TechSmartSenior Getting along with Technology after 50
You may have heard the hoopla that happens everytime a new version of Windows ships.
Maybe you held off buying a computer till the new operating system shipped, or are
considering upgrading your computer to the new system but aren't sure whether to
take the plunge. This brief article gives you the basics about Windows 7.
Whenever Microsoft ships a new version of Windows, as they did recently with Windows
7, good and bad things happen. The good is that the tech sector in general picks
up a notch in sales (good for your stock portfolio) and the bad news can be that
the new Windows causes people headaches as they learn the ropes and discover the
bugs Microsoft didn't catch.
Windows 7 may be the exception to the rule. This newest version follows on the heels
of Windows Vista, an operating system many consider bloated, bug ridden, and a security
disaster. Learning from their mistakes, Microsoft worked hard to make Windows 7 one
of the best products they've shipped in a long time.
I followed the product through beta testing as I updated Computers for Seniors For
Dummies and wrote a couple of books about Windows 7, and let me tell you, from the
get-go it was a better product than Windows Vista. It's leaner, meaner, and more
secure. Plus, it releases at a time when computers are at an all time low price.
So, if you're thinking of buying a Windows 7 computer, I wouldn't hesitate to do
so (you can find some for a few hundred dollars after rebates and other incentives).
If you have a computer with Windows Vista and you use it much at all, I recommend
you fork over the $120 or so and buy the upgrade. Your computer performance will
improve noticeably and you won't experience much in the way of new release bugs.
My only word of warning is that not every driver—that is the software used to run
printers, keyboards, and so on—has been updated for Windows 7; or if it has, you
may need to update the driver on your computer to make sure that Windows 7 works
seamlessly. A quick way to do this after you've upgraded to Windows 7 is to run Windows
Update through the Control Panel and let Microsoft do the updating for you, which
will work in most cases.