Deadline day for Microsoft’s unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 10 is fast approaching when the offer officially expires next week on July 29, 2016, one-year after the operating system’s initial release, writes GS Systems project manager Andrew Elliott.
Free Microsoft download until 29 July 2016
With only a fortnight to go before the ends, we recommend hospitality operators and retailers upgrade as a priority to ensure they don’t have pay to download the operating system on 30 July 2016.
After that you’ll need to pay for it and it will cost £99 for Windows 10 Home users, or £189.99 for Windows 10 Pro.
New personal computers provided by GS Systems have Windows 10 operating system pre-installed.
However, there are existing customers who are still using Windows 7 (don’t worry you’re not alone: according to Netmarketshare Windows 10 is on around 19% of machines worldwide, languishing far behind Windows 7, which is on nearly 49% of PCs worldwide).
If you have a spare five minutes watch the above fun video from Microsoft giving you 10 reasons to upgrade. It is made in America but the sentiments apply equally to the UK and Europe.
As Microsoft will support windows 10 longer than any older operating system, we suggest operators back-up existing information and data and upgrade their system to windows 10.
Upgrading is very simple and can easily be done online by following this link. The entire process should take approximately 90 minutes.
An upgrade takes around 90 minutes – preschedule for 6am for minimum disruption
Once you click on upgrade, you will be asked to schedule a time to carry out the upgrade. I would suggest setting to this to 6am as this will minimise the impact in your business.
Before you upgrade PLEASE make sure back-up all your data.
Clients with SLAs can ask for advice and support
If you are an existing client with an existing service level agreement, do not hesitate to contact our support team by email email@example.com or call 0161 483 5595 (and press option 1 for support) if you have any queries or are unsure what to do.
Obviously our Windows 10 upgrade advice also equally applies to hospitality operators and retailers who don’t currently work with us.
This would be the perfect opportunity to review your operation’s existing EPOS and technology resources to ensure you benefit from the latest innovations.
Ask yourself if they are suitable for your current and future requirements as you grow your business and look to add more sites, attract new revenue streams or want to ensure you optimise your margins?