Upon its release in 2001 Windows XP quickly rose through the ranks to become a much-loved and hugely popular operating system. Released as the successor to Windows 2000 and Millennium Edition, XP was well known for its stability and user-friendly features, and at one time was used by as many as 76% of internet capable computers.
Sadly over a decade later it's time for us to say goodbye to this faithful friend. Microsoft are officially ending support for Windows XP SP3 on April 14th2014, after which there will be no more updates released for the OS and it will be time to upgrade your system.
As of April 2014 we will be saying goodbye to the classic XP desktop background
What does this mean for my company?
For most companies, in particularly those running a domain, there will be costs involved in upgrading your system. You must carefully think about the following points:
Are my computers powerful enough to run Windows 7?
Computers have come a long way since the release of XP; older computers which are capable of running XP may not have good enough hardware to support Windows 7. Here are the minimum system requirements for Windows 7 Professional:
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
To efficiently run Windows 7, we would personally recommend at least a 2GHz Dual Core Processor and 3 GB RAM for both desktop and laptops.
Is my software compatible with Windows 7?
There are way too many pieces of software for us to list so any software or devices you are certain you will need to keep can be checked for compatibility at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/
You can also scan your computer from the same website and any issues you may have with your upgrade will be flagged up.
Will my server support Windows 7 clients?
If your computers are on a domain your server will need to be running Windows Server 2008 for full functionality. If you have an earlier edition of Windows server you will lose the ability to run many Group Policy rules and all login scripts will not work.
If you require assistance with upgrading your machines and/or server feel free to give us a call on 0114 299 40 50 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org