Windows 10 is imminent. Here’s what businesses need to know

Windows Update Message. You should ignore this for now.

Windows Update Message. You should ignore this for now.

You may have heard that Windows 10 will be released this month and that it will be Free.  Or you may have noticed that there's a little white Windows icon next to clock on your Windows Desktop.  If you double click it, Microsoft asks you to reserve your copy of FREE Windows 10, which releases July 29. This is no scam.  Computers currently running certain versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 10.  The updates will start rolling out in batches beginning July 29.  This is exciting news for home and small business users, but it comes with a few caveats:

  • We don't quite know just yet what issues will be encountered on the day of the upgrade.  It will be prudent to wait while any bugs are worked out.
  • We don't know what programs will be incompatible with Windows 10.
  • The upgrade process can take several hours, costing businesses significant downtime if done during business hours.
  • There is the possibility of data loss/corruption during the upgrade.
  • The upgrade process will ask for personal information that should not be released outside of the company.
  • Will printers or other devices work after the upgrade?

For these reasons, managers should advise their employees not to start any upgrade or update processes that may appear starting July 29 and extending for several weeks.

Cloud Media will work with our clients to determine if the Windows 10 upgrade is the right business decision and to come up with an upgrade plan in the coming months.  The upgrade is free until July 29, 2016 so there's plenty of time.

What if I've already Reserved?
You can cancel your reservation by following these instructions:

Windows logo in the systray asking to reserve your copy of Windows 10. Ignore this, too.

Windows logo in the systray asking to reserve your copy of Windows 10. Ignore this, too.

  1. Right click on the White WIndows logo by your clock
  2. Click "Check your upgrade status"
  3. Click "Cancel Reservation"
  4. Click "Cancel Reservation" again

Please Contact Us if you have any questions or concerns about upgrading to Windows 10 or any other IT needs for your business.

Visit the Windows 10 Upgrade FAQ page for additional information