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Windows Upgrades

Windows 10 might not be free anymore, but there are still a lot of computers that will need to upgrade over the coming years. With that in mind, we wanted to offer a few quick words of advice on what to watch out for when you upgrade to Windows 10.

Hardware Compatibility

Can my computer run Windows 10? If your computer currently runs Windows 7 or Windows 8 you can run Windows 10. The hardware requirements are very similar.

Driver Issues

Will all of my drivers work? Some third party software will not automatically find the drivers that you need to run your third party programs. In that case, you'll have to go to the manufacturer's website, re-download the Windows 10 compatible drivers and reinstall your software.

Software Compatibility

Will all of my programs run on my Windows 10 workstation? If it worked on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, it should be compatible with Windows 10 as well. If you're running a program that was originally designed for Windows XP or Windows Vista, it may not be supported in Windows 10.

Default Applications Change

Something to keep in mind is that your default applications will change when you do an upgrade to Windows 10. For example, your PDF reader will change from the native Adobe Reader to Microsoft Edge. Your internet browser will also change form Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox to Microsoft Edge.

To chance the default, simply right-click a PDF file on your computer, then select ‘Open with…’ and select the program you would like to use.

Data Loss

Upgrading a workstation always comes with its share of risks. Always make sure you have backups of all of your software and all of your data before you do Windows 10 upgrade.

If you decide to do the Windows 10 upgrade and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out, reach out to us at Prophet and we can give you a hand.

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