With the introduction of Windows 8 many users are finding the change so radical that they are not always happy with their purchase. Almost 50% of PC users still run on Windows 7 while a good majority still run on XP.
If you are an XP user you may be interested to know that as of April 2014 Microsoft will be no longer updating this operating system. So if it develops a bug it will not be fixed. Forecasters are expecting a rush to the stores shortly for XP users to upgrade. The question is should they choose Windows 7 or 8?
Windows 8 is being advocated as the first touch environment for an operating system. It is app based and if you currently use a smartphone you will find that there are a ton of similarities. XP users upgrading directly to Windows 8 will find that there are some huge differences as well.
Many standard XP features are not included in Windows 8 including windows media player, games and many of the accessories. Instead you will need to create a Microsoft account and visit their store to get the applications you need.
One huge improvement for Windows 7 users is the introduction of IE 11. This is reported to be very similar to the new improved Windows 8.1 version which was just released. Many of the bugs have now been resolved and loading speeds for both systems are much faster. This is Microsoft’s way of competing with the popularity of Google’s Chrome browser.
Windows 8 uses fewer resources on your computer compared to running XP. New users will appreciate faster speeds and less lag time. One thing to be aware of is to check your system to see if you have enough resources and space for running Windows 8.
Currently the requirements are:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
If your PC is an older model you may not have sufficient RAM or disk space. So upgrading your hard drive or purchasing a new one may be necessary. With the average life of a PC of about 3-4 years it may not be worth upgrading.
To take advantage of the Touch ability in Windows 8 you will need a touch screen monitor. Again another reason you may want to purchase a new system if yours is older.
For XP users going directly to Windows 8 you will experience lots of differences. One thing I like about it is that you can organize your work more easily and you can select from the Windows 8 start screen or go to the Desk top screen. Can’t find a program or the control system? Just start typing it in and Windows 8 will display options.
Would love to hear your thoughts and if you are ready to switch to Windows 8 or not! Once you are accustomed to using Windows 8 you should find it easier to do all your work and find your files and folders more easily.