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The urge to upgrade


We have all had this one.  Shall I go out and buy that new shiny ****** even though I don’t really need it?  This is a tough one but before you go and spend your hard earned think carefully about the following:

1. Do I really need it?  Can your existing equipment do what you are after?  Can you upgrade your existing system (e.g more RAM) so it provides the performance you are after?  Take the iPad2 as an example.  Is your original iPad really awful overnight?  Chances are the one you have can still provide the solution and performance you are after.

2. What happens to the old one you have?  In a world where people are beginning to think about the total life cycle of products what will you do with yours?  You could take it to the tip but why not instead give it to family or friends, kids, local charity shop or even make some money on ebay.  There will always be people on ebay who are not after the latest gadget.  If you don’t want to give it away why not use it for something else.  That old computer you have could be made into a firewall for your network or a NAS box for your backups.

3. Do you really have the money for it?  There is a reason that so many people are in a lot of debt.  People go out and buy things that they can’t afford – I myself am as guilty as the next person on this.  Think of the money you could save if you didn’t buy that new iPad2.  You could even take the kids on holidays too!!!!!

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Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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Should I upgrade to Windows 7?


I get asked this question a lot. People see the adverts and start to think ooh that looks good I might try that. This is where I ask people why exactly do you want to upgrade? You see there are arguments for and against upgrading and we shall discuss both.

For

1. Windows 7 is the most secure operating system Microsoft has designed.

2.  Windows 7 is compatible with the newer ipV6 internet addressing system (see previous post).

3. All new software is designed to run on Windows 7 by default where you might have compatibility issues with older software like XP.

4. You can get to try out the new IE9 web browser.  IE9 is not available on XP.

5. Security updates.  Windows 7 is the new kid on the block so updates are ongoing.  Microsoft are going to stop all security updates for Windows XP in 2014.

Against

1. Chances are you are running Windows XP.  If so then the interface does look different enough to be off putting to some people.

2. Possible compatibility issues with software that you are running at the moment.

3. Cost.  You will have to go out and purchase Windows 7 at approximately £110 for an upgrade pack.

4. Mentality.  If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it.  Windows XP works, you are happy with it so why should you change.

5. You might need a new computer because your current one does not have the specification required to run Windows 7.

So which way do you go?  If you are in business then I would advise waiting until your natural cycle of upgrades and then change over.  This will ease the transition for your users and also ease the cost for your business.  If you are a home user then I would advise unless there is some compelling reason why you want to upgrade stick with what you know for the time being.  Like point 4 above states: If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it. Wait until your system breaks and then buy one with Windows 7 already installed.

You will have noticed that so far we haven’t mentioned Windows Vista.  There is a reason for this.  Windows 7 is far superior to Windows Vista so if you want to upgrade then go for Windows 7.

Whichever path you decide to go down bear one thing in mind.  In 2014 (probably sooner with ipV6 internet addressing) you will have no choice but to change over to Windows 7 (maybe even Windows 8).

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Whichever you decide ComTech can be there offering you advice along the way.  Go to www.comtech247.net for more information.

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