I am the “volunteer” IT person for a non-profit agency with 30 standalone desktop/laptops all running windows 7. There are 3 physical sites, none with a server. Most are running Windows 7 software purchased through the TechSoup program. A few were purchased with Win 7 installed.
I have successfully installed Win 10 on a few machines through the conventional 2 step method of downloading and installing. I have around 27 to go.
Should I continue in this method or use a USB/DVD ISO?
ALSO, some computers are indicating they are not capable or running Win 10 because video drivers are not available for Win 10.
Does it make sense to purchase Win 10 compatible video cards to replace the on circuit board built in video cards?
If there is a link that answers these questions please direct me…..I could not find any.
Windows 7 is an excellent operating system that will continue to be supported by Microsoft for at least another 1440 days. Unless you have a very specific and compelling reason to upgrade to Windows 10, I wouldn't bother. By the time support runs out, it's likely that you will have acquired newer computers that are already running Windows 10 and have up-to-date, compatible hardware.As for the choice of upgrading via download or USB/DVD, I don't see a big difference. Whichever seems easier to you. The more exotic enterprise methods, involving images and provisioning and whatnot, require a lot of preparation and generally assume the presence of servers, domains and active directory.
I'm surprised by the video card issue, unless the computers are very old. Keep on mind that Windows 10 is a 64-bit OS and only runs on 64-bit compatible hardware.
Eno thank you for your quick response.
One thing I question. You wrote:
"Keep on mind that Windows 10 is a 64-bit OS and only runs on 64-bit compatible hardware."
On the Win10 specifications page:
1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space:
So it appears to run on both 32 and 64bit computers.
I think I saw there was a 32 & 64 bit version when I installed it on my laptop.
But the other thing to consider is that you don't really gain much if you upgrade from 7 to 10. At least not that I can see. On the downside it seems my laptop has a lot more JUNK running in the processes now than it did before. Because of this I still have not upgraded my main desktop PC.
Rational thought aside, has anyone considered WHY Microsoft has made the upgrade to 10 FREE!? I mean, what do THEY get out of us upgrading? Last time I checked they were not a 503 charity bent on improving world computing conditions. :-)
I am not overly paranoid (AFAIK) but this "gift" has me more than a liittle worried when I think about it. What am I giving up in return...?
I stand corrected, I think.
The "64-bit only" claim was from one of the presenters at a recent Microsoft Cloud Roadshow. Must have been intended to apply to a specific situation? I hadn't questioned it because all my clients are already using 64-bit versions of Windows 7 Pro.
I'm going to be tied up for a few days but if I find out the details, I'll post them back here.
Use the USB/DVD ISO. The Windows 10 installation files are very large and you don't want to wait for them to download each time you upgrade a computer. Copy the flashdrive or DVD and you can upgrade bunch of computers simultaneously.
Whether it's worth buying a video card depends on the value of the computer and the price of the card. There are plenty of video cards on ebay.
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