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Windows 10, Outlook 2010, Should You Upgrade Now?

Three weeks after its release and all the computers in Monkey Towers are finally running Windows 10. We left nothing untouched, desktops, laptops, notebooks and tablets, if it ran Windows and was eligible for an upgrade, we upgraded it.  We even have our 2015 iMac dual booting to Windows 10!

All in all, the installations went pretty smoothly. We had some issues with a HP Stream, but that was down to a lack of space on it (it only has a 32GB SSD drive). Eventually Windows 10 installed on it, if you find that you don’t have enough space on your drive to perform the upgrade, you can insert an external USB drive and that should solve that issue.

With regards to software, everything we’ve thrown at it has worked. Adobe CS6, AutoCAD 2015, DraftSight and Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016 all work fine. We did come across an issue with Outlook 2010. Two clients informed us that after they performed the upgrade to Windows 10, they can no longer send email through Outlook 2010.

According to MSOutlook.info there is a relatively easy fix for this which involves running sfc /scannow from the command prompt. We haven’t run that fix ourselves yet, so we can’t vouch for it 100%.

More information on that fix can be found here: http://www.msoutlook.info/question/cannot-send-after-windows-10-upgrade

We’ve had no issues with peripherals either. Our printers and scanners all worked after the upgrade without any need for us to make changes. Likewise, Bluetooth and Wireless Keyboard / Mouse combos all worked fine too.

What we have found upgrading the various different computers here in Monkey Towers and in our homes, is that if your computer originally ran Windows 7 without an issue, then it should run Windows 10 fine. I have an 8-year-old Sony Vaio VGN N38e that originally came with Windows Vista running Windows 10. It’s not perfect, I wouldn’t expect it to be, but it runs Windows 10 almost as well as it ran Windows 7. I certainly would not switch back.

So, do you make the jump to Windows 10 now, or do you wait a while. Well, that really depends on you. If you are upgrading a work computer, are you willing to put in the time and troubleshoot problems if they should arise? Is there business critical software on the computer you propose to upgrade? If so, have you checked to see if there are any known issues with it and Windows 10? That old printer sitting in the corner, that you somehow managed to get working with Windows 7, if it no longer works under Windows 10, are you willing to purchase a new one?

If you are a home user, do you run the risk of you children’s wrath if their games don’t run under Windows 10?

These are the type of questions you need to ask yourself. If, after asking yourself these questions, you are happy to proceed, then welcome to Windows 10. Just remember, before you do an upgrade, make sure to back up your data, just in case.