Still using XP? All you need to know about Windows 7 & 8.1
Are you still using Windows XP? Many people are but since we published the news that XP was facing its end of life in the February newsletter that is changing for our clients. We have been inundated with people asking for help making the move to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. So I thought I would take this opportunity to inform you about the differences and why making the move away from XP is beneficial to you and your business.
What are the main differences between Windows XP and Windows 7?
- The start menu and task bar are different. You can now ‘pin’ your favourite programs to the task bar making them easy to access.
- The shutdown and the start-up is very fast in Windows 7 when compared to XP
- There are not many graphical components present in the Windows XP but 7 provides good Graphical User Interface (GUI). Meaning Windows 7 is pleasing to look at and user friendly.
- In Windows 7 there is no necessity for the drivers to be installed but in XP it is necessary to install drivers. No driver installation saves you time.
- The Kernel of Windows 7 is very good when compared to the Windows XP.
- User defined themes can be implemented in Windows 7 but in XP themes cannot be created by the user.
- The Windows defender in 7 provides maximum security to the operating system but in XP this feature is not available.
- Controlling networking and internet settings is much easier in Windows 7. The Network and Sharing Center allows users to view and control individual networks and internet connections.
- Win 7 has separate libraries for your documents, pictures, music and videos whereas Windows XP doesn’t. Libraries are much more convenient for finding folders and files quicker.
- Win 7 has the aero snap feature which enables you to see two windows side by side.
So what are the differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1?
- Windows 8.1 looks completely different to Windows 7. It uses apps and looks more like a smart phone operating system. Although it is very different from XP or 7 it is designed to be completely user friendly.
- 8.1 is backwards compatible with 7. Meaning that you can use a Windows 7 through Windows 8.1
- 8.1 is the most secure of the Windows operating system so far.
- Microsoft has improved Windows Defender so it now monitors network behaviour for suspicious activity, and Remote Data Removal lets you remotely wipe company-related data without completely wiping a user’s personal data.
- You might wonder where the start bar has gone! It is there but it is hiding.
- Windows 8.1 has much better multiple screen support as opposed to just the snap screen ability on Windows 7.
- Personalisation is easy and vital in 8.1.
Why should I stop using Windows XP?
- Obviously there are security issues that are posed by end of life and support for XP (See February’s blog: )
- Increased productivity by using Windows 7 or 8.1. Features such as the aero snap quickly become a vital tool in productivity, being able to compare two documents or webpages is seriously useful. Also 8.1 has automatic maintenance meaning that the PC keeps itself tuned by performing defragmentation, anti-malware scans, updating the operating system and diagnostic test.
- Using an operating system as old as XP means that many devices and new technologies will not work with it because they are configured for the newest operating system. Finding the XP drivers to run these things will be virtually impossible.
We can make the transfer incredibly smooth and painless for you. XP support ended at the beginning of this month and many of our clients have already asked us to help them make the move so call now to arrange your move from XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 as soon as possible as your now vulnerable.
Also due to the popularity of last month’s migration offer, we are extending the deadline for the offer so our clients can make the most of it and to help the move from XP run without worry.