Microsoft will be launching its new Operating System Windows 7 on October 22, 2009. This will replace Windows Vista which is generally seen as a disappointment. Initially Vista had lots of problems, now it is said to be somewhat ok but overall it has been a failure with frustrating experiences from many users. I for one have not used it, so I cannot say a lot about Vista. I have been on XP for the past 5 years and am happy with it.
Windows 7 could be a major revenue generator for most software and hardware players. In a recent survey of Deutsche Bank, 34 per cent of corporate bosses reported plans to upgrade to Windows 7. Windows 7 could achieve in less than a year what Windows XP and Windows 2000 achieved in two years. Windows 7 could also bring in good money to Microsoft which had disappointing latest earnings.
Here are a few things to know for those curious about Windows 7
Should you upgrade to Windows 7?
If you don't have any complaints with your existing system continue with it. But eventually a time will come when Microsoft will stop supporting the programs you are using, so you will sooner or later be forced to upgrade. Like for example there are hardly any PCs today with Windows 95 or 98.
Is Windows 7 better?
Yes. Apparently it is believed to be faster, more stable, and more secure than all the previous operating systems. Ask any professional who is using a test version and he will say good things about Windows 7. Windows 7 is smarter in many ways - it starts faster than Vista, requires less memory, has excellent controls and shortcuts for navigating multiple windows on a desktop. It is also superior in power usage, for example it automatically stops unused processes on a laptop to extent its battery life.
What about the cost?
The standard version for home users will cost $199 or $119 to upgrade from Vista. Professional business version will cost $299 or $199 for an upgrade.
What if you have a Vista PC?
If you have not fallen in love with Vista and want a better OS and the latest software from Microsoft and are willing to spend $119 then go for an upgrade. The upgrade will not be a problem according to Microsoft. You can do a simple upgrade that keeps files, settings and programs or a custom installation that erases the hard drive. Anyways you have to create a backup of your files first.
What if you are on Windows XP?
You will have to first erase the hard drive, load Windows 7 and then reload your programs and files.
Should you buy a new computer before October 22 (when Windows 7 will become available?)
If you are buying a Vista PC today make sure that the manufacturer is giving you a coupon for a free upgrade to Windows 7. The coupons may not come with Windows XP systems or most of the bargain netbook mini laptops. But I would suggest that you wait for October 22 as a computer with a preloaded Windows 7 will not have as many glitches as you could experience if you go for an upgrade. The reason is computer manufacturers are still fine tuning their machines for Windows 7 compatibility. New PC models will surface around the time Windows 7 makes its debut. Better wait if you are not in a great hurry for a new PC.