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Sep 23 2009   11:22PM GMT

Decison Time: Upgrade the OS or the Whole PC?

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

October 22 is right around the corner- which means Windows 7 will be officially unleashed on the general public. Unlike its much-maligned predecessor, Windows Vista, Windows 7 has garnered virtually universal praise.

If you are still hanging on (with a ‘from my cold, dead hands’ python-style death grip) to your antiquated Windows XP system, now is the time to upgrade. The question is- can you just upgrade your operating system from Windows XP to Windows 7, or should you invest in new hardware as well (which will ostensibly come with some flavor of Windows 7 pre-loaded)?

Of course, the same question can be applied for users running Windows Vista, but the hardware question will be a much bigger deal to those running the older Windows XP.

Michael Scalisi wrote an excellent article addressing this very question. The article walks through a Q&A asking important questions like “Will I get the most out of Windows 7 on my current hardware?” and “Does it make sense to sink money into my old computer?” Check out the article and answer the questions for yourself so you can start preparing for how you will make the move to Windows 7.

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