This is the second blog in a series where we discuss the end of life for Windows XP scheduled for 8 April 2014. This series will continue with Is a Mac for me? , finishing with What about my files and software?.
With the end of life for Windows XP looming, you may have started looking at your options. You have probably heard from many people who hate Windows 8 and Microsoft is scrambling to make things better. What should you do? You need to get rid of your Windows XP/Vista computer but don’t know which way to turn. Today we will look at your choices for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Windows 7 is still available and of course, Windows 8 computers are in plentiful supply. We’re going to start by looking at the availability of machines for purchase and some of the differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Windows 8 is the future of Windows and Microsoft is currently working on update which promises to restore some of the missing features. Many users, with traditional, non-touch computers hate it. I have written about Windows 8 and have a hybrid laptop that I like, and many people that have touch screens prefer Windows 8. Love it or hate it seems to come down to touch versus non-touch and how comfortable you are with change. Windows 8 has the familiar desktop, and can be configured to be the main starting screen, but there is no way to get completely away from the metro style (square blocks) screen. The metro screen serves as the central place where Facebook, Twitter, email and other social media updates are delivered, along with news and weather feeds. At one glance, you can keep up with your pending appointments, new email, social media, breaking news and dangerous weather conditions.
Windows 7 is more like Windows XP especially when compared to Windows 8. It has the familiar desktop but at first glance may look very different from Windows XP. However after a few days usage Windows 7 should start feeling familiar. There are many small changes that may cause frustration as computers have changed in the years since Windows XP was released. Some changes may seem dumb, like change for the sake of change, while others may be due to enhancements in security and privacy protection.
Windows 8 computers are available everywhere you shop, in store and online including from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba. If you are shopping for Windows 8, please consider the touch screen option as many things are easier to do in Windows 8 with a touch screen.
Windows 7 computers are mostly sold out in stores but you still have the option of shopping online. Several manufactures including HP, Dell and Toshiba do have a few laptops and computers available that run Windows 7. You will pay a premium for these machines as they are in high demand from like-minded users choosing not to move onto Windows 8 and are in short supply.
Love your XP computer or hate it, with Windows XP arriving at end of life, you should make a change, and the longer you wait the more at risk your information is. One option you may be considering is switching to a Mac which we will cover next.
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