Peter Clarke

PC PAL Andover and Winchester

Peter Clarke is based in Andover and looks after both residential & business customer in Andover, Salisbury, Winchester & surrounding areas. Tel: 01264 931000 or 01962 921000 Email: andover@pcpal.co.uk
Tips & How-to's 1st July 2012 1166

Do you want to update your computer without the cost of buying new?  Think Windows 7 upgrade - advises Peter Clarke from PC PAL

Your computer’s Operating System is vital, as it governs the way that hardware and software work together which impacts on things like the speed at which programmes run.

Windows 7 has been Microsoft’s mainstream offering since 2009.  Here are some reasons to consider upgrading if you’re currently using Windows XP or Vista:

  • Microsoft will stop supporting XP early in 2014.  Vista is recognised as an inefficient & relatively slow operating system, which is why it was rapidly replaced by Windows 7 in new computers.  All new programmes will be written for the Windows 7 platform meaning they may not work as well on computers running XP or Vista, or, they may not work at all on these computers
  • All  computer hardware can support 64 bit operating systems but until recently most operating systems were 32 bit which limited the memory available and therefore the speed at  which your computer could run programmes. The most commonly used version of Windows 7 is 64 bit which allows you to use all available memory in your computer and to get the best and quickest performance from it.

It is easy to find out if your computer will run Windows 7, as Microsoft provides a free Upgrade Advisor package which will look at both your hardware and software and prepare a report of the compatibility with Windows 7.

If you are going to upgrade there are a few simple but essential things you need to consider:

  • Creating a back up of all your files (photos, music etc)
  • How you will transfer these files back to the computer after upgrade
  • How you want to configure Windows 7 to suit your needs

Windows 7 has already proved to be a stable, reliable and user friendly operating system which will future proof your computer.

If you have questions regarding this or any other computer issue or you would like to book a service for your computer then contact PC PAL on 01264 931000, email andover@pcpal.co.uk or visit www.pcpal.co.uk

Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke is based in Andover and looks after both residential & business customer in Andover, Salisbury, Winchester & surrounding areas.

Tel: 01264 931000 or 01962 921000
Email: andover@pcpal.co.uk

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