Military is close to Windows 10 update deadline provided by the Pentagon

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

The Air Force upgraded thousands of computers and spent millions to buy new ones in order to meet a Pentagon mandate to convert its systems to Microsoft Windows 10. The deadline is March 31. The Army finished its systems’ update in January and the Dept. of the Navy which also administrates the marine Corps will complete the changes until June.

Compatibility issues resulted in delays

The Pentagon has initially ordered the serviced to complete the Windows 10 upgrade process with more than 3 million systems by January 2017, but some compatibility issues triggered this delay.

The Air Force stated in February that Windows 10 was not compatible with lots of systems that were currently working in the Air Force inventory and this meant that lots of computers and hardware had to be replaced. As a result, more than 500,000 Windows 10 compatible systems have been bought during the past two years, according to Air Force officials.

The worldwide upgrade affects various systems

This worldwide upgrade affects systems that range from unclassified to top secret and this also includes the system that is used for strategic and tactical missions. This does not include Windows phones, Windows Server Oss or non-Windows-based gadgets.

RAF Lakenheath which is a British base that hosts U.S. aircraft and personnel began its upgrade process back in September 2017, according to Tech Sgt. Paul Wilson. Wilson and his team have already been able to upgrade 4,500 systems transferring data and using the new OS.

He stated that there were some cases in which they were able to update the machines on-site based on the hardware specs, but overall they just swapped out a Windows 7 system with a brand new Windows 10 one. He also said that in most cases the new machines had faster-processing speed and more hard drive space.

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