LAGRANGE – New...improved...and free. They're some of the most powerful words in advertising and they are words Microsoft is using in touting the new operating system they released Wednesday.
The “Get Windows 10” icon began showing up on computers eligible for the free upgrade a couple of months ago. You may have even clicked to reserve your free upgrade.
But a local computer expert says you should give it some thought before you install the new operating system. When it comes to Windows business users, Preston Pilgrim of Pilgrim's Computer Services in Lagrange says you need to lay some groundwork before jumping right in.
"If you're running a software you purchased from a supplier, say for running your dental practice, your law practice, your farm, go and check with the software manufacturer before you do the Windows 10 upgrade. They may have things on their website that you need to download. There may be special drivers you need to have. You won't know until you go and ask them. If you don't see anything on their website, I'd recommend calling them just to be sure that it will work."
Once you're sure all your software is compatible with the new Windows you need to back up your data and create a system restore point before clicking the install button.
Pilgrim says users who still have Windows 8 on their machines instead of 8.1 will need to do another upgrade before moving to Windows 10. Sometimes the upgrade will do that for you, but other times you'll have to go to the Windows App Store to find the 8.1 upgrade.
Home users may feel more comfortable becoming early adopters of Windows 10 but they still need to heed the precautions and might want to hold off just awhile.
"I'm not sure I would jump right on it today. Maybe put it off a week, ten days, give it time for all the technical people like us to delve into it and see if it's really as good as it seems and that there's no bugs that are going to bite you."
While Pilgrim suggests most users wait awhile before installing the new operating system – you have up to a year to do so – he suggests it's worth replacing older hardware if necessary to get the features Windows 10 brings….
"What we're seeing with Windows 10 makes it worth buying new hardware to get the features involved in it. It actually brings back the desktop, it brings back many of the features Windows 7 had, and it's a much more friendly operating system in the way it runs."
Pilgrim says the new Windows also runs faster than its predecessors.