Making the Right Decision for Your Windows 10 Migration
As you prepare for your migration to Windows 10, ensuring that your hardware is ready is of utmost importance. The approach you take to handling your IT, whether it’s managed in-house, with as-needed support, or through a fully managed agreement, will influence how you navigate the transition. To help you decide the best course of action for preparing your hardware for the Windows 10 migration, consider the following options:
Do It Yourself:
If you own all your equipment and handle IT internally, it’s essential to begin the migration process promptly. Fortunately, Windows 10 boasts high compatibility with most PCs. In case of any issues, it’s typically due to vendor incompatibility, not Microsoft itself, so reaching out to the vendor directly is recommended. Upgrading from Windows 7 to 10 is a straightforward process—simply run the ISO file from Microsoft.com, a USB, or a DVD. However, keep in mind that migrating every PC in your business may take considerable time. Additionally, there might be a backlog of Microsoft customer service support, as a large percentage of computers worldwide are still running Windows 7. Expect others to encounter issues and seek support, which could potentially lead to delays.
Managed Service Provider (MSP):
For those with a managed service provider, the migration process should be seamless. Chances are, your MSP already has a well-structured plan in place based on your recent business review. Over the next few months, your IT company will ensure software compatibility with your line of business applications, coordinate with vendors as necessary, and schedule a convenient time for the update, ensuring a smooth transition. This is also an opportune time to consider any needed hardware upgrades. New PCs typically come with Windows 10, eliminating any upgrade concerns for the next few years. The best part is that you won’t have to worry about a thing—no downtime for your business, no additional IT tasks, and complete peace of mind.
If you’re under a full managed services agreement, the upgrade is likely covered, and hardware requirements will be handled through a new monthly payment plan (Hardware as a Service – HaaS agreement). If you have a partial agreement or operate on a break/fix model, you may be billed for the time needed to complete the upgrade. Nonetheless, your IT company will provide comprehensive support. Keep in mind that service providers will be in high demand to assist other clients with their transitions. Hence, it’s crucial to schedule your migration promptly to avoid delays.
Considering a Contract:
If you initially planned to handle the upgrade independently but now find yourself short on time or the desire to do so, it’s an opportune moment to engage with Prestige Computer Solutions. We ensure that you’re well-supported throughout Windows 7’s end of life and well beyond, providing you with a smooth and hassle-free transition.
Rest assured that with the right approach and support, your Windows 10 migration will be a successful endeavor, allowing your business to leverage the benefits of an updated and secure operating system.