Deploying Windows 10… Things to watch out for

Deploying Windows 10… Things to watch out for

If you’re wondering about whether you should deploy Windows 10 there are a number of considerations to make. Systems Assurance’s team of experts have carried out a variety of migration projects over a 20 year span, with the most recent including migrating many customers to Windows 10. Despite the deadline for the free download passing, it’s still worth looking at how you could benefit from it now and into the future.

Reduced updates for older systems
One consideration for deploying Windows 10 is that, as time goes on, the updates for older operating systems will be gradually reduced, with the view to all businesses eventually moving over to Windows 10. Some businesses may still be hesitant to take up the offer whilst it was free to migrate to Windows 10, but now the teething stages are over, it should be a move that you might look towards completing. Delaying this move might lead to complications and slower running systems.

Driver Compatibility
Windows 10 includes a number of changes to the driver model, which may mean that any desktops, mobiles and tablets that have previously been used may require updating before being compatible to use with Windows 10. All devices connected via USB should be disconnected during the installation process for this to be successful. In some cases, this can mean updating certain hardware – however this can be a prime opportunity to refresh your hardware to meet your growing needs and address how your hardware can be upgraded to make your whole infrastructure more efficient.

Windows as a Service
One of the major differences with Windows 10 is that it can be considered as a service. Previous versions were considered products, so this change carries implications for Windows users. There will be things such as sponsored content being automatically bundled on, which can only be removed later on. However, Microsoft has said that Windows 10 as a service they will keep current for the supported lifetime of a device – at no extra cost.

Infrastructure Requirements
Before you deploy Windows 10, you need to make sure that it’s feasible for a smooth transition. Your infrastructure should be prepared, including ensuring that there’s enough disk space for the installation files (which is around 8GB for Windows 10). This is a great time to think about increasing server storage to manage the I/O impact and upgrade hardware to provide not only a smooth deployment process, but also greater overall productivity.

Planning for migration
The most important thing before deploying Windows 10 is planning for the migration process. Having a plan in place will highlight concerns or changes that need to be made before the process begins, which will remove any hurdles that could prevent a successful deployment.

It’s also useful to remember that Windows 10 is being deployed on an ongoing basis, as a service from Microsoft. This means that there will be new features added over time, with improvements being rolled out 2 or 3 times per year and removing the need to update to a completely new version of Windows every few years.

For support with migrating your infrastructure to Windows 10 or for advice regarding the deployment process, please get in touch – 0114 292 2911 or email consult@systemsassurance,com

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