10 Windows 10 migration issues you need to consider

Most companies plan to wait to upgrade to the new OS, and for good reason

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Mark Hachman

Upgrading to a new client operating system is a massive headache for the CIOs of most organizations. That's because it's disruptive, it impacts hardware purchasing decisions, it drains IT budgets and it can take up hours of IT staff time.

So the release of Microsoft's Windows 10 on July 29 begs some awkward questions about if, when and how best to proceed with a move from Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Vista or even the no-longer supported Windows XP.

If you're not planning a migration to Windows 10 any time soon then you’re in good company. A survey carried out by WA-based systems management company Adaptiva at Microsoft's Ignite 2015 conference in in May found that 71 percent of those polled said their companies plan to wait at least six months from the release of Windows 10 before migrating. 49% said they planned to wait more than a year.

Larger companies with more than 100,000 end users were even more conservative, with over 80 percent planning to wait a year or more.

[Related: The Windows 10 upgrade: Who should do it, who could wait]

But whether you’re hoping to move to Windows 10 in 2015 or plan on waiting until 2016, 2017 or even later, here are 10 things you should start to consider now.

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