Innovative Ways to Break Away from the Traditional Windows OS Upgrade Conundrum

September 1st, 2015Workspace


Are you tired of upgrading your Windows OS through the traditional wipe and reload method and all the overhead that goes along with it?   Do you want to allow your employees and contractors to use their own Windows 10 devices while still maintaining control of your data and giving access to business applications?   If you answered the first question “yes”, the solution you should consider is in-place upgrades. If the answer to the second question is “yes”, you should consider Windows 10 Provisioning Packages.

First, consider how you traditionally upgraded your Windows OS.   The primary method was the old fashioned wipe-and-load option. During a wipe-and-load the hard drive is erased and a fresh copy of Windows 10 is installed. This methodology offers many different options, including the ability to leave the user data on the hard drive or to back it up to an external network location. In addition, business applications can be added from a software library if desired. This has been the traditional method of upgrade since Windows 95, but it comes with a high level of overhead and risk since the hard drive is erased during the upgrade.

Two new upgrade options were introduced with Windows 10 to alleviate the challenges posed by the traditional methods. First is the option of an In-place upgrade. During an in-place upgrade user data, settings and installed applications are all preserved and Microsoft’s default Windows 10 image is installed on top of the existing OS. One big benefit I have seen is that if the in-place upgrade fails, the installation reverts back to the old OS.

The second option is called Provisioning Packages. So you might be asking yourself, what are Provisioning Packages?   Simply put they are executable packages used to configure a device already running Windows 10 to act more like an Enterprise desktop. Common scenarios for this are BYOD and new devices that come with an OEM version of Windows 10 preinstalled. In these scenarios, instead of wiping the drive and loading the corporate Windows 10 image like you would normally do, you run a provisioning package that configures the device to have the desired corporate standards.

Deciding which approach to use when deploying Windows 10 will depend on your use case. The best way to determine which will work best for you is to engage with Unisys to assess your environment. Are you ready to manage your Personal Computers more like you manage employees Smartphones and tablets? If so, Provisioning Packages might be right for you and Unisys can help you get there.

Learn more about Unisys, its offerings and how Unisys can help you deploy Windows 10.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Scott Fairchild

Scott Fairchild has been working in the Information Technology industry for over 20 years and is a MCTS and MCITP with Microsoft.