Wondering if it's worth upgrading to Windows 7? Read on to find out more about new features, system requirements and whether you should upgrade or not.
Microsoft launched Windows 7 today across the nation and has everybody wondering if it is worth upgrading. Considering Vista was mostly a disappointment with slow performance, nagging security screens and a lacked any must-have features; most people are hesitant to jump up and buy a copy today. While most people will find Windows 7 more convenient and user friendly than previous versions, there are some pitfalls to upgrading.
Will My Computer Run Windows 7?
Microsoft claims Windows 7 requires less horsepower to run, however Microsoft's own recommended system requirements are no different from Vista's. We recommend a minimum of 3GB of RAM memory for 32-bit versions of Windows 7 and at least 4GB for 64-bit versions (with 8GB ideal).
If you're upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7, your find it is much easier than upgrading with past Windows versions. You can simply insert the shiny new Windows 7 CD ROM and follow the instructions. This doesn't require you to save your data on an external hard drive (although we highly recommend it), wipe your computer's hard drive clean and install Windows 7 as a "custom, clean or fresh" install.
If upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, things get a bit more difficult. You MUST save your data on an external hard drive, then install Windows 7 as a "custom, clean or fresh" install, copy your data back to your computer and then re-install any programs you had on XP...only you'll need to make sure they're Windows 7 compatible.
If you're upgrading an existing computer to Windows 7 rather than buying a new PC, make sure to use Microsoft's Window's 7 Upgrade Advisor to scan your computer for potential compatibility issues with hardware or installed software. Most hardware and software makers have Windows 7 compatible drivers/versions available for download. If your antivirus isn't Windows 7 compatible, contact the software maker to see if you can get an updated version for free.
Is Windows 7 Worth Upgrading to?
Vista users will be pleased with Windows 7's easier interface and fewer nagging security messages. Although not all new features are must-have's, it's a better experience overall. See the top 10 reasons to upgrade to Windows 7.
XP users will be excited over easier file, device and printer sharing between computers as well as a multi-tasker friendly interface. See Windows 7's Benefits Over XP. In some cases, it may be more cost worthy to buy a new computer pre-loaded with Windows 7 rather than upgrade from XP. Just make sure the new PC is loaded with at least 3GB of memory. Shop for More RAM Memory Here.
The bottom line is Windows 7 offers a much improved user experience over Vista with a handful of added features. Regardless of how you get there, Windows 7 will benefit greatly in click-response by installing more RAM memory. It's the least expensive and easiest way to boost the speed of your computer regardless of which Windows version you're using!