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Windows 10 automatically installs for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

If you're still happily using Windows 7 or 8, you're probably fairly familiar with the Windows 10 notification which informs you with varying levels of passive aggression that, 'Your PC is ready for your free upgrade'. However, not content with the amount of people refusing their free goodies, Microsoft have changed the status of the Windows 10 upgrade from 'Optional' to 'Recommended'. For users, that means if you've not turned off automatic updates your computer will no longer need your explicit consent to upgrade.

The download size of the new system is around 2.5GB, which is a fairly big download for those with limited allowances or metered internet connections. If you use WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) in your office, you may have this set to automatically download all recommended updates which means this download could start on all the machines in your office simultaneously.

A lot of your machines updating at once will have a negative effect on your network and internet connections. It's also not possible to use the machine whilst its updating, and the update will take far longer with older machines. The full size of the installation is somewhere between 9GB and 11GB - that's the storage space that is required over and above anything already on the machine.

For those who don't want to upgrade to Windows 10, it is inadvisable to turn off automatic updates (although this will prevent Windows 10 from installing). It is possible to interrupt the installation if it starts, but an easier way of handling the systems update is to change your Windows Update security settings. You can then select the option which allows you to pick and choose the updates that the system automatically installs.

If you are happy to update, make sure that all of your programs, applications and systems will remain working on Windows 10. If they don't, it's important that you look into replacements for these applications or find out if it is possible to upgrade them. You should also think about any printers or scanners that you use infrequently, as these need to be able to work with Windows 10 too. You can reverse the process and return to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 up to 31 days after Windows 10 has installed, but the process is time consuming and not recommended.

Transcendit highly recommend speaking with your IT specialist regarding Windows 10 to discuss any potential problems with this update. If you need help with your programs and applications or are still worried about Windows 10, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at 0191 482 0444. We are happy to take as much time as you need talking through your options.


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