Close up on windows computerThere can be good reasons to not upgrade to a new version of an operating system, and these reasons will change over time. Many Windows users choose not to be early adopters when a new version of Microsoft’s operating system is released. These users prefer to see the latest OS go through its paces in the wild, where user feedback and bug reports influence how Microsoft measures the success of their release and subsequent updates.

When Microsoft released Windows 10 in July 2015 many users reported systemic failures upgrading to Windows 10. This was often tied to conflicts with older hardware and drivers.

Fast forward to present day, and Microsoft has made it easy for users to determine whether their system is compatible with Windows 10. Combine this with the enhanced security layers in Window 10’s OS and user friendly productivity tools, it has increased in popularity and the benefits of upgrading are positive. According to The Verge, Windows 10 is now “ …the most popular desktop OS in the world, finally beating Windows 7’s market share.”

Windows 10’s Minimum Requirements

Microsoft offers the following information to determine whether you can upgrade your system to Windows 10. The minimum requirements include:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster compatible processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard drive size: 32GB or larger hard disk.
  • Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800×600
  • Internet Connection: Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates and to take advantage of some features.

If your hardware is not compatible with a Windows 10 upgrade, Bennett Office Technologies will help you audit your current hardware, recommend opportunities to upgrade components or help you plan for a new computer purchases.

The Risks of Not Updating to Windows 10

Microsoft’s mainstream support for Windows 8.1 ended on January 9, 2018 with extended support available through January 10, 2023. Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015 and extended support ends on January 14, 2020.

Why Upgrade When There is Still Extended Support for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7?

With extended support, Microsoft continues to provide bug fixes and security patches for older operating systems. Beyond these dates, these patches are no longer provided. Extended support for Windows XP ended in April 2014. Anyone running an older system like Windows XP puts themselves and their organization at great risk because these systems no longer benefit from any security patching by Microsoft.

While there is extended support for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, the window for extended support is closing. Windows customers are often not aware of external factors that can prevent them from upgrading. Intel has been communicating a shortage in processors due to increased demand following the end of extended support for Windows XP and pending end of extended support for Windows 7 and 8. Contact Bennett Office Technologies if you are concerned about this shortage and how to plan your business upgrades.

Ask Bennett Office Technologies for a Free Assessment!

Whether you are an individual planning to upgrade to Windows 10, or a company planning to update a collection of workstations, thoughtful planning is required. A transition from an older system to Windows 10 will be smooth when you have a game plan to backup data, capture Windows profile preferences, audit applications that are business critical and compatible with Windows 10, and are prepared with the right hardware to run Windows 10 effectively.

Bennett Office Technologies works closely with clients to make the transition to Windows 10. For assistance on determining your personal or business computer needs contact our team of experts at Bennett Office Technologies. Business owners are welcome to complete our Technology Assessment form and we’ll contact you to do a free assessment.

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