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Windows 10 Migration: 4 Tips to Help IT Prepare

While some IT professionals are excited about the switch to Windows 10, others are determined to stay with Windows 7/8 for at least another year. In an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible, Andrew Froehlich reveals for InformationWeek some tips to making the switch more smoothly.

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Migration to the new Windows does not need to happen overnight, and it does not need to happen immediately. Every organization is different, but here are four tips to help make the switch more effective:

  1. Upgrade outdated hardware.
  2. Keep in mind application compatibility.
  3. Think about how to confront updates.
  4. Prepare for training.

The switch to Windows 10 is the ideal time to update older computers that may not be functioning to their desired standards. Despite the requirements essentially being the same for Windows 10 as they were for 7 or 8, this is still a great time to update and make an employee’s day with a shiny new toy for them to play with.

Before you take the time to install an entire new operating system, first make sure that your existing applications are compatible. Look into every type of application and modify them prior to making the switch to avoid any delays.

Something slightly different about Windows 10 is how updates are handled, because they will become auto-updates. There is a fear that these auto-updates may leave some applications incompatible and cause a plethora of future problems. To help make updates more quickly and still be sensitive to this fear of IT professionals, Microsoft has developed “Windows Update for Business.” This will allow for some of the updates to be deferred for some time so that the business can make the appropriate adjusts to accommodate their technology and applications to be compatible.

Windows 10 will prove to be much more user-friendly in comparison to the leap made in Windows 8. The simple tasks parallel older versions of Microsoft, but there is a wide difference between Internet Explorer and the new Edge browser, which may cause confusion. Take the time to effectively train employees to be able to handle this.

You can read the original article here: http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/windows-10-migration-4-tips-to-help-it-prepare/a/d-id/1323806

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