Blog / Trinus Recommendations for Windows 10


Hardware and Network Support

  1. Hardware: If the computer is 5 years old – or older, then it most likely is not a good candidate. Microsoft’s minimum recommendations are:
    1. Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster.
    2. RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    3. Free hard disk space: 16 GB.
    4. Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.

However, we recommend doubling or even a tripling of these specifications, especially the RAM, if you want your computer to perform properly after the upgrade.

  1. Available Internet Bandwidth: The free Windows 10 upgrade is available as a download and requires a reliable and fast Internet connection, as the size of the upgrade is between 4.5-6 GB. The downloads need to be managed properly so that the overall Internet performance does not impact other users on the network. You should also check with your internet service provider (ISP) about any data caps on your connection. This is especially important if several computers on a corporate network are being upgraded.
  2. Current Operating System: Your existing computer must have either Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8.1. This is an “in-place” upgrade; most of your settings, data, and programs should be retained.
  3. Post-upgrade Windows 10 Updates: By default, updates are streamed constantly and thus, the updates and Internet bandwidth should be managed via a combination of domain and firewall policies to avoid any potential impact in internet bandwidth performance.
  4. Printers: Printer and other peripheral device drivers should be checked for compatibility with Windows 10 prior to upgrading. Older devices may not have correct drivers and will not work properly in Windows 10.  For example, some printer features may be disabled or unavailable with an outdated driver.

Software and Applications Support

  1. Applications: The most important criteria is that users must check with their application providers about the following:
    1. Compatibility with Windows 10
    2. Any required upgrades to the application (and their cost).
    3. Application support on Windows 10.
  2. Free and Downloaded Applications: Users must also be prepared to upgrade any free applications that they currently have on their computers. Web-based applications that require certain settings and adjustments on browsers may not work with the Windows 10 EDGE browser. Users should test these applications with alternate browsers like Internet Explorer 11 and Google Chrome.
  3. Rollback: The Windows 10 upgrade can be rolled back within 30 days of the upgrade, although this is not a reliable way to revert back to your previous Operating System. In some (extreme) cases a roll back may require a compete format and reinstall of the original operating system on the computer.
  4. Backups: It is strongly recommended to run a full (verified) backup of your computer before starting the upgrade to Windows 10.

On request, Trinus can help block the upgrade on corporate networks via a combination of group and firewall policies on domain computers but this request should be reviewed on an individual (customer) basis. In certain cases, upgrading to Windows 10 can be a positive move.

Microsoft will be continuing support for Windows 7 until 2020, but the opportunity for the FREE Windows 10 upgrade expires on July 29, 2016.

Please contact us if you would like to plan a migration to Windows 10.


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