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You’ve probably heard the buzz about the release of Windows 10.  You have probably noticed the Windows 10 upgrade icon in the taskbar near the clock on the bottom right of your screen.  That’s right, Windows 10 is here.  We’re getting plenty of questions regarding Windows 10 here at TAP Tech, and thought we would address some questions for everyone!

How much does Windows 10 cost?

Microsoft is giving Windows 10 away to all valid 7,8, and 8.1 users except those running Enterprise versions.  We rarely encounter Enterprise versions in small businesses, so you shouldn’t have to worry much.  There is a catch here- Microsoft is only offer the free upgrade for 1 year.  This means that you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 by about August 2016.  Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 on that device for free for ever!  If you do not qualify for an upgrade, you can purchase Windows 10 Pro for about $199 from most common retailers.

Will I lose all of my programs and data if I upgrade?

We’ve done some testing here at TAP Tech and are pleased with the upgrade process.  Almost all of your programs will transfer over without issue.  Your data will come along too.  Furthermore, if you have some legacy program that you find does not work well, the roll-back process works nicely.

Is my software compatible?

The easiest way to find out is to contact your vendor.  They should know right away, as they have probably been asked this question many times already.  Most main stream software is looking pretty good!  Custom Line of Business software takes a little more time to get up to speed.

Does TAP Tech recommend upgrading?

We always like to wait a few months after new releases to “let the dust settle.”  Microsoft will be hard at work fixing any issues that early adopters find, and we wouldn’t want your business to be stuck waiting for those updates to come out.  More importantly, if you’re running important software that your business depends on DO NOT UPGRADE UNTIL YOUR SOFTWARE PROVIDER ANNOUNCES COMPATIBILITY!  In our experience, most programs that run on Windows 7/8 work fine on Windows 10, however, it is not worth the risk for your business.

For home users we recommend upgrading right away!  Check out Windows 10 and the new start menu.  We’re sure that you’ll like it.

As always, please feel free to contact us right away if you’re interested in upgrading or have any additional questions!