Perhaps a more important question is how old is your PC?
If it is older than 4 years, you should be considering what your replacement plan is. Eventually your PC Hardware will fail when you need it most. (But this leads to another topic which we will discuss in a separate blog.)

Back to the original question and how most people react to it.

  • I know Windows XP is old, but I’m used to it and I like it..etc…
  • Windows XP works for me…etc…
  • Upgrading would mean all my applications need reinstalling…data migrated…etc…

Yes, those three opinions, feelings and thoughts above are likely to be true. Most of us avoid change, but with our computers being responsible for more and more of the productivity and information in our work and lives, we must keep up or fall behind and possibly put our information at risk.

Microsoft has 10 reasons and features to upgrade.

Apart from those 10 reasons and new features of Windows 7 listed on the Microsoft website, here are some other reasons to upgrade.

  • From April 2014, Microsoft will not be releasing any more security updates for Windows XP.
    This may seem a long way in the future, but before we know it we will be in 2014.

    Microsoft has written a count down counter to show how many days are left of Windows XP Support!

  • IE9 will not be released for Windows XP. Other Software Applications will go the same way.
  • Companies are considering moving away from building websites that XP users can properly see with Internet Explorer.
  • New software is being written with the assumption that it will be run on Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Even if the software does work on Windows XP it will likely run slowly or cause your computer to run more slowly. During the design process of writing software, assumptions are made about the hardware specifications the software is expected to run on. New software will likely run best on Windows 7 and maybe Vista, but will likely run slower on the hardware that Windows XP was installed on years ago.
  • If you run a business then your employees will appreciate using and building their skills on Windows 7, rather than failing behind in their skills by continuing to use Windows XP. This can be a factor in retaining employees
  • Ok, you’ve convinced me. I want to move to Windows 7. What is next?
    You can request that we help you to move, or give you some advice specific to your situation or you can conduct your own investigation.

    If you choose to conduct your own investigation…
    First thing, is make a list of all your hardware accessories like printers, scanners, cameras. Anything that you connect to your computer.
    Next, make a list of all the software you like to use, or must use.
    Then visit this Microsoft Site to check to see if all your software and accessories are compatible.
    Once you have checked what is and is not compatible, you may still need some expert advice as to which Windows 7 product suits your situation best, and if you need to replace your existing computer system. Such advice is beyond the scope of this blog as each situation will be different.

    If you need any advice on upgrading, Computer Troubleshooters Croydon are happy to meet with you to evaluate your situation and discuss your options. After our meeting it would be your choice to purchase Windows 7 and any needed hardware/software through us, or through someone else. Either way, we can help with data migration from one system to another, installing and configuring your new hardware/software or any of your IT Support needs.

    You can also read some interesting information about Windows 7 on wikipedia.

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