Posted on May 12, 2010
Now that it has been out for a while – There is no reason NOT to upgrade – All new computers and most current computers (<5 years old) are upgradable to Windows 7. It is faster and more reliable than both VISTA and XP – and utilizes the performance of today’s new hardware.
To “32bit” or to “64bit”?
To put it simply, 32 bit and 64 bit refers to the “addressable memory” available to Windows – 32 bit can access just over 3 Gigabytes of memory where as the 64 bit operating system can access 192 Gigabytes (there are also CPU performance gains). These days most new computers are sold with at least 2 Gig of memory!
Before Windows 7 – there was no need to ask this question – Most computers and applications were happy to run on the 32 bit operating systems. However today – with the improvement in hardware and software and the greater support for 64 bit applications – there is no reason to stick with 32 bit – it is like removing 5th & 6th gear from your car (or welding the rear doors shut!) – The performance gains from 64 bit in both addressable memory and CPU speed are worth it – for virtually the same price. However there are still some programs that are not compatible with 64 Bit – and as always read the instructions!
At Waldon – We BACKUP the entire hard drive before attempting to upgrade your computer to Windows 7 (This ensures if for some reason the upgrade fails – we return your computer as it was). Then we do a COMPLETE NEW install of Windows 7, update any hardware drivers and transfer all of your data across, and in most cases keep all of your personal settings (web page history / saved passwords etc) safely and securely.