I hate to throw a new computer away if it can be updated. (Thank goodness for my friend who checked the trash even after I assured her there was no way I would do that!
The majority of businesses are still running Windows XP—but with Windows 7 now available, many companies are weighing the costs and benefits of upgrading from XP to Windows 7.
Although XP users qualify for upgrade licensing, there’s no in-place upgrade from XP to Windows 7.
The only way to upgrade in-place is to go from XP to Windows Vista, then from Vista to Windows 7.
Did Windows Vista scare you off updating your PC so much that you let Windows 7 and 8 pass you by?
Well, the time has come for you to move on because full XP support is no more, starting today. governments, for example, paid Microsoft a few million dollars to extend support for a year, The Guardian reported. Well, if any bugs are found after Tuesday, Microsoft won't be fixing them, though it will support antimalware signatures for XP through July 14, 2015. At its recent Build conference, Microsoft lowered the system requirements for Windows 8.1 so more machines can upgrade to the latest OS.
For more information about the new features, see Windows 7 in the Enterprise.