5 Potential Complications After Upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10

5 Potential Complications After

Upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10

5 Potential Complications After Upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10

Even though you may feel you thought of everything, you may still encounter challenges after you upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After all, upgrading your entire organization to a new operating system doesn’t always go smoothly. Whether you’re preparing for an upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10, or you’re already past that point, your IT teams have to be prepared for what’s ahead of them.

Everything from insufficient hardware to data loss can become a challenge for teams who have upgraded to Windows 10. Let’s take a closer look at the five potential complications that may arise after upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10.

1. Your Hardware Isn’t Cutting It

While it is advised that you ensure your current hardware is compatible before you upgrade to Windows 10, sometimes this step gets overlooked. After all, Microsoft kept the official system requirements the same for Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and now Windows 10. So, in theory, you shouldn’t have an issue.

However, it’s not always sufficient to blindly trust Microsoft’s general recommendations. Occasionally, legacy hardware will lack the proper drivers or compatibility requirements for a Windows 10 upgrade. This can cause minor inconveniences like slow load times and memory issues, or it can stop the computer from booting at all. If this occurs, double check your hardware to ensure compatibility. This should be one of the easier fixes for IT departments, since proper hardware can be purchased then put in place.

2. You’ve Lost Data

One of the worst things that can happen after an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is data loss. It can be extremely frustrating to lose data, as it can often be either difficult or even impossible to recover. In theory, installing Windows 10 using an in-place should not wipe your data, though there is always a chance that something could go wrong when upgrading to a new or in-place operating system.

The good news at least is that data loss is also one of the most preventable complications. If you haven’t encountered data loss as of yet, make sure to back it up to another location. It is a simple fix that will give you - and your entire organization - the peace of mind. If you’re unsure of where to get started, consider using a backup solution such as BackupSimple to help support your organization’s efforts.

3. You’re Experiencing Driver Issues

It’s frustrating, but it happens. You could be going about your daily business and all of a sudden, Microsoft tells you “something happened on our end.” If you’re experiencing shoddy video and audio quality, unexpected shutdowns, can’t print, or anything else that has begun to inconvenience you throughout the day, it’s highly likely that you’re having driver issues.

While they’re irritating to deal with, driver issues are some of the most common problems with upgrading to Windows 10. Try to find which piece of hardware is the root of the issue, and check the manufacturer’s website for the most recent driver details.

4. Implementation Wasn’t Well-Planned

IT departments should try to communicate as much as possible throughout the implementation process. Otherwise, there could be a few issues during and after implementation. Users need to be aware of the fact that there are two types of installation: new and in-place.

An “in-place” installation is what Microsoft typically recommends, but for a number of reasons, an IT department may encourage a new installation. A new installation means an error-free system free of unnecessary data. But it also means you’d have to back up your data. Ensure your colleagues know that if they have chosen to carry out a new installation, their data must be backed up. Otherwise, you could be looking at serious data loss and performance issues post-implementation.

5. Your Team is Having Trouble Adapting

When it's time to upgrade to a new operating system like Windows 10, it’s inevitable that some of your team may have trouble adapting. With more drastic upgrades such as this, your team may feel completely thrown by how different completing their daily tasks have become. Worse, they may not know how to efficiently solve problems that arise after the upgrade.

This is why effective communication is so important. Talk with your team members so you can begin to understand what their biggest pain points are. And if your IT department doesn’t feel fully equipped to tackle these types of complications, consider enlisting a third-party solution such as the Microsoft Advisory Services we have here at SoftwareONE. Backed by 30 years of Microsoft experience, our experts will help your organization develop a roadmap to ensure all of your technological investments are properly aligned and running smoothly.

Moving Forward with Windows 10

As you upgrade to Windows 10 and beyond, keep track of the complications you’re experiencing. They may crop up again at some point, and it’s good to understand what worked best when you and your team were learning to tackle. Complications after upgrading your operating system are inevitable, but they don’t have to be difficult fixes. As long as you have the support, tools, and communication needed to face these roadblocks head-on, you’ll be able to overcome them.

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Dan Ortman, Author SoftwareONE Blog

Dan Ortman

Microsoft Advisory Services Practice Lead

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