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Prepare for the challenging move to Windows 10

Organizations can cling to past versions of Windows as long as they want. But, eventually, they will have to accept Windows 10, and they should learn how to prepare for the move.

As someone who has made a habit of moving -- three times in the last four years and seven in the last eight if you count college -- I know it's one of the most stressful experiences a person can deal with.

You have to find a place that suits your needs in terms of size, price and location. You have to pay for that place, the realtor and a moving truck. And you have to pack up everything -- which always takes longer than you expect it to -- and clean like you've never cleaned before. Then, once you set up in your new place, it can take days, weeks, maybe even months to get everything just the way you like it.

The move to Windows 10 in the enterprise isn't all that different. IT must figure out the operating system's hardware requirements, how the licensing works and what changes they might have to make to their management strategies -- not to mention the questions around application compatibility and driver errors. 

Some IT departments might choose to hang back with Windows 7, but Microsoft will push organizations out that door by ending Windows 7 support in 2020.

Fortunately, once IT admins move to Windows 10, they can truly make it their own. Microsoft has said Windows 10 is the last iteration of the operating system; the company will continually update Windows 10 instead of making full-fledged OS changes. So you don't have to worry about putting a few holes in the wall or painting the kitchen a new color; Windows 10 is yours.

Find out how to make the migration process as smooth as possible with this three-part guide.

Next Steps

Other articles in this guide:

Three Windows 10 upgrade questions all IT admins should ask
Before making a move to Windows 10, IT admins need to know how licensing, hardware and management are different. They also must understand the benefits and drawbacks.

Hardware, app compatibility key concerns when preparing for Windows 10
When it comes to moving to Windows 10, admins should keep minimum hardware requirements, potential problems with Office and device drivers, and web app compatibility at the front of their minds.

Should you stick with Windows 7 or migrate to Windows 10?
Although upgrading operating systems is always tempting, migrating to Windows 10 may not be the best move for everyone.

This was last published in January 2017

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