Things to be aware of and prepare for when upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10

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Microsoft has published many validation and upgrade documents to ensure a smooth transition to Windows 10, but it still seems to be a stumbling block. In the case of corporate PC migration in particular, there is also the possibility that upgrade problems will directly affect operations.

Things to be aware of and things to prepare when upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 .

Windows 10 upgrade flow
Windows 10 upgrade flow
Let’s first look at the flow when Esys upgrades corporate PCs to Windows 10.

Verify Windows 10 Compatibility
Check if the device you are considering upgrading is compatible with Windows 10. The device support status is published on each manufacturer’s site. The compatibility information of the major manufacturers Windows 10 is as follows.

·Toshiba | Windows 10 upgrade supported target model
·Panasonic | Windows 10 support information
·Fujitsu | Windows 10 upgrade information
·HP | HP products tested with Windows 10
·Dell | Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and previous versions of Windows 10 tested Dell computers
· Lenovo | Windows 10 version 1703 (updated March 2017) verification system list
· Sony | Windows 10 information

Check current environment
The first thing to do is to check the device environment such as the current hardware configuration and OS information.

· Understanding the number and types of devices
· OS version information of each device
· Investigate whether special devices have been introduced for each job
Confirm the application used
After checking the device, check the application you are using.

· Understanding the applications used by users and departments
· Be aware of not only desktop applications but also the web applications you are using
Plan your upgrade
Once you understand the current environment, you will actually plan for the transition. We make a plan about the following contents.

· Creating an overall schedule
· Verify the device to upgrade
· Budget calculation for upgrade
Consider the migration method
For migration to Windows 10, consider migration methods according to the work environment and purpose.
There are the following ways to migrate to Windows 10.

Upgrade
How to migrate to Windows 10 while maintaining the existing OS environment. It is possible to take over application, driver, OS setting etc. as it is

Clean Install
How to newly install Windows 10. Existing applications, drivers and OS settings are not inherited.

Migration verification
Before actually migrating in the production environment, test the compatibility and actual operation in the test environment. The confirmation points are as follows.

Confirming the Migration Procedure Confirm
whether migration is possible without problems in the assumed migration procedure.

Operation check of hardware and peripheral devices Check the operation
of various drivers and peripheral devices after transition. Please refer to the Upgrade Readiness tool from Microsoft for checking the compatibility of applications and drivers. (The description of Upgrade Readiness is described later)

Confirming the operation of each application
Make sure to check whether the data will be taken over for each application used in business, especially.
There is a site from Microsoft where you can check the status of Windows 10 compatible applications on the market, so please refer to it.
( Ready For Windows  ? It becomes an English page. )

About Upgrade Readiness
Upgrade Readiness is a tool that analyzes data collected from Windows for upgrade, provides reports on upgrade readiness, reports of problems, and recommendations.
Upgrade Readiness

? From ” Use Upgrade Readiness to manage Windows upgrades (Windows 10) “

To use Upgrade Readiness, you need to sign up for ” Overview | Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) “.
? Reference ” Overview of Operations Management Suite (OMS) | Microsoft Docs “

After logging in to OMS, specify the version of Windows 10 to be upgraded on the “Configure Upgrade Readiness” screen, and execute the downloaded script on the PC to be upgraded to display the results.

“Upgrade Readiness Settings” Screen

? Use Upgrade Readiness To Manage Windows Upgrades (Windows 10) than

Introduction to production environment
After operation verification, we will introduce to the production environment according to the deployment plan and upgrade method considered in advance.

Operation management after upgrade
Operation management after the shift to Windows 10 is also an important task of Ms. We will educate new users how to use the new functions and maintain recovery procedures in case of problems so that users can use them comfortably.

Points to be aware of when upgrading to Windows 10
Let’s look at some points to keep in mind when migrating to Windows 10.

Upgrade time to Windows 10
When migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10, be prepared to take several hours, depending on your environment. Microsoft also comments that it takes up to 24 hours. Make sure to upgrade during non-business hours.

Data transfer when upgrading to Windows 10
The data is preserved when migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Documents stored in “Documents”, images stored in “Pictures”, videos stored in “Videos”, etc., as well as data stored on the desktop are retained even when upgraded to Windows 10 I will stay with you.

You can also use basic settings such as login accounts, desktop icons, and browser favorites.

However, there is a good possibility that the data may be lost if something goes wrong during the upgrade process. Therefore, be sure to back up important data before migration.

? There is data that can not be taken over!
Features that were lost in Windows 10 will not be inherited. For example, desktop gadgets that were in Windows 7 have been discontinued in Windows 10 and will not be inherited.
In addition, desktop wallpaper is also provided in Windows 7, and the obsolete wallpaper will not be inherited in Windows 10.

The default browser for windows 7 was “Internet Explorer”, but for Windows 10 it has been changed to “Microsoft Edge”. Therefore, the favorites registered in Internet Explorer will not be inherited by Microsoft Edge.

Make sure your system has enough disk space
Windows 10 requires at least 10GB of free space. This number is the minimum number, so 16GB is what I want from a practical point of view.
If there is not enough free space, it is necessary to add a hard disk, delete unnecessary files, and save data.

Disable or uninstall anti-virus software
One of the causes of OS update failure is anti-virus software. Anti-virus software may detect unexpected system configuration changes as malicious attacks and block them. The same applies to software such as firewalls.
Microsoft recommends that anti-virus software be updated before the OS upgrade. If you can not disable anti-virus software, be sure to update to the latest software in advance.

Disable all background software
As with anti-virus software, software running in the background is one of the causes of OS update failure. If possible, disable the software running in the background and delete the software registered in the startup program once.

Do not install “Critical Updates” at the time of upgrade
When migrating to Windows 10, you may be asked if you also want to install “Critical Updates”. If you install “Critical Update” at the same time, there seems to be a problem that the migration does not end with some trouble.
Make sure to select “Don’t run now” when upgrading, as you will do for updates after Windows 10 setup is complete.

Disconnect peripheral devices
Remove media such as printers, scanners, USB and SD cards. When updating the OS with an ISO image, disconnect from the Internet as well.

Don’t forget to backup
With the upgrade to Windows 10, you can migrate most of your data, settings, and programs you are using. However, be sure to back up the necessary data, thinking that migration is trouble-prone.

· Data used in business
· Saved password and login name
· Setting information of each application
Environment maintenance after upgrade
When upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10, many applications and settings are designed to take over, so basically you can start using it immediately after migration.
However, it doesn’t mean that upgrading is not necessary. At a minimum, let’s confirm the following items.

Check if previous data, applications, settings, peripherals are available

Switching
from a Windows 10 Local Account to a Microsoft Account When upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, user accounts are migrated as “local accounts”. You need to switch to “Microsoft account” to use OneDrive and Windows apps.

Setting Up OneDrive Sync Settings in
Windows 10 If you want to use “OneDrive” for online storage, you need to set it up to work with Windows 10.

Changing file and app associations in
Windows 10 There are some new apps added to Windows 10, but the file associations that were set up in previous environments may have changed. Let’s change it if necessary.

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