Nugget 38 – Time to leave XP for Windows 7

If you bought your PC between 2001 and 2006, you’ve probably grown accustomed to the mechanics of Windows XP. But Microsoft releases a new version of Windows every few years. That leaves the nagging question, why bother upgrading when Windows XP works just fine?

 
Microsoft, of course, hopes that everybody upgrades to Windows 7. But many XP users have been scared off by the idea of upgrading by the perpetually buggy Windows Vista. Microsoft is hoping that the following new features will make XP users more inclined to make the big move.
 
Improved look and “user experience”: Windows 7 is all about the “user experience.” They’ve streamlined the physical appearance, shortcuts, and intuitiveness of Windows so that you get the flashiness that Vista was supposed to provide while improving functionality.
Taskbar: The new taskbar in Windows 7 adds to the three-dimensional feel with pop-up thumbnails that help you find a lost window. You can also right-click a taskbar icon to see more information about it — such as your recent history of browsed Web sites.
Easier file searches: Windows XP really dragged its feet when searching for files—taking anywhere from minutes to days (to search for a word within a file). Windows 7, by contrast, spends its idle time fine-tuning an index of every word on your hard drive. Type a word from a file’s name or contents into the Start Menu’s Search box, and Windows 7 quickly finds the goods.
Built for speed: Windows 7 has key performance improvements to take up less memory and run background services only when you need them. It’s designed to run your programs faster and to sleep, resume, and reconnect to wireless networks quicker. And with 64-bit support, you can take full advantage of the latest in powerful 64-bit PCs.
Better wireless networking: Connecting to wireless networks on your laptop—formerly a bit of a hassle—now takes just a couple of clicks. Choose from the list of available networks in the taskbar, click one, and then connect. Once you’ve connected to a network, Windows will remember it so you can connect again later automatically.
Plays well with devices: Device Stage, a new feature in Windows 7, works like a home page for things like portable music players, smartphones, and printers. When you plug a compatible device into your PC, you’ll see a menu with information and popular tasks like battery life, how many photos are ready to be downloaded, and printing options.
Nag-free notifications: Action Center, new in Windows 7, puts you in control of maintenance and security messages. You can turn notifications on or off for things like Windows Defender or User Account Control. If Windows needs your attention, you’ll see a notification on the far right of the taskbar. Click it, and you’ll get suggested fixes for any problems.
 
The list of the many features for Windows 7 goes on, but in the end it comes down to these basic points – you should upgrade to Windows 7 because:

  • It’s more secure. That’s the number one complaint from people who experience viruses and worms, they want a secure OS. It provides built in security enhancements and a refined User Account Control ( UAC). Although, no OS can claim responsibility for lack of common sense on behalf of the user.
  • It’s faster. On recent hardware, it outperforms Windows XP. It’s not just a claim, it’s proven.
  • It stays out of your way. With the new notifications system, and the improved system tray, built in and even third party applications won’t be able to harm your productivity.

 

 
Microsoft will Stop supporting Windows XP in April 2014 , after that date there will be no more updates or support for the operating system. This will leave your computer vulnerable to any future exploits / Virus’s and Malware.
 
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Microsoft will be releasing Windows 8 in October 2012, with a new Modern User Interface that might take you a while to get used too.