Windows 7 Upgrade: Top 10 Reasons Not To Upgrade

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, October 20, 2009


I am optimistic, but the proof will be in the pudding.

This is what Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer anticipated about the latest Operating System Windows 7. The inference was overtly influenced by the test feedback on Windows Vista that were equally good as Windows 7. At this juncture when Windows 7 is officially ready to be shipped on Thursday, the companies and individual users running Windows XP and Windows Vista have a huge decision to make. Windows 7 upgrade is a tough choice when you evaluate the intricacies of the latest operating system. We could have solid 10 reasons for not upgrading to Windows 7.

1. Slow Start-up and reboot

To begin with we could afford a few words from Walt Mossberg.

On a couple of these machines, glacial start-up and reboot times reminded me of Vista.

Windows 7 could have a slower start up and restart for 32 bit systems.

2. Complications of upgrading from Windows XP

Although the Windows Vista users can easily upgrade to Windows 7 keeping all files, settings and programs intact. The process for upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 is complicated as well as time-consuming. In case of XP the users will have to back up their files elsewhere and then restore their personal files. Then they can install Windows 7. Then they can install each program from the original CDs or downloaded installer files.

3.  Patches and Upgrades

The Windows XP users upgrading to Windows 7 will need to install all the patches and upgrades to those programs from over the years. Although Windows 7 offers Easy Transfer Wizard it moves only personal files not programs.

4. Missing features

In a bid to offer a leaner OS Microsoft has stripped Windows 7 of familiar built-in applications, like Windows 7 email, photo gallery, address book, calendar and Windows Movie maker programs. The idea is simplicity and ease of use. Windows 7 lets devices talk to each other more easily.

5. Massive memory leak

When upgrading to Windows 7 amongst other issues we picked an important one. Windows 7 is under red panic code before its final release for massive memory leak in the unassuming, but frequently used program chkdsk.exe. While scanning a second hard disk (second physical drive or a non-boot partition) with the /r (used for reading and verifying all file data) parameter the tests shows that the utility starts leaking memory unmanageably and quickly runs up a high enough memory debt showing the blue screen of death and crashes the system. In some infrequent cases, the memory usage even climbs to 98% within seconds. This issue has been reports in many different hardware set up. Doubling up the problem Explorer.exe runs the utility does not release the excessively large amounts of memory it gobbles up.

6. Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7: Is it really worth it

Hardware has undergone a significant improvement since the times of Windows XP. The amount you spend on Windows 7 upgrade could be better spent if you take a new computer with Windows 7 pre-installed.

This course may, however, require purchase of new applications. That needs to be factored in and may suggest that doing nothing right now is the prudent approach. Given a choice between upgrading Microsoft Office and upgrading to Windows 7, I would choose Office.

7. Issues with Drivers

With Windows 7 you might have peripheral driver issues that the upgrade advisor raises. You need to know that some peripheral driver issues that the upgrade advisor raises, as some older hardware components (looking at you, ancient dot-matrix printer) won’t have Windows 7 drivers. Well, the manufacturers aren’t falling over themselves to write new drivers for out-of-production hardware.

Although the upgrade adviser might advice you on your current systems compatibility with Windows 7 most of them might not match the upgrade requirements.

8.  Mass upgrade to Windows 7

There’s no doubt Microsoft has gave its best to make Windows 7 a successful enterprise edition. In case your company runs Windows XP, you might consider a mass upgrade given the Windows 7 features for enterprise. Clearly, it’s tough to make decisions with intricate corporate options and changing situations.

Given a healthy situations, what emerges as a alternative to Windows 7 is Mac. There is a simple logic working behind the consideration that upgrading the Windows XP box could be best done by purchasing new hardware, a Mac might seem a very attractive alternative. On a broader view Windows 7 opens the door for Apple to sell Macs to current PC owners

9.  Dealing with the homegroup feature

We heard a lot of fuss revolving around Windows 7 homegroup feature. It’s a new standard that only works in the very latest version of Windows, which Microsoft probably dropped after the antitrust settlement. For better Microsoft could have done better to provide a zero-configuration home-file-sharing scheme with such restrictive system requirements. This is especially discouraging when an open standard allowing about the same thing has existed for over a decade and has been supported in a competing operating system since almost a decade now.

10 . Wrong Price for Windows 7

Undoubtedly, Windows 7 would be one of the best releases for the Redmond company so far, but the company is holding back uptake with the pricing. The pricing released weeks ago discloses that the retail prices will touch $200 mark for the full Home Premium version and $300 for the full retail version of Professional edition, even after a price cut, for a full retail copy of the operating system.


Windows 7 unquestionably is completely focused on users experience and an attempt makes things easier for the users after the so called Visaster.  The company is almost forcing the issue, announcing that Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP in April 2014.  What still remains to be seen is that Windows 7 is a breakneck evolution undergoing changes at a drastic pace. The question that arises is would you do with the immature operating system which seems overprice or you can wait longer for fully accomplished version of the latest Windows operating system.


October 29, 2009: 5:27 pm

1. Slow Start-up and reboot
I have tested win7 on a number of machines with wildly different hardware specs and all of them even after months of use never showed any slowdown….

2. Complications of upgrading from Windows XP
How is it complicated?? even in your blog you list the steps…
1) Backup files with the transfer wizard
2) Install 7
3) Copy your personal files over
4) Install your software
5) Eat cake
How is that hard, i say it’s a great thing because far FAR too often on peoples somputers there is software they never use or came with the PC that they will simply leave out resulting ins a faster cleaner system..

3. Patches and Upgrades
HUH? If you don’t have your system updated then your in sad shape (unless you pirated it) and on a subsequent install you DO NOT NEED THE FILES ON THE DRIVE. Try it yourself, take the upgrade media and put it on a formated but blank HDD and it will install

4. Missing features
So you get to choose which features you want on your system and not bother with the garbage… and this is bad how?
5. Massive memory leak
I have tried this out on 4 machines since reading this and i cannot find any evidence of it. Either it is a very specific set of hardware that causes this or this is FUD
6. Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7: Is it really worth it
Partially agree with you, a newer machine rather than an 8 year old machine with outdated software would be preferable, however you can always install your existing versions…
7. Issues with Drivers
Wow, manufacturers don’t update drivers… how odd… Anyway if you have soemthing that old then chances are your not even THINKING about upgrading, you’ll just replace with something modern because it is way overdue anyway

8. Mass upgrade to Windows 7
How does the mac at 2-5x the price merit consideration? In a corp environment you would never go with all Mac from Windows because the loss of control, integration, services, abilities, and software make it a non starter.
Besides the initial cost of an underpowered MAC you must look at the software side.. all you run would have to be replaced (if there even is a mac version) and even if you plop windows on it your still out the cash for the hardware….
9. Dealing with the homegroup feature
So this is problem related to the upgrade to 7 how? The homegroup feature is simple, efficient, and even my grandmother could set it up. If you upgrade a computer in your home chances are your goign to do it to all of them (there is special pricing for that too)
10 . Wrong Price for Windows 7
It’s an operating system, full and complete. not a service pack, this level of refinement could never be part of a service pack as you need to replace almost every single bit of the OS… so where is the issue?

October 29, 2009: 1:59 am

hmm, I am currently using windows XP and was planning to upgrade it in windows 7. but after rreading your post i think I should use xp for more 1-2 months and then decide should i upgrade it in windows 7 or not. my friend just updated his xp in to windows 7 and he said 7 is lot more faster compare to other operating systems. I am bit confuse now after reading your post to go for it or stay with XP

October 23, 2009: 4:40 pm

Windows 7 is a great operating system, I don’t know what your talking about, Ive seen really poor machines including such as 32bit celeron based machines with only 2gb ddr2 memory run faster at basic tasks then a 4gb w/ Intel pentium based system. Nevertheless there will always be hot-fixes, and service packs, both xp and 2000 had there fair share, so while it may be early, dont allow the “new os” factor to scare you from upgrading.

October 22, 2009: 11:10 am

I have used Windows 7 Beta for a few months and I would have to say that I like it. It is much faster and programs don’t lag even when you running multiple programs at once. There are some neat features introduced into Windows 7 and the overall use is much easier and simpler. Microsoft took Windows 7 seriously and they needed to do that. I have written a detailed experience about my use of Windows 7 and I hope you can find it useful. Please comment and let me know

It is still too early to determine what kind of problems might rise from Windows 7, but overall I think it will be a great operating system.

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