Should Video Editors go to Microsoft Windows 10?

Windows10We're posting this article to give our customers some background on Microsoft Windows 10 for video editing. Videoguys is still recommending Win7 for our customers. We are in early testing an evaluation of Windows 10 and so far it is looking good. We know Microsoft added some big performance tweaks that should make it even better for video editing. Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro & Creative Cloud, Grass Valley Edius & Sony Vegas Pro all have Win 10 support. We still want to wait for the first major dot release / bug fix before we give it the green light. Videoguys does not recommend Win 8 to our customers. Stay on Win7 until we can recommend Win 10.
Video University If you are running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, Microsoft will begin automatically sending a free upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update starting January 2016. The default will be to automatically upgrade so unless you are vigilant, you will end up with Windows 10. According to Terry Myerson, a Windows spokesman, “Early next year, we expect to be re-categorizing Windows 10 as a ‘Recommended Update.’ Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device.” Many people have the set their Windows Update feature to automatically install all “Recommended Updates.” While the update to Windows 10 will begin automatically for some users, anyone can refuse it during the upgrade process. But be sure to read the Windows Update prompts carefully. Some users reported that they were unable to back out of the upgrade. Microsoft says even if you upgrade, you still have 30 days to restore your previous operating system. Some early reviews of Windows 10 discovered some software incompatibilities, but now it seems that Microsoft has corrected most of those issues. So if an application ran on Windows 7 or 8, it should also run on Windows 10. And the new operating system has a compatibility mode that tricks applications into thinking they are running an older version of Windows. read more...


  • jimatvideoguys

    Thanks for the nice words. I am glad the machine is working well for you. Compile all of you drivers for the Motherboard, Graphics card and other components first and then go with the upgrade. In most cases everything will update automatically and be just fine but in the case of a problem you don’t want to have to scramble for drivers afterward. Good luck!

  • Michael Litzky

    Awesome. Thanks. I don’t have an HP machine, just a generic machine put together for me at my local computer store. If there are any specific drivers that you know of that I should check for, let me know, but it sounds like I’m good to go. (You guys perform a valuable service — I bought the machine I bought based on your recommended specs.)

  • jimatvideoguys

    We are recommending Windows 10 Pro on all of our HP z Workstations now that HP has released the Thunderbolt drivers and has drivers for all of their other hardware. If your machine has all of the necessary drivers for Windows 10 you should be fine upgrading without issue.

  • Michael Litzky

    Hey guys. The free upgrade to Windows 10 only lasts a few more weeks. Any chance you’re ready to recommend Windows 10 in that time frame? Appreciate the work you do.

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