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