When Windows 10 arrives, will your files, programs, and peripherals such as printers, scanners, webcams etc survive?
Microsoft is offering a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. Can’t beat that deal. But you should check to make sure your files, applications and settings remain intact after the transition.
“You can still check your PC to see which hardware and software may not play ball with Windows 10. (edit- if some items fail check again because Windows 10 is still in beta – wait a few months after more systems have upgraded world wide)
Click the Get Windows 10 icon. In the Windows 10 upgrade window, click the icon with the three horizontal bars, aka the hamburger icon [edit -top left corner].
From the left pane that appears, click the link to Check your PC.
A Compatibility Report opens to tell you if Windows 10 will work on this PC. You’ll also probably see a list of any hardware and software that may not be fully compatible or may not work with Windows 10. ”
Should you jump in and take up the offer on July 29th?
My advice is NO
I say don’t be in a rush. The offer is there for a year. Wait a while before upgrading say 6-9 months and then do the check for software/hardware compatibility.
The other thing is if you are happy with Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 you have at least another 4-5 years of support from Microsoft and by then you would probably have a new computer, printer etc.
If you decide to upgrade, BACK UP FIRST!
First rule of computing – backup, backup, backup.
And by that I mean an image backup – create an image of the entire machine.
Operating systems are incredibly complex – simply because there are hundreds of thousands – maybe millions – of possible combinations of hardware and configurations. Even in the best of worlds, somewhere, something will go wrong for someone.
If that someone is you, you’ll be glad you have a backup you can restore to.
I hope this helps in your decision. Of course if you need my help just give me a call.