10 Things CIOs Must Do to Prepare for Windows 8

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-05-2012

10 Things CIOs Must Do to Prepare for Windows 8

1. Keep Current Computers Updated
Chances are, you’ll be adding Windows 8 to the PCs already running in the office. So, be sure that they’re properly updated and ready to go. Not fully updating your machines before going with Windows 8 is a big mistake.

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2. Backup, Backup, Backup
This one might seem obvious, but be sure to backup all corporate computers before adding Windows 8. There’s nothing worse than updating an operating system, only to find that it corrupts the machine.

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3. Forget Windows RT For Now
Windows RT might be suitable for some consumers, but for enterprise users looking to get the most from the operating system, it’s not enough. Remember that.

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4. Consider Tablets
Microsoft has made a real tablet push with Windows 8, trying to establish its operating system as a real alternative to Apple’s iPad. Be sure to take a look at Surface and its alternatives and see if they fit into your office. They just might.

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5. Test the Developer Preview Now
You can still try out the developer version of Windows 8. While not the final version, it gives you the chance to get a jump-start on determining if the operating system is right for your office. It’s a win-win.

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6. Check On Hardware Specs
Obviously, hardware is a major concern when deciding to deploy Windows 8. The OS requires a relatively new and powerful computer to run. If you don’t have that, it might cost to upgrade your PCs to handle Windows 8.

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7. Look Into the Security
Security is probably one of your chief concerns. Be sure to research the security features built into Windows 8. Microsoft claims that Windows Defender will keep users safe. But will it? Be sure to perform your due diligence.

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8. Evaluate Employees
Before you jump to deploy Windows 8, make sure that it’s delivering the right value proposition for the right person. Productivity and security are key here. Don’t forget that.

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9. Set Up a Schedule
Create and use your roadmap to determine when the computers will start entering the office, which employees get them, and the hardware they’ll need to get their jobs done. Have a plan – it’s always helpful.

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10. Remember, It’s Microsoft
At the end of the day, remember that Windows 8 is coming from Microsoft. And as with before, you can expect all of the same experiences that were presented to you in the past – both good and bad. Microsoft isn’t perfect. And you must remember that.

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