Microsoft Targets Small Business and Home Users with its Recommended Windows 10 Upgrade

By Tom Garfath @condordeitgroup

Is Windows 10 sneaking itself onto your computer?

Windows 10 has been out for around 6 months so why are we blogging about it now?

On Monday 1st February the upgrade to Windows 10 was changed from Optional to Recommended.  This may not sound momentous but as the default setting on a new PC is to install Recommended updates automatically, you could find yourself upgrading without realising it.

There will be a prompt before the upgrade but this will only be displayed after the upgrade files have been downloaded to your PC.  As the download is over 3GB this could cause problems if you have a number of PCs in your office and the bandwidth on your internet connection is capped.  10 years of supporting PCs has taught me that a large number of people will click OK without reading the content of pop up messages so some people will be in for a shock.

Who will this affect?

This has been targeted at home and small business users so Enterprise and Embedded versions of windows are excluded.  If you are currently running Windows 7 or 8 Home or Pro Editions and have the default Windows Update settings expect to see this soon.

Should I Upgrade?

This is a completely free upgrade and the offer is available until July 29, 2016.  Windows 10 is a new operating system with many improvements made to the flexibility and productivity features and not simply an update like Windows 8.1.

By upgrading you are ensuring that you continue to receive the latest security and feature updates from Microsoft.  Windows 7 reached the end of Mainstream Support in January 2015!

I have been using Windows 10 since the middle of 2015 and we rolled it out to all of our Service Desk PCs here a few months ago.  We love some of the improved new features such as snap assist which makes it really easy to arrange multiple windows on your screen.  If you are lucky enough to be using a Touch Enabled device such as the Microsoft Surface the interface will automatically change to be optimised for Touch when it detects it has been removed from the Keyboard or Docking Station.

We have not experienced any compatibility issues with any of the applications we use but if you do rely on any specific products you would be best to check with the vendor to make sure Windows 10 will work for you.  They may have specific updates for Windows 10.

What if I don’t like it?

There is a 30 day period during which you will be able to roll back to your previous version of Windows in Settings > Update & security > Recovery.

If you would like to find out more about Windows 10 or simply need professional advice on the latest Microsoft products and solutions, please email us on enquiries@concordeitgroup.com or contact us on 08432 480000 and we will happily assist you.

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About the author

Tom has been working in IT for over 10 years, he joined Concorde in May 2014 and took up the role of Service Desk Team Leader in May 2015.  His team are the first port of call for all support requests.