Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Busting Windows Operation Myths; BYTE ME

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Busting Windows Operation Myths; BYTE ME

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Byline: with BRUCE kERR

AROUND seven weeks ago I started writing articles about the demise (end of life) of the Windows XP operating system.

I had no idea what an avalanche of new customers and work it would bring through our doors. I even quoted figures of only 8% of all internet users in Australia still using XP on their computers -- now I am thinking that most of these must have resided in Central Queensland. In the last seven weeks we have replaced several hundred XP machines with modern desktops and laptops running Windows 8.1.

There are many questions that have kept resurfacing along the way. What is the difference between 8 and 8.1? Should I go to Windows 7? Isn't there supposed to be something wrong with Windows 8? Will I have to change my email address? Can Kerr's transfer all of my software? Does it come with Word & Excel? Shouldn't I tidy my old files first? Will my photos still work? Will any viruses go across to the new computer? Will it work with my internet device?

So, let's try to dispel the confusion and myths as simply as possible.

There is very little difference between 8 and 8.1. All new computers are now coming with 8.1 from the get-go, however if you already have one with 8 then Microsoft is sending you messages and getting you to upgrade to 8.1 for free. This upgrade will take a long time and will require around three gigabytes of downloading.

If you are about to do this upgrade then allow a couple of hours for it to happen and don't interrupt the process. For the rest of this article I am going to simply refer to 8 or 8.1 as 8 -- there is little distinction between either.

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is their most powerful, robust, reliable and secure (their best yet) PC operating system. We are still selling some business laptops with 7 installed but with a license for 8 for later on -- this is still a good thing.

However, do not purchase a computer with only a Windows 7 license when that operating system is already four years old and Windows 8 is so much better -- unless you have to have 7 for some vitally important software that won't run on 8. …

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