Windows XP to Windows 7 – The Difference Between the Various Versions


This year we are faced with another new type of operating system from Windows that we need to learn about. People everywhere are frantically trying to understand whatever they can about this system and whether it will mean anything different in their computing and working habits.

Windows XP will no longer be a choice in shops and stores; many users I know will carry on working with the older Operating System down to its much better performance when up against the last Windows release, Vista. So, which version is the best one and are there any real differences between XP, 7 and Vista?

Here is a rundown on Windows XP

October of 2001 saw the release of Windows XP; it very quickly became known as the most stable and the most popular of the Windows choices. Many people still use XP today. Modern programs do not seem to give them any better function so they refuse to go along with the winds of change. However if you really look at the new operating systems in comparison, you will see some very noticeable differences. For example the visual design was far simpler on XP; also the search features are far weaker than and not as integrated as the newer vista and 7.

Now a quick look at Windows Vista

In 2007 Vista was released, it added a multitude of features to the old Windows design; they were well heavy on the visual side of things trying to copy what made the Mac so popular. When it was first introduced.

Vista was full of bugs and was quite often found to be far more powerful than the computers it was installed on. The machines would be slowed down quite a lot by the resources it would be eating up. It was eventually stabilized with many updates, and it soon became known as the new standard for personal computers, delivering full 64 bit processor support, integrated search features, and plenty of advanced features which made it faster and simpler when carrying out familiar tasks.

And finally a look at Windows 7

Released in October of 2009 the newest Windows, as for gadgets there are quite a few less than you get with Vista, much less magic and wizardry, they have gone for a more effective, sleeker design. There are still a lot of the visual accessories from Vista, but they are not right there in front of you constantly. In addition, advanced technology is made use of in a much better way, for example multimedia integration and HDMI. It does not take up so many resources as the older versions of Windows. And so basically, it tends to be a good deal more stable.

Really, if you are thinking of buying a new PC after October 2009 you should think about upgrading to a Windows 7. The new line of computers will have a whole lot more new functions and run much smoother with the newer Windows operating system. Older computers that can only run XP will need to keep their old operating system. The new range of PCs is much better suited for Windows 7 than they ever were for Vista. Plus, the more user friendly, more stable design has already surpassed its forerunners in many ways with many functions. How the computing world will adapt to Windows 7 remains to be seen, but already it has been a lot better received than Vista was.

Just remember that no matter which version of Windows you have it needs to be properly maintained to stay at maximum performance.

Source by Steve A Newman