Opinion

Upgrading a corporate desktop to Windows 10

After having no issues upgrading my Surface Pro to Microsoft’s new OS, the next step was to start working on my next target.

Corporate PCs are a dime a dozen with companies such as Dell, HP and Lenovo building in huge quantities machines that meet the basic needs of many users in the workplace. Old ones are also often found on sale as companies migrate to newer systems so good deals can be found if you don’t need the latest or greatest system.

Lenovo ThinkCentre - bet you've seen one of these or its friends in many an office.

Lenovo ThinkCentre – bet you’ve seen one of these or its friends in many an office.

So here I am with a Lenovo ThinkCentre running Windows 7 Professional off a Core 2 CPU using the Windows 10 upgrade ISO to install over the default configuration. The great thing about these machines is the Windows license is clear for you to see as the sticker is usually on the computer itself making it easy enough to determine what OS you can install or in this case, what upgrade you can apply.

My choice of using the ISO was simply because there was enough disk space for me to have the installer on the machine’s HDD and avoid any driver issues that could arise from a USB or DVD drive. So I extracted the contents into a separate folder “Install” so as to not confuse it with the REAL Windows folders.

The upgrade was a painless process once again; the system was scanned, updates downloaded and the OS installed all in one seamless run that lasted about an hour. Once it’s complete and you’re logged in for the first time you’ll begin to see additional apps coming down from the Windows Store such as Email, Calendar, OneDrive, etc.

For some users whose systems have DVD drives and qualifying apps/license you’ll also find an official Microsoft DVD Player app come down which is a nice freebie (those who don’t qualify have to pay for the Microsoft version, or get VLC instead). Some items (such as the DVD Player) and their updates can take their sweet time downloading but once the first batch come through it’s mostly seamless and will work away in the background allowing you to get back to work.

I will admit that the process for this upgrade was helped a lot by running it on a PC that had a clean install with no other applications to worry about but I’m still impressed with the end result and Windows 10 feels as fast as the Windows 7 installation that it replaced.

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