It’s difficult to miss Microsoft’s marketing campaign for its latest Operating System Windows 7. Television adverts are streaming into people’s homes portraying that Windows 7 has been designed as a result of end user feedback. Whether this is the case or not, the demise of Vista has been swift and painful for Microsoft.
Many businesses have been delaying purchasing new hardware until 7′s arrival and a large majority of those that have been purchasing new PCs have been exercising their downgrade rights to install and continue to run on Windows XP.
So is now a good time to take the plunge and ditch XP? According to Microsoft, Windows 7 will “simplify the things you do every day, work the way you want, and make some exciting new things possible”. They then go on to state the following 10 reasons that you should make you think about a move to Windows 7.
- Get quicker access to all your stuff
- Do more and wait less
- Better compatibility
- Share files and printers among multiple PCs
- Stay entertained effortlessly
- Easily create and share movies
- Keep your PC better protected with fewer interruptions
- Touch and tap rather than point and click
- Support more TV, movies, videos and music in more ways
- Manage devices more easily
Most of these compelling reasons seem to be aimed at the home user market and the multimedia generation but it also answers some of the key criticisms that were aimed at Vista – compatibility issues and a complicated interface that led to user frustrations, it also adds native support for the latest touch screen devices.
Initial response from users has been very positive so should you upgrade now, wait for the usual Service Pack updates or stay with the tried and tested XP?
If you’re using an older computer running Windows XP, we suggest you first head over to Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. After downloading the free tool, run it to scan your PC for potential issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs. The tool will recommend actions you should take before you upgrade.
Once you’re ready to make the move, get ready to do some homework first. Just like Vista, Windows 7 comes in different editions. Weigh your options and find out which edition is right for you. If you find the process too complicated, don’t have the time, or if you’re thinking of upgrading many computers, why not contact us?