Hold your horses

Don’t jump the gun and upgrade to a new PC, before you actually try Windows 7 on your existing machine

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  September 2, 2009

‘Windows 7 is coming!' In the past few weeks I've heard that line a lot and it has always been followed by the words ‘I'm looking for some new hardware'. You see, a number of my friends and family have heard me harping on about Windows 7 since the start of the year and given that most of it was positive, they're all keen on investing in Microsoft's forthcoming operating system (OS). However, what I don't understand is why they want to upgrade their machines without first trying the OS on their existing hardware.

This, it seems, is a line of thinking that a number of PC users endorse: something new is on the horizon therefore it always needs better hardware to run on, meaning money needs to be spent on newer kit. In some cases these users will be happy with an upgrade but, in more extreme cases, the user in question seems happy enough to swap the PC or notebook in favour of something new.

This is a flawed approach because it doesn't let you extract value from your existing kit and, worse still, it prompts you to spend yet more cash when you might not have needed to. I've never been able to understand or endorse this line of thinking and Windows 7 proved this beyond a shadow of a doubt.

I've been running Windows 7 in one form or the other (beta, release candidate etc) since the beginning of this year and I can safely say that I'm impressed. The OS runs remarkably well on systems that struggled to run the older ‘Vista' OS smoothly. In fact, I was able to install and run it very well on a laptop that's over three years old. In this case, rather than make that notebook feel older and sluggish, the OS' responsiveness actually made the machine feel newer and revitalised. Kudos to Microsoft.

Ultimately, what I'm saying is don't jump the gun and upgrade your machine before you actually try the piece of software, in this case, Windows 7. You might actually be happy with the results you get from your existing kit and it'll save you a fair bit of cash too.

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