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Windows 7

We have seen the advertisements on TV for months and now its finally here. Windows 7! But what does that mean to you? Should you upgrade? Can you upgrade? How do you upgrade? Hopefully we can help you answer some of those questions here.

A little about it - Windows 7 is NOT just an upgraded Windows Vista. It looks almost the same, but the engine underneath is actually built on the Windows Server 2008 kernel so its not a fixed version of Vista. It really is new. Also Windows 7 beta was released to the public so it has been tested a lot more than Vista was.

What's Better - There are many features in Windows 7 that have been built better than in Windows Vista. Here are a few examples: Wireless Connection Management, Faster startup/shutdown time, Better 64-bit support, and wider peripheral device support. Windows 7 also uses memory more efficiently than Windows Vista.

Can I upgrade my PC - We recommend that you have any dual core processor and 2GB of memory in order to upgrade to Windows 7. You will also need 10GB to 15GB of free disk space for an in place upgrade.

How to upgrade - If you are currently running Windows Vista, you can put in the Windows 7 DVD and upgrade your current installation keeping your programs and settings in place. If you are currently running Windows XP, you will have to do a clean install of Windows 7 and start from scratch.

There are three versions of Windows 7 available. Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. Cheaper "upgrade" versions are available as well. Check the box before you buy to be sure the upgrade will work with your current operating system.

Hopefully this helps you decide if you want to upgrade. If you do not want to take on the task yourself, professional help is always available.

Posted by Charles Swihart on 11/1/2009

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