The Small Business Case for Windows 10
Now is the time to start planning for the move to Windows 10 for your business. For only the next few months there is an opportunity to get the Windows 10 software at no cost to your organization. And for the typical small business that free offer could save you thousands of dollars. Below is our 3-step guide for making the switch to Windows 10:
Reasons to Make the Switch to Windows 10
Proven - Windows 10 has now officially been on the market since July of 2015. Product reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. And Microsoft also released the first major update in November that included a number of improvements and fixes. As of January 2016, Windows 10 was installed on over 200 million systems.
Performance Gains - Windows 10 is fast – much faster than what you might be used to if you are using Windows 8 or 8.1. Windows 10 is also easy to navigate with very powerful and intuitive search functions throughout.
Easy Does It – A big bonus with this new version of windows is that it isn’t a huge resource hog so it doesn’t require you to go out and buy brand new computers for everyone in your organization. Many of the PCs purchased in the last few years can more than handle what Windows 10 will throw at them.
Minimal Learning Curve – If your staff is comfortable with using Windows 7 or 8, then there is really no need for additional training time.
Three-Step Process to Move Your Business to Windows 10:
STEP 1: Windows 10 Readiness Check
Hardware Check. While the system requirements are not steep you’ll want to be sure that all of the computers in your organization can run Windows 10 efficiently so that you can get the biggest benefit from making the switch. You’ll want to take an inventory of the computers you currently have to see if now is the time to do any RAM upgrades or possibly replace the really old PCs you’ve been holding on to.
Software Applications Check. For the most part any software applications that run well on Windows 7 or 8 will be fine on Windows 10. But if your office depends on an app that is several years old or that had to be modified in some manner to run properly then it would be worth a second look. Check with the software developer to verify that their package will run on Windows 10. One warning flag is if an application you use will only work on older internet browsers like IE9 for example.
Virus and Corruption Check. You’ve probably heard the saying ‘garbage in, garbage out’. When making a major change like switching to a new version of Windows, we want to make sure that the environment is as clean and stable as possible beforehand. Be sure to do a thorough check for virus and malware infections. And any ‘problem child’ systems you have that perform poorly now may show signs of needing a fresh install of Windows prior to doing the upgrade to Windows 10.
STEP 2: Proof of Concept
Once the above Readiness Check is complete, we recommend doing the Windows 10 migration on a small sample size of computers. Depending on the size of your organization this could be a single PC or maybe a handful.
But you want to make sure that the proof of concept is done using some of your ‘power users’. These are the computers that use all of the applications, printers and scanners that you operate on during a typical business day. They will provide you with the best feedback on how the switch will impact the rest of your users. We recommend allowing the proof of concept group to operate for a week or two before proceeding on to a company-wide rollout.
STEP 3: Full Deployment
Once Windows 10 has been proven to work in your environment then you are ready to start the migration across the rest of your organization. Keep in mind that there will be downtime during the changeover. Just the download of Windows 10 itself can take some time. And there may also be software and driver updates that will need to be done manually.
IT Can Be Overwhelming. We’re Here to Make It Easier.
Migrations like moving to Windows 10 can be a big effort for most small businesses. Not only do you have to worry if you’ll get the technical piece right, but you’ll also have to invest plenty of hours. Hours that could probably be put to better use inside your business.
We’re here to help with everything from the planning and taking an in-depth look at your current setup, to executing the entire deployment.