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Our Digital Club, Part 6 - Migrating to Windows 10

posted Aug 30, 2015, 2:05 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Sep 15, 2015, 2:57 AM ]
Is your computer telling you it is time to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?  Before you do so, do a little homework.
It may save you a lot of headaches later.

A lot of people upgraded painlessly, even on some old computers made 5 years ago.  But not all.

NOTE as of Aug 30, 2015 -  HP's website says they will only guarantee updated Windows drivers and compatibility for Windows 10 on equipment that was manufactured AFTER Aug 2013. Some other mfrs have similar issues. Most Dells moved very well even the old Optiplex Core2 models..

But, if your HP computer or printer is older there is a good chance that even though Microsoft says you are good to go, you are, in fact not.  Many people using HPs have had to recover their computer back to Windows 7 or 8 or replace their old printer when things don't work. If that's you, make sure you follow the recovery path that they recommend to revert back or you may not be able to go back at all. Best to go to the HP website first (before upgrading) and look up your computer by model number for guaranteed compatibility. Some computers I have migrated require a mfr BIOS upgrade first. If you start with and follow the HP Upgrade Assistant to upgrade it will alert you of BIOS changes.

If it's a failing printer, and you remain on Windows 10 it may fix itself in a week or more through Windows updates. But as I have run into, if it looses network connectivity after upgrading, you will not be receiving these Windows updates. So if you remain running Win 10, it won't be possible to fix a network connectivity issue automatically.

Does this mean you can NEVER run Windows 10? No, they are working to release old drivers that work through Windows update but it may take time, if ever.

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