Yet questions still remain about upgrading to the new OS, how Windows 7 works compared to Vista, and whether there will be any serious compatibility issues once Windows 7 is finally installed on computers across the United States.
There are a lot of questions out there about Windows 7, and I have answers. I’ve gone through the PC World vault to find all the information you need about upgrading, the pros and cons of buying a new system, Windows 7 security, and more. With this handy guide at your side, you’ll be able to embrace everything Windows 7 has to offer.
Upgrade to Windows 7
Upgrading to a new Windows OS is always filled with questions, like which version of Windows 7 is for me? How much does it cost? Should I even bother upgrading at all?
When Vista was released, it was clear that most users were going to need a new system to handle the OS. Windows 7, however, is supposedly designed to run on anything, and was even found to be a little bit faster than Vista in PC World’s performance tests. So you may not need a new computer after all, but if you’re running XP or finding the upgrade path a little too scary, maybe you should splurge on that new laptop you’ve had your eye on.
IT manager and PC World blogger Michael Scalisi has a great FAQ to help you through the big decision, but the Tech Inciter, David Coursey, says forget about upgrading and just buy a new computer already.
If you do decide to invest in a new machine, or even if you’ve upgraded, PC World’s David Murphy has some tips to help you optimize your Windows 7 system.
Any Windows user knows you have to watch out for viruses, spyware, and worms, but Vista’s security features were widely panned for being annoying. Windows 7 has toned down the warnings, but it’s still got some big security features. In fact, Windows 7 may be the safest Windows OS yet. PC World’s Business Center has an extensive guide to Windows 7 security like user Account Control, Fingerprint Scanner Support and data encryption. You can also check out a video tour of the improvements with Senior Editor Robert Strohmeyer.
Finally, Windows 7 gives a lot in terms of new features, security improvements, and user interface tweaks, but it also demands a lot from your computer. Check out how to mitigate the seven deadly sins of Windows 7.