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Windows 7 - Top Reasons for Upgrading from Windows XP


Windows XP was one of Microsoft's most successful operating systems and it still remains one of the favourites among many computer users. Windows Vista introduced a lot of changes, but many users encountered problems with these changes. There were common complaints about performance and compatibility issues. Many of these problems were not properly addressed until the arrival of Windows 7 which is now at Service Pack 1. While many people are still using Windows XP, and Windows 8 is already in the making, now is still a good time to upgrade to Windows 7 for the following reasons.

1 – Compatibility
These days, most programs and games are made for Windows 7. Although Windows XP still runs the majority of software designed for later versions of the operating system, this is rapidly starting to change. Windows Vista brought with it a whole swathe of compatibility problems which, in turn, turned a lot of people off Windows 7.

2 – Support
Windows XP, for most users, is no longer supported by Microsoft as of 2009. This means that there will no longer be updates released for the operating system that fix bugs or add new features. While basic security updates will continue to be released until 2014, you won't get anything but these most essential updates. After 2014, there will be absolutely no support for the operating system which will leave your computer open to many problems.

3 – 64-Bit
64-bit computing is the norm in today's computers unless you're using a low-spec netbook machine. Today's processors use 64-bit architecture and support much more system memory. Although most software is still programed in 32-bit, this is steadily changing. Having a 64-bit operating system will help to guard against compatibility problems in the future. Windows 7 64-bit can run virtually anything designed for previous editions of Windows except for the 16-bit programs made for Windows 3.1 back in the 90s.
There is a 64-bit edition of Windows XP available, although it was never very popular and compatibility was always a major issue.

4 – Many Extra Features
There are many things which people regularly use computers for which are not supported by Windows XP without the necessity for third-party software. For example, Windows 7 natively supports DVD burning and Blu-ray playback without needing to install any extra programs.
Windows 7 also provides useful desktop gadgets, rather like the Sidebar feature in Windows Vista. Although many people will not find these particularly useful, these small applications are a great way to customize your computer.

 

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