Should I upgrade to Windows 10? —TM
This seems to be the topic of the day lately for all us PC users.
And really, it depends. There are so many variables to consider.
A lot of it boils down to personal preference and your own business circumstances.
Although this is more of a technical question (I focus mainly on business operating and marketing principles here), there are definitely some business implications so I’ll share my thoughts.
First and foremost, talk to your technology people.
(Don’t have any? Get some! This is one of the important support relationships to have in business.)
In my business, I call on my “computers guys,” a local father and sons computer and IT business who have been my go-to fixers and advisors on all things computer-related for many years now.
When I asked them about ugrading to Windows 10, here’s what they advise:
“Reserve your free copy, but don’t install it. All new software is buggy, and this one is no exception. We recommend everyone wait for at least six months when a lot of the initial bugs and problems will likely have been identified and fixed.”
As you weigh this decision about whether or not to install, a couple other things to take into account are:
- How old is your computer?
- Do you have the system requirements for an upgrade to 10?
- If you upgrade, will all your other software and tools you use regularly still work or will you have to upgrade them as well?
- If you install and then have problems, how will that impact your client work and turn around times?
I’ve been hearing horror stories from clients and business associates who upgraded to 10 right away.
I’ve also heard from other people who think Windows 10 is awesome and have had no problems (so far, anyway, lol).
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer.
Personally, I never install new software right off the bat.
I have too much work to do to deal with the aggravation and time-suck of computer problems and learning curves that are easily avoided by simply waiting a bit longer.
I know from experience that it takes working with things more in-depth before any issues/bugs raise their ugly heads. And that’s usually at the most inopportune time. I have a fast-paced practice and the last thing I need are computer problems stopping everything up.
Plus, I never upgrade right away to the latest (and the “latest” is not necessarily the “greatest” to be sure) because my clients rarely do, and it causes difficulties/incompatibilities in a lot of ways when you are ahead of your client curve.
In fact, you may be surprised that up until a couple weeks ago, I was still running XP and Office 2003/2006 on my primary workhorse computer.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a technophobe in the least. Far from it. You can’t be in this business.
And I have always had all the new stuff on my laptops.
But bad design is bad design.
I just don’t like anything Microsoft redesigned after XP so I kept it on my main computer. If it ain’t broke, there ain’t nothing that needs to be fixed. 😉
It’s like this: Just because something is “popular” and “everyone is doing it,” doesn’t make it good.
Likewise, just because something is new, doesn’t make it good.
But technology marches on and the day finally came that I was forced off my beloved XP and Office 2003/2006, lol.
Now, I have Windows 8.1 on everything and running Office 365.
I am probably going to install 10 on my least-used laptop just to see what it’s all about.
But I most likely will not install 10 on my main desktop work computer for another couple years when I have a new computer built by my “computer guys.”
All in all, in deciding if now is the right time for you to upgrade to Windows 10, take this into consideration as well:
Are you newer in business and have few or no clients? Then this might be a great time to bite the bullet and see what happens.
Because if you do run into problems, they won’t have a big impact and you have more time on your hands to deal with them.
However, if you have a busy client roster and workload, you don’t have the same kind of space to deal with computer issues.
If you can’t afford the time, aggravation and downtime that potential computer problems may cause in your practice, I would say slow your roll and give it another six months.
There’s no reason you have to rush into anything right this second. Windows 10 will still be there and in far better shape than it is right now.
And if/when you do upgrade, be sure to check out all the useful Windows 10 articles I’ve pinned for you that will help you learn all about the new features, tweak your settings and make the best use of it in your practice.