First, you will have compatibility problems. By virtue of the fact that Windows 10 is a new operating system with nuances that are not fully realized yet by the forensic community, you will have some compatibility problems. Add into the mix that digital forensics is a relatively small community and users of digital forensic software on a Windows platform aren’t exactly the target demographic for Microsoft research and development, along with the law of averages dictate that digital forensics won’t be much of a consideration for Microsoft when constructing their operating system(s). Sorry friends, we’re not that important to the tech giants.
- Make a full backup image of your forensic machine before you upgrade
- Consider installing the new operating system on a secondary or alternative machine
- Research compatibility problems with your most often-used software on the Windows 10 platform and try to find additional updates and/or work-arounds
- Test, validate, repeat