with desktop versions of Windows is that the experience isn't all that mysterious; you'll still have most of the things you're used to and they'll be in mostly the same places. It's probably the least painful OS upgrade I've seen so far, and that's something to look forward to.



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