Windows 7 Upgrade: Top 10 Reasons Not To UpgradeBy 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.
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