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Episode 13: OS: Should I upgrade to Windows 7?

Should I upgrade to Windows 7? For the past couple of years I’ve been getting this question at least once a week. With Windows 8 on the horizon, I’m starting to get “Should I upgrade to Windows 7 or wait for Windows 8?”

Long Answer:

Here’s what I think. Microsoft is going to cease extended support for Windows XP April 2014. That gives us all a little wiggle room. It’s coming fast, but it’s not quit here yet. Windows 8 is expected to be released before the end of the year. That makes Windows XP even more outdated that it was before. We can still get updates for it, but not for long.

So back to the question. Should I upgrade to Windows 7? If you are running Windows XP on your computer, no, don’t upgrade the operating system. Buy a new computer. Harsh, but the truth is if your system is still running Windows XP, it’s probably time to retire it, not upgrade the OS. If you are running Windows Vista, Yes, by all means, upgrade the to Windows 7. Most computers that run Windows Vista can run Windows 7. Windows 7 is a lot more polished than Windows Vista and it has been tuned to run faster. The difference to me is noticable. Not everyone feels the same way as I do, but most people in my field will tell you to upgrade. If you decide to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, I suggest go ahead and upgrade the RAM, if you have less than 2 GB. These two upgrades will make a world of difference on a machine that is Windows Vista capable. As far as waiting for Windows 8, unless, there is some feature that Windows 8 has that you just have to have, then don’t wait. Windows 7 is a great operating system. It’s past it’s first service pack, so it’s mature and stable. Wait to get Windows 8 when you buy a new computer after it’s been out a while. Large organizations usually wait unitl the first service pack before deploying a new operating system. That’s a little extreme for most small businesses, but some may benefit from that strategy. Smaller businesses may want to upgrade when they by new computers. This will allow your computer’s operating system to be supported by Microsoft longer.

Short Answer:

1. Don’t upgrade a computer running Windows XP.
2. Upgrade any Windows Vista computer to Windows 7
3. Buy a new computer if you need a new computer. Don’t wait on Windows 8.

Related Links:

Windows Comparison

Buying Windows 7: top questions

Tech Term Defined:

Operating System:

Wikipedia defines an operting system or OS as “set of software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs” So, the Windows 7 OS installed on your computer manges all of the hardware resources on your computer. It also is what manages the applications on your computer. With out some kind of operating system to manage all of the resources hardware and software, your computer is just a paper weight.

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