4 Reasons to Finally Upgrade to Windows 7
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This common sense rule has led many businesses down the road to success for many years and for very good reasons. Why should you spend your hard earned money on something new when you have a perfectly functioning solution? For many businesses, Windows XP has been the workhorse operating system for over a decade and it will take a lot for them to upgrade to a new OS. Some may have had a terrible experience with failed migrations to Windows Vista a few years back and all the issues that came from lack of support for devices and software. Microsoft has tried very hard to learn from their mistakes and have released a very solid operating system in Windows 7. Here are some reasons to consider upgrading.
#1 - Windows 7 is not Windows Vista
Many people were very excited about Windows Vista when it was released back in 2006 and rushed out to get it installed on their systems. They had a rude awakening when they found out that much of the hardware on their existing systems did not have supporting drivers and would not work properly. Printers, modems and video cards that were working great on Windows XP systems were now useless and many businesses were stuck with the choice of reverting back to XP or upgrading hardware to become compatible with Vista. Well, Windows 7 is nothing like its predecessor. While the visual presentation might be similar, Windows 7 is completely different under the hood, performing faster and having far greater support for devices and software. With built in troubleshooters, Windows 7 in most cases can diagnose any known driver or software issues and point you to the vendor’s website to acquire updated drivers that will resolve the problem.
#2 - Windows 7 Is Two Operating Systems in One
Worried about having to upgrade expensive proprietary or third party software that will only run on Windows XP? Don’t worry! Windows 7 contains a little piece of magic called XP Mode. XP Mode utilizes Microsoft’s desktop virtualization technology to create a Windows XP desktop within your Windows 7 desktop that will allow you to continue running those applications after the upgrade. While is isn’t the best solution in the long term, for many business it can help get the over the hump of upgrading without involving a large cost for software upgrades or custom development up front.
#3 - Get With The Program(s)
Technology moves forward at a breakneck pace. Remember the cell phone or PDA you had 10 years ago? Compare that to the latest Android, iPhone or iPad mobile device. The same analogy applies to Windows XP. Unfortunately, as technology has become more advanced, so have the security threats to your computer. To their credit, Microsoft has made huge advances in overall system security with Windows 7, better protecting you from the latest virus and malware threats. With those advances, support for legacy operating systems such as Windows XP will end. For example, with the release of Internet Explorer 9, Windows XP is no longer supported. You must have a newer operating system in order to use the latest web browser from Microsoft, which runs faster and better protects you from online threats.
#4 - The End of the Road
Mark your calendars - August 4th, 2014. That’s the day all support for Microsoft Windows XP will end. No more Windows Updates. No more protection against the latest threats. Sure, by then Windows 8 will probably have been released, and I’m sure by then we will have 5 reasons why Windows 8 is better than Windows 7, but that’s how technology progresses. By planning and executing an upgrade plan now, you can make sure your programs are compatible and migrate on your own schedule instead of being forced into an upgrade when you have to replace a computer and no longer have access to Windows XP.
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- Myron Mandybur Network Administrator