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Complete guide to Windows 10 migration

Any organization looking to perform a Windows 10 migration needs to know the key differences that exist when migrating from the different versions of the Windows OS, including Windows XP, 7 and 8.

Introduction

Many organizations are asking a deceivingly simple question when it comes to migrating to Windows 10: How should we upgrade?

The answer to that question changes depending on what operating system an organization uses. One company might work with Windows 8.1 while another still uses Windows XP, which makes a big difference in how the Windows 10 migration process works. Qualified Windows 7 and 8 users, for example, can upgrade to Windows 10 for free within the first year of the OS's life.

This comprehensive guide compiles all the information organizations must know about migrating from different Windows OSes. Also find out how the update process -- with its branches, rings and bands --works once a company has completed its Windows 10 migration.

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What you need to know about Windows 10 migration

Moving to Windows 10 should not be a major challenge as long as IT administrators know the different requirements the migration process calls for on different OSes. With Windows XP migrations for example, admins have to test their hardware inventory and application compatibility because Microsoft doesn't support in-place or leapfrog upgrades. And if an organization is making the jump from Windows 7, licensing and patching are of the utmost importance.

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How to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 10

Learn about some key considerations for a Windows XP to Windows 10 migration, including installation options. Potential hardware compatibility issues are also important to keep in mind because Windows XP generally runs on older machines that may not have the resources to run the new OS efficiently. Continue Reading

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Are you qualified to jump from Windows 8 to 10?

Moving from some versions of Windows 8 to Windows 10 is free for now, so organizations should consider the upgrade. Find out how upgrade eligibility works and what hardware requirements exist. Continue Reading

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How to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10

When making the leap from Windows 7 to Windows 10 it's important to consider how to handle apps and which versions of Windows are eligible for a free upgrade. Continue Reading

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Windows 10 upgrade delays could be pricey

Not performing a Windows 7 migration could end up costing companies more money in the long run because extended support comes with fees, and Windows 10 is free -- for now. Continue Reading

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Make the jump from XP to Windows 10

If an organization must migrate from Windows XP to Windows 10 it is possible to leapfrog OSes -- XP to Vista to Windows 7 to 10 -- or admins can perform a clean install. Continue Reading

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Windows 7 is still a security priority

Microsoft's Windows 7 support ends in 2020 and many shops are gearing up for a Windows 10 migration, but Windows 7 security must remain on IT's radar. Continue Reading

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More on making the move to Windows 10

Once an organization has made the move to Windows 10, the planning doesn't stop. Admins have to pick between the four different update branches -- most notably Current Branch for Business or the Long Term Servicing Branch -- to control the cadence of the updates. Any admins who want an advanced look at Windows 10 features can use the Insider Program, which includes two different paced update rings. Admins should also be aware that Windows Update for Business will be available to them, too.

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Four potential Windows 10 upgrade issues

An upgrade to Windows 10 shouldn't give organizations too many headaches, but app and hardware compatibility -- as well as cost -- could be some factors to consider before taking the plunge. Continue Reading

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Windows 10 updates have a nice ring to them

Microsoft's Windows 10 Insider Program has update rings that let curious IT administrators explore the new features and changes on the horizon for enterprise desktops running Windows 10. Continue Reading

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Navigate Windows 10 update branches

Windows 10 features three update servicing branches -- Current Branch, Current Branch for Business and Long Term Servicing Branch -- and IT administrators must choose the right one to meet their shops' needs. Continue Reading

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How to upgrade to Windows 10

Individual users running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Just enable Windows Update, open the Get Windows 10 app and follow the instructions to reserve and download an upgrade. Continue Reading

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How does Windows Update for Business work?

Microsoft's cloud-based Windows Update for Business service will help enterprise IT administrators deliver Windows 10 updates to users, but how it works isn't 100% clear yet. Continue Reading

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Key Windows 10 migration terms to know

A list of need-to-know Windows 10 migration terms.

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