With the free upgrade period for Windows 10 ending July 29th many business owners are wondering whether there might be show-stopping surprises waiting for them when their new PCs boot up Microsoft’s newest OS for the first time. Fortunately, for most businesses there are only a handful of serious issues to be concerned about.
How to Check Your PCs for Windows 10 Compatibility
Microsoft includes a compatibility checker right in its Windows 10 update program. You can access it from your Windows 7 or 8 PCs by doing the following:
Once it finishes scanning your PC the check tool will report whether Windows 10 will be able to run and will also report any compatibility issues it found with your applications and devices. The issues could be minor, like a media card reader you’ve never used won’t work. Or they could be major, like a mission critical application won’t be able to run after updating.
Many compatibility issues can be resolved by simply updating your apps or device drivers. Microsoft has excellent informational pages on updating drivers for both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For incompatible applications you should check the publishers’ websites for Windows 10 updates.
Windows 10 Known Compatibility Issues
Most unresolved compatibility issues are in older applications and drivers that have not, and likely never will be, updated. Here are the most likely issues that could cause a problem for your business.
In the end the PCs most likely to have compatibility issues are those running very specialized pieces of software or connected hardware. Most general purpose business PCs can be upgraded to Windows 10 without issues. Despite the looming free upgrade deadline, the benefit in taking the time to review and address compatibility issues is worth the cost for your business.
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