Making the upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows XP has been a hot topic for PC owners since Windows 7 appeared on the scene in August 2009. It surpassed the seventh Harry Potter book as the most profitable pre-order in the history of Amazon.com and has steadily increased the number of users in the next two years.
By July 2011, Windows 7 had a market share of 37%. Conversely, the number of users of Windows XP has fallen steadily over the same period, from a market share of more than 70% to less than 43%.
If you are still using Windows XP (or the dreaded Windows Vista OS) here are nine reasons to consider the upgrade from to Windows 7 :
The search times of files are greatly accelerated. Windows 7 regularly indexes hard disk files during inactivity, resulting in lightning fast searches. Files are displayed immediately as you type the search terms. All results are grouped by file type.
Display enhancements include color calibration, improved support for external monitors, and support for high DPI.
2. Ease of use – Microsoft has redesigned the interface to be more streamlined and use highly efficient shortcuts. Taskbar buttons are larger and can be ordered again. Right-click a taskbar icon to display the previous file history for quick access. Move over an icon to preview an open file.
3. Stability – Windows 7 is more stable than XP. With Windows XP you have probably experienced the infamous "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD) more often than you would like to remember. With Windows 7, the BSOD has become quite rare.
Windows 7 significantly improves the system recovery function. It is much more reliable and effective than that of XP. If your system encounters problems with newly installed software or drivers, it is easy to restore the configuration of your PC to an earlier time.
4. Security – Windows 7 is more secure than Windows XP. The new security action center offers you a central location for managing all security and system backup functions. It gives you critical security messages when problems occur.
With the User Account Control slider you can set your security level immediately. A new feature called Bitlocker can encrypt your hard drive or USB device to prevent hackers from accessing your personal information.
5. Maintenance – Windows 7 makes it easier to perform maintenance tasks. Defragmentation of files takes place automatically in the background, without executing DEFRAG. Backup and restore functions are easily accessible from the Security Action Center.
Troubleshooting functions, including diagnostic tools and wizards, are collected in one place. These automate the problem-solving process and give you feedback on possible solutions.
6. Connecting – Windows 7 makes it easier to connect to new devices and networks. New devices are automatically detected and installed. Windows 7 searches the internet and finds the necessary drivers for you. XP quite a bit, sorta has this option, but Windows 7 does it much more effectively.
With the HomeGroup network functionality, you can easily connect computers to your home network for easy file sharing and printing.
7. Useful Tools & # 39; s – Windows 7 has a large number of new, useful tools & software that are not included with Windows XP. Effective speech recognition software is built in. Allows you to perform voice dictation, navigate web pages & # 39; s and easily create and send emails without using the keyboard.
Windows Media Player has been revised and includes new library functions and now playback views. You can now paste sticky notes on your desktop in different colors and fonts. The calculator has also undergone a significant redesign and is now performing a unit conversion, preserving your calculation history and having a number of other new functions.
Parental Control allows parents to protect their children when they are online by setting what content the children can vision. The time that children spend on the computer can also be arranged and limited.
8. Age of Windows XP – Windows XP was released in 2001 and is out of date. Microsoft has announced that it will end support for XP in 2014. Windows 7 can run the latest software, including Internet Explorer 9 (XP cannot run IE9). Technology is evolving rapidly. Don't get left behind! Most older & # 39; s programs work on Windows 7. XP compatibility mode is available for those who will not.
9. Ease of updates – Windows 7 is much easier to update than XP. A "Windows Update" dialog box provides you with thorough, step-by-step information as you perform updates.
These are some of the highlights where you can see that Windows 7 offers countless benefits over Windows XP. As today's commercial software becomes more powerful, most of them need the more advanced Windows 7 operating system.
The many useful, time-saving functions in Windows 7 offer the daily benefits. Perhaps the two most impressive are the improved security and stability. It just works and it works much better than the 10-year-old Windows XP. Upgrade to Windows 7 and enjoy a smoother, less stressful computing experience. Watch the video below for more information about the features of Windows 7.