Now that it’s time to upgrade from Windows XP (it retires on 8th April 2014), you may well be wondering how much of your current software and hardware will work on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Fortunately there are some great free tools to help you figure that out.
At least I hope you’re planning to upgrade. April has been called the ‘XPocalypse’ for a good reason: When Microsoft stops support, PCs using XP and Office 2003 will face greatly increased exposure to malware attacks. Find out why it’s really and truly time to upgrade and Contact us, we will be happy to talk you through the options.
Older PCs Can Run Windows 7 and Windows 8
The good news is that some machines will run Windows 7 and somewhat less ancient ones will run Windows 8.1. If you are still running IT equipment that is older than 7 year old good for you! You have exceeded the full lifespan expectations of computers, but it’s probably time to get newer equipment. If your system has xp generally saying it is older than 5 years and you are most probably better off looking to get a new machine compared to a quick fix and throwing money at upgrading the software. This is a reactive response instead of a proactive action of buying technology that will last you another five years.
I’m know such things that Windows 8 is largely Windows 7 under the hood, so it also runs on older computers. The 8.1 system requirements are a bit higher than Windows 7.
Picking the Right Operating System
You can check to see if your PCs meet the requirements for Windows 8 by downloading and running the free Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. The Microsoft step-by-step instructions “Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows Vista or Windows XP” is very clear and understandable.
To check your Windows XP computer’s specifications:
- Go to ‘My Computer’ on your desktop or on the Start menu
- Right-click Properties
- If you don’t see “x64 Edition” listed, then you’re running the 32-bit version of Windows XP. Step 1 of this tutorial will show you how to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, which can let you know if your computer is capable of running the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
- If “x64 Edition” is listed under System, you’re running the 64-bit version of Windows XP and can run the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
You will have to consider whether to upgrade your existing machine or decide to purchase new equipment. the existing computer could be donated to charities or non profit organisations.
If this is all a bit too much to take care of, let us help you through the maze and we will work with you to update your IT system so you can continue with your companies work. You can call us on a toll free number (08000 302030) or email us on: firstname.lastname@example.orgTags: IT Support, PC Support, Upgrade, window xp