Top tips for changing from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8

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Windows XP Dies

Microsoft has ceased support for the legacy OS. Follow our tips to upgrading from xp to windows 7 or Windows 8 more easily.

As of earlier this month, Microsoft has stopped support for Windows XP. To keep your system up-to-date and safe, upgrading from xp to windows 7/8 will ensure your systems are kept secure and cant be exploited. To help you through the pains of migration, we’ve compiled some common apps and tips for transitioning to either Windows 7 or 8. If you’re considering upgrading to Vista…Please don’t.

Tip One Use the tools available:

Microsoft Easy Transfer

Microsoft has its own transfer manager to help migrate files, pictures, and basic settings to Windows 7. It’s a basic tool that lets you migrate settings by profile and produces a detailed report of everything moved to your new PC.

The unfortunate truth about upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 is that some legacy applications may not be supported. But don’t despair, because Microsoft has an Upgrade Assistant that lets you check your program compatibility with the new OS.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Windows 8/8.1 Upgrade Advisor

If you’re running old applications, there’s a chance they won’t work under Windows 7 Professional or 8 Pro. You’ll need to make a decision about what to do after you upgrade: Either upgrade to a newer version of the software that does support Windows 7 Professional/8 Pro, or use an emulator mode to keep the old application running. Windows 7 Professional offers Windows XP Mode as a free download. This program lets you run older XP software that wouldn’t otherwise be compatible with Windows 7 Professional. But, while XP Mode is supported with Windows 7 Professional, it isn’t officially available with Windows 8 Pro (although you can make it work with a bit of know-how).

Tip Two – Is it time to change my machine ?

Windows 7 Professional and 8 Pro are much more powerful operating systems than Windows XP, and like most pieces of software, they run best on modern hardware. You’ll experience the best results if you upgrade your computer at the same time as your operating system.

If new hardware isn’t in the budget and you want to upgrade an existing device, check the results from the tools mention in TIP one, Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor or the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant to get an inventory of your computer’s components and a solid look at what is and isn’t compatible. Be sure to secure drivers for any components that are connected to your PC – mice, keyboards, hard drives, printers, and all the rest.

Tip Three – Alternative software to use as a Stop gap

Web-based services are a great option to consider for replacing outdated programs. For example, if your old version of Office won’t run on Windows 7 Professional or 8 Pro, try the online Office 365 or Google Docs instead.

Copying data back and forth to external thumb drives can be tedious and error-prone, so try using the cloud instead. Services like the new Windows OneDrive let you stash mountains of data on the web, then access it later from any other PC. Backing up your user files to one of these systems makes migration as painless as possible and adds an extra layer of protection for your data.

Tip Four – Worried it all go wrong

As with any software migration,upgrading from xp to windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro involves some risk, and some users may not be comfortable enough with process to handle mission-critical computers that contain essential data. If you don’t have (or can’t afford) on-site IT staff to offer aid, then give us a call.  Accede IT  is staffed by experts who can ensure applications are compatible with your new OS and guide you through the upgrade process, from determining readiness to rolling out the upgraded systems. Outsourcing your upgrade not only offers peace of mind, it also saves you time and gets you back up and running as quickly as possible.

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