Should I Update to Windows 10?

Windows 10Windows 10 is now available and they've made it easier than ever to update to the latest version of Windows.  You may have seen pop up windows encouraging you to update and telling you just how easy it is.  So what should you do? Update to Windows 10, or not?

If you're using any AutoCAD software, we do not recommend updating to Windows 10 operating system just yet.

Windows 10 is not yet an officially supported operating system across the Autodesk product line. Autodesk intends to support many of their key products on Windows 10 over time and will add products to the list of products supported on Windows 10 as updates and future versions are released.

Redstack have conducted their own tests using Windows 10 and the Redstack technical team will do their best to assist our valued clients, however we may not be able to resolve issues that arise from using Windows 10 as it is currently an unsupported Operating System for any Autodesk product.

This highlights how important it is to always check the compatibility of your software and hardware against the Autodesk System Requirements for your product or suite.  Your system requirements can be found on the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

In addition to ensuring your software is compatible with Windows 10, there are also a number of other reasons why we recommend you exercise caution before upgrading to Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 is still developing and is not yet perfect. Users have reported issues with crashes and installation issues.  If you are an experimenter, you may enjoy using Windows 10, otherwise we recommend waiting for Windows 10 to develop further.
  • Once you upgrade to Windows 10, it is very difficult to revert back.  If you do decide to Windows 10, we strongly recommend having backups prepared and be ready to reinstall everything if required.
  • Windows are releasing frequent updates to Windows 10, if you don't like having to regularly install new updates, we suggest you hold off on upgrading to Windows 10.

Windows 10 offers a range of great new features, and if you're happy to put up with a few bugs and experiment with a not quite ready operating system, you may want to go ahead and upgrade.  However, you should ensure your software is compatible with Windows 10 before upgrading and be aware that your software vendor will be limited in the level of support they can offer if you choose to use an unsupported operating system.

August 13, 2015 Update from Autodesk

See the latest update from Autodesk regarding Windows 10 and .NET 4.6 support for Autodesk product.  At this point, although Windows 10 is not yet an officially supported operating system, AutoCAD 2016 and Inventor 2016 software has been tested and should be installable on Windows 10 according to the latest information from Autodesk.  Redstack would still recommend exercising caution before upgrading to Windows 10.

Further assistance with upgrading Windows 10

For further assistance and support, consider purchasing a Redstack support package.  We have a team of technical experts who can offer advice and provide solutions for challenges you might face when using Autodesk software.  Contact us for more information.

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