3 Reasons You Should Upgrade From Windows Vista to Windows 7

By now, everyone has probably heard of and may be familiar with Windows 7, Microsoft’s latest operating system. If you’re wondering if you should upgrade from XP (two operating systems ago) to Windows 7, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’. Windows 7 offers so many features and security improvements over XP that it’s a no-brainer to upgrade. Not to mention the fact that support for XP will end in the not-too-distant future. If you’re on the fence as to whether to upgrade from Vista to 7 I will give you three compelling reasons to do so. They are:• Performance and security
• Compatibility
• Ease-of-Use and feature enhancementsWhen it comes to performance and security, Windows 7 is in a class by itself. When compared to Vista, Windows 7 boots almost twice as fast, thus causing less stress and higher productivity for those of you who turn off your PC on a regular basis. Additionally, Windows makes more efficient use of video memory, resulting in major time savings for users. In XP and Vista all open applications used video memory regardless of whether they were currently active or not. With Microsoft’s latest OS, only the active applications take up the system’s video memory. This makes for less screen freezes as you wait for the memory to catch up with you. Moreover, there is less ‘system bloat’, allowing for a more streamlined, and less cluttered, user experience. We now have the option of downloading all the extra bells and whistles Microsoft has to offer rather than having them installed by default for us.Windows 7 is Redmond’s most secure operating system, taking the best features of XP and Vista and combining them, while dropping the ones that just didn’t make the grade. Of course, all the system exploits discovered with XP and Vista have been taken care of in Windows 7. In addition, the latest OS offers improvements in encryption, with BitLocker (hard drive encryption) and DirectAccess (a built-in VPN client).The latest OS has vastly improved in the compatibility arena. Vista was your basic nightmare when it came to hardware compatibility. Many users experienced graphics card problems when they upgraded to Vista. This is a thing of the past with Windows 7. Furthermore, the Compatibility feature, where the user can emulate a previous Windows operating system to run older software, has greatly improved over previous versions.Perhaps the best reason to upgrade to Windows 7 is its usability and the features. Vista had a lot of quirks when it came to window layouts and performance. For example, when you were using Explorer, the left pane would move side-to-side in an attempt to help the user keep from needing to scroll horizontally. It was basically a moving target! This has been removed from Windows 7. Also, the window preview has been greatly improved over Vista. Users can see any minimized window by simply hovering over it, in the taskbar, with the cursor. The biggest gripe most users seemed to have with Vista was its implementation of User Account Control, or UAC. This is supposed to warn a person when he is about to install something or access an OS feature that could potentially be harmful. Unfortunately, in Vista, every other mouse click seemed to produce the UAC warning box! This has been toned down quite a bit in version 7.The number of security and user improvements in Windows 7 is far too long to list and go over here. But suffice it to say that if you are running a Microsoft version that is not version 7, you definitely need to consider an upgrade.

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