Microsoft is forging ahead with Windows 10 and the overall reception from end users has been a positive one! Yet, there are still many business consumers who prefer Windows 7 or 8. Whether this choice is based on an end users wants or needs, here lies the problem – Microsoft has given OEM manufacturers (HP, Dell, etc.) a deadline of October 31, 2016 to end shipping computers with Windows 7, 8, & 8.1 operating systems pre-installed. After the October 31st deadline,Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 pre-installed on computers will be limited to what is already in stock. Once stock is depleted,
these machines will no longer be available.

Thankfully, Microsoft has made allowances for businesses to be able to downgrade from Windows 10 to these older operating systems. The downgrade will require a full reformat and reload of the older operating system, which can be time consuming and add cost to your computer purchase.

If you are a small business currently using Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, you need to know whether your applications, security products,peripherals, and/or machinery are compatible with Windows 10. If not, you will need to upgrade to a compatible version of your products, or make plans to continue running Windows 7 , 8 or 8.1 computers.

Another factor to consider is the Windows 10 free upgrade is only available until July 29, 2016. If your business wants to upgrade, and you have verified Windows 10 compatibility, now is the time!

Please contact your Diversified Computer Resources Sales Representative to discuss how to leverage the upcoming changes.