Autodesk Support for Windows 10 – Urgent Announcement
With Windows 10 now being officially available and with some users seeing the upgrade link on their work or home computers, the temptation is to download this latest free upgrade without considering the wider implications of the upgrade.
As with any business environment it is crucial however, that wherever possible, operating system (and other critical system) upgrades are not performed in a production environment without ensuring that business critical software and hardware support the changes or upgrading to a new operating system.
For small office type environments this could be as basic as ensuring printer drivers are available for hardware such as legacy printers and large format plotters, as often vendors of older printers will not have produced drivers for the latest operating systems as they are considered as obsolete or end of life.
For other types of businesses, for example those using complex CAD systems or other business critical software, the rule of thumb should be to never install an operating system upgrade until the software actually supports it.
This is not to say for example that Windows 10 is no good or not fit for purpose, but it is a wise and sensible precaution to wait until it is supported across all your software and hardware, as often downtime with your CAD software or even a printer can be very costly indeed, and if the upgrade is not supported it can be nigh on impossible for anyone to help you.
For Autodesk software currently, Windows 10 is not yet an officially supported operating system across the Autodesk product line. Autodesk state that they intend to support many of their key products on Windows 10 and will add products to the list of products supported on Windows 10 as updates and future versions are released.
For the latest on Autodesk Windows support Click Here.
For users on pre 2013 products, these are no longer supported and are not included in considerations of Windows 10 compatibility.
So in summary, until supported please do not upgrade to Windows 10. If you have, technically you should be able to roll back to your previous version within 30 days, however with all things IT there are no cast iron guarantees that this will be totally successful.
Always backup all your data before major configuration changes.