Advisory: Windows 10 upgrade – a cautionary note for business users

Advisory: Windows 10 upgrade – a cautionary note for business users

In the next few weeks, Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10, and for uses of Windows 8 and Windows 7 this is a free upgrade. Users will start to see an icon on their system offering the opportunity to update. I have included an example of what you should see opposite

We have been using Windows 10 for some months through its various beta stages and we like it very much, however; we would caution you and your team not to follow through on any upgrades before first carefully considering the implications. It is known that older versions of Office will not work with Windows 10, but our real concern is for legacy 3rd party applications and devices you may rely on and their compatibility … especially for those updating from Windows 7.

The update is due to start rolling out from the 29th July 2015.

It is our intention to publish compatibility between applications and Windows 10 here. This is likely to be an dynamic list and as we discover or encounter issues we shall update appropriately

Hardware Compatability

Current “preview” Microsoft requirements for your PC or laptop. This should be representative of the full release:

Software Compatability

(Updated 2nd June 2015) Current advice is that the same applications that work with Windows 8.1 should work with Windows 10, however you may end up reinstalling them .. so ensure you have any disk and / or keys available for your applications. Although Windows 10 doesnt yet have an upgrade advisor, Windows 8.1 does have one and it is available here 

(Updated 2nd June 2015) Office 2003 is not compatible with Windows 8.1 and therefore by extension Windows 10. Likewise Visio 2003, Project 2003 and Access 2003 runtime derivatives are problematic . Office 2007 is shown as compatible according to the Windows Compatibility Centre

(Updated 2nd June 2015) Sage Accounts: Sage Accounts 2011 v 17 – not compatible. Sage 50 Accounts 2012 v 18 – compatible. Sage 50 Accounts 2013 v 19 – compatible. Sage 50 Accounts 2015 v 21 – compatible. (Source: Windows Compatibility Centre)

(Updated 2nd June 2015) Sage Payroll: Sage 50 Payroll 2008 – not compatible. Sage 50 Payroll 2010 – not compatible. Sage Instant Payroll v 12 – compatible. Sage 50 Payroll v 18 – compatible. (Source: Windows Compatibility Centre)

(Updated 2nd June 2015) Intuit QuickBooks:  Intuit QuickBooksPro 2007- not compatible. QuickBooks 2008 Pro v 18 – not compatible. QuickBooks 2009 Pro v 19 – not compatible. QuickBooks 2010 Pro v 20 – compatible. QuickBooks 2011 Pro v 21- compatible. QuickBooks 2012 Pro and upwards – compatible (Source: Windows Compatibility Centre).

Windows Compatability Centre

An excellent searchable resource and also includes a Windows 10 Preview check for many popular devices and applications



This information is provided in good faith and based on information harvested from credible and verified sources, but no warranty is provided or implied. We advise you discuss in more detail with your IT support provider or software vendor prior to updating

Lindsey Hall

As both an entrepreneur and an IT specialist, Lindsey offers a blend of deep technical expertise and commercial insight, delivered in language business owners can really understand and trust. She works with clients to provide a full range of services from strategic advice through to project management and infrastructure support. Lindsey is an accredited Cyber Essentials Consultant