7’s Eleven: Windows OSs Part 2
Explains why Windows users should upgrade to the latest operating system.
Stability, reliability and user-friendliness
W7 has already proved itself to be a stable, reliable and user-friendly OS. In order to run properly Windows XP now requires 3 separate Service Packs (SP) each of which is an essential collection of updates, fixes and enhancements, and Vista requires 2 SPs. Only 1 SP has been issued by Microsoft for W7, which mostly enhances functionality rather than fixing bugs and providing security patches.
Whilst you’ll still need to install occasional, smaller, Windows updates as a W7 user this process can be automated and in practice is likely to be less disruptive than updating XP or Vista.
Touch screen functionality
W7 supports touch screen functionality, so if you have a touch screen device you can work without a mouse or keyboard. This is particularly useful if you want to use your computer in a kitchen, for example, or other environment where a mouse and keyboard wouldn’t look right or would create clutter.
Windows 7 nearly the only show in town
It’s now quite difficult to buy a Windows computer from a mainstream retailer that doesn’t run W7, so if you want to replace your old hardware with a new kit you’re likely to be using it anyway.
Free upgrade advice from Microsoft
It’s easy to find out if your existing computer will run W7. Microsoft offers a free Upgrade Adviser package than is freely downloadable and will create a printable report on your hardware and software’s compatibility with W7.
What to consider
There are a few things you’ll need to consider, such as how to safeguard or transfer your data (documents, pictures, music, videos, email, etc.); how you want your new installation to be carried out and configured according to your user preferences . You'll also want to be sure W7 actually works properly after the upgrade with your other devices such as printers, external hard drives and cameras.