10 Windows 10 Upgrade Tips

10 Windows 10 upgrade tips to reduce installation complexity so your business runs more smoothly.

      1. Most legacy computers can’t run Windows 10. Windows 7 will be supported until 2020. This means you have time to update your legacy systems. Costs to update can be spread over 3 to 4 years Develop a lifecycle management plan for your company’s PCs so business disruption, sudden major costs and security risks are minimized. Consider Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), delivering centralized workspaces internally across all devices, when developing your plan. Centralized delivery can decrease overall hardware, device and infrastructure costs.
      2. Some of your employees are upgrading to Windows 10 while others are not. Undertake an audit of your computers so you know which security updates, upgrades and patches are required for which PCs to reduce security risks and viruses across all computers throughout the lifecycle management plan implementation. A cloud hosted monitoring system informs of you of upcoming pending out of date devices as well as provides you with insight into exactly what you own and what needs or can be upgraded to Windows 10.
      3. All applications don’t run on Windows 10. Others will run on Windows 10 but if launched and not used, will slow your Windows 10 system down. Find out which ones you need to run your business and which ones you don’t and ensure those you don’t are either deleted or disabled.
      4. Older computers running Windows 10 will be slower than newer ones. Disable shadows, animation and visual effects to improve performance. You can also open the System Properties dialog box. Click the Advanced tab and click “Settings” in the Performance section. just select “Adjust for best performance” at the top of the screen and then click OK. Windows 10 will then turn off the effects that slow down your system. Working collaboratively with an experienced vendor to plan for the upgrade process can help you centrally manage performance settings and provide a better adoption experience for all of your end users.
      5. If you have installed and run into difficulty, unlike previous Windows versions, Safe Mode in Windows 10 is hard to find and activate. To boot to Safe Mode:
        • Hold the Shift key down while you click Start, Power, Restart.
        • Once you are in the Windows Recovery Environment, select Troubleshoot, then Advanced options, then Startup Settings, and Restart.
        • When it restarts, you should see a number of options. Press 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with networking.
        • Once you sign into your account in Safe Mode, you’re done. Just restart your PC to return to a normal boot.
      6. Performance Problems discovery -Windows 10 has a very useful, little-known tool that can sniff out performance problems and solve them. To launch it, type troubleshooting into the search box, and click the “Troubleshooting Control Panel” icon that appears. Then click “Run maintenance tasks” in the System and Security section of the screen that appears. A screen titled “Troubleshoot and help prevent computer problems” will appear. Click Next. The troubleshooter will find files and shortcuts you don’t use, identify any performance and other issues on your PC, report them to you and then fix them. Note that you may get a message that says, “Try troubleshooting as an administrator.” If you have administrative rights to the PC, click it and the troubleshooter will launch and do its work.
      7. Genuine Licensing identity for installation can be an issue. For free upgrades, if you’re prompted for a Win10 key, click Skip, Do This Later, or Next (depending on the dialog box). Don’t bother trying to find a Windows 10 key. There’s a trick to activating your free Windows 10 upgrade — a trick that Microsoft didn’t bother explaining until a month after it released the final version of Windows 10 on July 29. Here’s how activation goes for free Win10 upgraders: When you upgrade a “genuine” Windows 7 or 8.1 system to Windows 10, if you want to end up with a “genuine” copy of Windows 10, you have to do an in-place upgrade first. As part of the in-place upgrade, Microsoft confirms that you have a genuine Win7 or Win8.1 key and, if so, stores a record of your machine and the fact that your machine now has a “genuine” copy of Win10. Microsoft calls that a “digital entitlement.” Once your machine has a digital entitlement, you can install or reinstall Windows 10 any number of ways, and Microsoft will always remember that your machine is authorized for a genuine copy of Windows 10.
      8. Your programs don’t appear on the Start menu’s All Apps list. If you have more than 512 programs on your machine, Windows 10 gives up — the apps don’t appear on your Start all apps list. Although the apps are still installed, you can’t get to them through the Start menu. Your system may freeze, it may become very lethargic, and links might not work. The 512 limit applies not only to programs. It’s the total of all the programs, folders, files, and shortcuts that you have in your Start menu, on the left and right (tiled) sides.
      9. Antivirus issues – Some legacy antivirus solutions may not be compatible with Windows 10 or may cause issues during the upgrade process. Before upgrading to Windows 10, re-evaluate your antivirus deployment strategy and programs to ensure that all devices are secured and maintained by a centralized platform and conform to uniform corporate standards and governance.
      10. End user support – Even after a successful Windows 10 upgrade your users are going to need assistance navigating the new interfaces and tools provided. To help users troubleshoot issues or navigate the new interfaces you can contact Microsoft Support at https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca or consider contracting an agency that can provide supportive collaborative services to ensure that your Windows 10 transition runs smoothly at deployment and into the future.
Sources and Excerpts:
InfoWorld Deepdive, Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10, Woody Leonhard
Computerworld from IDG, 12 Windows 10 Install Issues, Woody Leonard
Computerworld, Windows 10 Quick Tips, 5 Ways to Speed Up Your PC, Preston Grata
Third Octet Inc., Joe Peckford, Director, Client Relations
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