Windows 10: To upgrade or not to upgrade

You may have noticed a ‘Get Windows 10’ pop-up notification on your taskbar in the last few months. On July 29, 2015 Microsoft is launching the new Windows 10. As it prompts you to sign up for your free upgrade, you may be tempted to upgrade immediately.

Windows 10 is being advertised as being the best Windows ever. However, here are a few reasons to wait. 

You have plenty of time to get the free upgrade:Again, the Windows 10 release date is July 29. Existing Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users will have one year (until July 29, 2016) to upgrade free to the new version. So there is no rush. Wednesday is smack dab in the middle of the work week. According to Microsoft, you should, “plan for about an hour for the installation.” Newer devices may take as little as 20 minutes and older devices may take more than an hour. Then after the installation, you’ll sit down and try to get back to work, only to realize that the many elements have changed. For one, the start button is back, the hot corners are gone, there’s a new Action.

The changes aren’t going to be so huge that you’ll be lost, but it’ll be different enough that it will take some time to get acclimated to using it. Give yourself some time to play and learn the new layout.

There will definitely be updates for Windows 10:The roll out of a new operating system is a major operation. There will be bugs and patches., especially in the first 3 to 6 months. The least amount of time you spend doing updates and repairs is optimal. Although the version being launched July 29, 2015 has been tested thoroughly, a major error or bug could still slip through the cracks.

Remember, your work and POS computers are mission-critical components of your business. Let the dust settle, and be assured that when you eventually do upgrade to Windows 10, that the chances of any major or even minor bugs have already been ironed out.

Hardware and Software manufacturers will still need to play catch-up in the form of updated drivers: Your printer, hardware, software, receipt printers, bar code scanners may stop working. Most windows 7 and 8.1 devices and programs should be fine. Check for compatibility on older 
This is part of the unknown of a new upgrade. The majority of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices will probably work fine with the upgrade. When you reserved the upgrade, a compatibility check should have been run to tell you if all the hardware would work Additionally, if you have older POS devices, you run the risk of not being able to find updated drivers at all. Notwithstanding all these precautions, there may still be a certain number of printers and other pieces of hardware and software that stop working. Windows 10 is expected to be a great success. But in terms of upgrading your existing Windows 7 or 8.1 POS machines, patience hath reward.