The advantages of using Windows 7 on new laptops
Windows 7 was launched in a blaze of publicity, advertising a more â€˜user-friendly' system than its predecessor Vista. But many people found Vista
and even XP more than adequate for their needs, so if you're in the market for a new laptop, why should you think about buying one with the new
Windows 7 operating system, rather than the tried and tested Vista or XP?
Future-proofing is the new buzzword in technology. One of the most frustrating things for people using older machines or operating systems is the
incompatibility problems that arise with the latest software systems. Microsoft have invested a huge amount of money and time developing Windows 7,
which is why there has been such a delay between the launch of Vista and this latest upgrade. Because of the â€˜understanding' that many
manufacturers who use Microsoft have with the company, the launch of Windows 7 is bound to herald a flurry of upgraded laptops designed to use
Windows 7 as its primary operating system. So buying a laptop that has Vista or XP rather than Windows 7 could mean that future software designed
to run on Windows 7 won't run on Vista or XP operating systems.
However, if you only intend to use a laptop for web surfing, downloading media, emails and office documents such as Word or Excel, an older
operating system could be just as effective as Windows 7. But with the wealth of new features available on Windows 7, it might be worth considering
future-proofing yourself from the outset.
Upgrading - not exactly easyâ€¦
One of the biggest problems with upgrading is the limit imposed by the operating systems on just how easily you can upgrade to Windows 7 without
having to do a clean install. That means wiping your hard drive and basically starting again. For Netbook users this presents a huge problem, as many
Netbooks do not have CD ROMS, and to do a fresh install you need to be able to slot that operating system CD ROM into the computer.
To avoid all the hassle of clean installs,