Windows 7 Release Date Has Been Announced, What Should I Do?

The question of when will Windows 7 be released has finally been answered.  Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 will be released on October 22. A lot have clients have been asking questions about system requirements, drivers, features and more. But most of all, they ask what they should do.

Many of our clients, like most of the world, never made the jump from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Some have even bought new PCs last year with Windows XP installed. So, here is what we are telling them…

  1. The buzz from the geek community is good for this OS compared to Vista. If they like it, then so will you.
  2. If you are using XP, you will have to make the jump in 2010. You basically have no choice. Microsoft is not going to keep writing updates for an operating system that is 2 generations old. This will leave you vulnerable to hacks and other problems with little to no support.
  3. Don't upgrade when it first launches in October. Let us geeks play around with it for a while to shake the rust off before you get your hands on it. Start thinking of migrating sometime in March of 2010.
  4. Some people recommend waiting for the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 before an upgrade. That is an old approach. Generally speaking, a service pack is only previously released updates.
  5. Even though Microsoft will say it runs fine on old hardware, you would probably want to upgrade your PC anyway, especially if it's more than 3 years old. If you need help on that end, please email us. We have a lot of vendor relationships that can get you a PC cheaper then buying them online. Give us a shot, you'll see.
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