Windows 7 Guide

At the end of 2009, Windows 7 was released. So what to make of it?

Windows 7 is Microsoft’s replacement for Windows Vista and Windows XP, and comes in the following flavours:

Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate

So is Windows 7 better than XP or Vista?

In our opinion, the answer is a qualified Yes.

If you have Windows XP, and your machine is less than 4 years old, and you have a decent amount of RAM memory (or can upgrade), then it might well be worth upgrading. If it’s older though, or the memory is small and can’t be increased, or if it’s a slow processor, then it’s probably not worth it – you’d be better buying a new machine.

If you have Windows Vista, then unless it’s a very slow machine (for example netbook or low power laptop), then it is almost certainly worth it.

It doesn’t necessary do more than Vista, but it does most things faster on the same hardware, and in a better, more user-friendly way.

Certainly, for all our clients who are purchasing new PCs, we are recommending Windows 7 (remember to get Windows 7 Professional if you are connecting to a Windows Server network).

For business users who prefer to stick with Windows XP, there are still ways to purchase new PCs with XP loaded. For more information, or to find out how to (or whether you should) purchase Windows 7, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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