Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:


January 4, 2010  9:24 AM

Problem upgrading Windows 7 from Vista

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
upgrade, vista, Windows 7

I actually don't mind Windows 7, having used it since RC1 was released last summer. But this weekend, I had to install it on my main PC, because Vista had become unstable. Unlike previous releases, I needed to boot into Vista first in order to run the upgrade rather than a clean installation. It...

October 21, 2009  11:13 AM

Windows 7 top tips

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Compatibility, upgrade, Windows, Windows 7

I've been looking at Windows 7 RC1 for a couple of months and it seems OK.. With the final product available, should we all upgrade? Here are my tips on upgrading.

1. Check your desktop PC spec. Vista-ready machines should be fine, but if you are running Windows XP, you may have...

October 5, 2009  11:48 AM

Steve Ballmer has no plans to simplify MS licensing

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Licensing, Microsoft, upgrade, Windows

Steve Ballmer is at Microsoft's London HQ in Victoria today to explain to customers, resellers and system integrators, why they need Windows 7, Windows 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010.


He says BitLocker disk encryption, application and desktop virtualisation and central policy...

April 30, 2008  7:49 PM

Skip Vista – you know it makes sense

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Dell, HP, PC, upgrade, vista, XP

With the first service pack now available, I wonder how many businesses are going to be upgrading to Vista? Not many it seems. Some businesses are not at all keen on Vista. Let's face it, what's the best way to break a modern PC...install Vista. All the tweaks Microsoft has made to make its...

January 29, 2008  6:32 PM

Windows Server 2008: worth the upgrade?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
NT, Support, upgrade, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 is set to be officially launched on February 28. Given the timings between major releases of the OS, it may have been better to launch on Feb 29th. The last major upgrade was in 2003 and it is highly unlikely anyone who has standardised on Windows 2003 Server will be...

August 2, 2007  6:52 PM

Upgrade or buy new?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Green IT, upgrade

This week I have posted blogs on how to upgrade an old PC and installing more memory....

July 30, 2007  9:52 AM

Bargain PC upgrade from eBay

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
FAN, heatsink, PC, upgrade

I spent about a hour on Saturday upgrading my old PC. It was an hour well spent... Strictly speaking my upgrade began five days earlier. A quick eBay search on Socket 478 revealed a choice of several...

July 24, 2007  4:34 PM

Barcelona goes green

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
chip, Energy efficiency, Green IT, upgrade

Today, I spoke to Bruce Shaw at AMD, who was over in the UK to talk about AMD's latest and greatest server processor - "Barcelona." This quad core chip is socket compatible with the dual core AMD Opteron processor, yet AMD says it consumes the same amount of electricity and generates the same...

July 3, 2007  8:36 PM

Can we cut down e-waste with upgradeable hardware?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
BIOS, e-waste, Green IT, PC, upgrade

I wish PC hardware could be reconfigured, directly through software, to prevent everyone having to upgrade every few years to support new chipsets, processors, memory architectures and buses. In an article on the BBC's website last...

June 18, 2007  6:38 PM

Forced upgrades

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
upgrade, vista

I've tracked the IT industry for many years and it does appear the hardware and software providers' only goal is to get you to buy new kit. Now while they have to make money, it does seem totally unnecessary for something as open as the PC architecture to limit upgradeability. For instance, when...

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: