There’s been a lot of discussion around Windows 7 in the past months, and there’s been a lot of “wait and see,” too. It appears that Microsoft has finally come up with a solution that will appease the techies, home users, and businesses. Windows 7 is a great choice for an operating system … and if you don’t have it now, you’ll probably want to consider the switch.
But before you go out and upgrade your OS, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
The first thing you should do is make sure your computer can handle Windows 7. If you already have Vista, you’ll be just fine. You’ll need at least a 1 GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of hard drive space. If your computer doesn’t meet those specs, Windows 7 won’t do much for you (and you should seriously consider upgrading your computer).
If your system is ready to go, your next step is to back up your data. Documents, photos, music, videos, programs, e-mail that aren’t stored online, and anything else that is important to you should be safely duplicated onto some external source. Take the time to find every possible location where you have stored files — you don’t want to miss anything.
Once you are safely operating with redundant data, you can move forward with a Windows 7 install. Our recommendation is to start fresh with a clean install. This means wiping your hard drive clean, installing Windows 7, and transferring your data and programs back to your computer. This will ensure that there are no lingering bugs from your old operating system. You’ll start with a brand new computer that is running at optimal performance.
It may be time to take the Windows 7 plunge. If you follow these three simple rules before you dive in head-first, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and headaches.
As always, The Computer Guys USA are here to help you through the process. Give us a call at (929) 468-0000 for a free consultation.
Happy New Year everyone!
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC and CEO of “The Computer Guys USA” with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.