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Is it Worth Upgrading to Windows 7

Upgrading to Windows 7 is not a decision you should take too lightly. Upgrading your operating system is not only expensive, but there is also a lot of work involved. Backing up your data, reformatting your hard disk, installing Windows and then installing all your programs and personal files is a major undertaking. In spite of this, there are many reasons to upgrade to Windows 7, but these also depend on your circumstances.

Upgrading from Windows XP
Windows XP has been proven for its high performance, exceptional reliability and great compatibility. It is for these reasons that some people have stubbornly stayed with it right through Windows Vista and well beyond the release of Windows 7 back in October 2009. However, Windows XP is rarely being updated these days and most new games and applications are being optimized for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
While Windows XP is available in 64-bit, this edition causes problems with many games and programs. 64-bit is the mainstream these days. All new processors are 64-bit and you cannot have more than around 3.2 GB of usable RAM with 32-bit systems. This is one of the reasons which have largely rendered Windows XP obsolete.
Windows Vista came with many problems, most of which have been ironed out with the release of Windows 7. Windows 7 is now far ahead of Windows XP both in terms of reliability and performance. The differences between the two operating systems are considerable, however, so it may take some time to get used to Windows 7 after migrating from Windows XP.

Upgrading from Windows Vista
Some of us like to have the latest hardware and software for our computers. If this is the case, we upgrade to Windows 7 regardless of anything else. However, upgrading does cost quite a lot of money and the few differences between Windows Vista and Windows 7 should make anyone think twice before doing this.
There is no doubt that Windows 7 is faster and more efficient than Windows Vista, but the difference is not great. Windows 7 also provides some welcome new features for enhancing the user's productivity and experience. These include Aero Shake, the ability to pin programs to the taskbar and faster startup and shutdown times.
If money is not much of a concern and you don't mind going through the big job of upgrading, then by all means, choose Windows 7. If not, it is not worth the trouble or the money.

Upgrading to 64-bit
If you have either Windows XP or Windows Vista 32-bit, upgrading to a 64-bit operating system is highly advisable. 64-bit will allow you to have much more accessible RAM. It also provides better support for modern processors and a number of other performance advantages. If you are going to upgrade to 64-bit, you will have to buy a new license and reinstall your operating system anyway. With this being the case, there is no reason not to upgrade to Windows 7.


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