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Is Windows 7 Professional Worth Upgrading To?

Updated on August 1, 2012

Windows 7 Professional

Alright, so I'm guessing you've probably heard of Vista. Microsoft hyped it up as the best thing ever made for computers and then it came out. It was horrible and those tricked into buying made sure to tell everyone how bad it was.

With all this negativity surrounding it you would think that Windows 7 would have to be bad wouldn't you? I thought it would turn out horrible. I was wrong.


One of the biggest problems with Vista was its performance problems. It was just slower than the other Operation Systems. Windows 7 doesn't have this problem.

One of the worst parts of owning a PC was starting it up. It takes forever just to get to the log in screen and then it takes even longer for everything to load. Microsoft seems to finally have figure out that people don't like long start ups and took some steps in the right direction.

After a short logo screen display you will just about instantly be thrown into the account selection screen. This start up happens surprisingly quick and shortly after you are inside of your account doing what you got on to do. Or just getting lost on the internet.

Program Compatability

Program compatibility may be a big concern for some people. We would all love to continue using the old programs that we paid for.

The good news is that there isn't much to worry about when it comes to program compatibility. Most programs that worked with Vista and XP will run perfectly. If you happen to have a program that isn't naturally compatible with Windows 7 you can right click it and set it to run in compatibility mode.

You can set programs to run in compatibility mode for Windows versions as old as Windows 95.

I have yet to have any program compatibility problems with my copy of 64 bit Windows 7 Professional.

Virus Protection

Virus protection is a major concern for all computer owners. Viruses can completely cripple your computer's ability to function correctly. They can also steal your personal information so that someone is able to steal your identity.

Don't worry though you're covered when it comes to virus protection when it comes to Windows 7. All major anti-virus companies have updated their software to be fully compatible with Windows 7.

So far I have had nothing but good experiences with Zone Alarm Extreme Security Suite. It detects viruses without even having to run a scan and the firewall with the best out there. Many major businesses use Zone Alarm's Firewall.

XP Mode

Windows XP mode is like having a whole second computer right on your machine with XP installed instead.

XP Mode allows you to start a "virtual machine" that is basically a whole second running instance of windows except it is in a minimize able window on your Windows 7 Desktop. So you will have both Windows 7 running and then Windows XP running in a window like the web browser you are reading this hub on.

This allows full backwards compatibility with XP software but is only available in the Windows 7 Professional edition and the Windows 7 Ultimate edition.

Back Up to Network

Back up to network is a new feature in Windows 7 that is only included in the Professional Edition and Ultimate Edition. It allows either the manual or automatic backing up of your hard drive and windows installation to your network servers.

Allowing you to automatically back up a computer to network servers simplifies a once complicated task for businesses and other networks to perform.

EFS aka Encrypting File System

EFS or Encrypting File System has been a part of the business versions of Windows since Windows 2000. As part of the Windows 7 line it is only available on the Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate editions.

EFS allows for systemfile-level encryption to be used on hard drives that use the NTFS file system format.

I'll explain this to those of you who don't understand. Normally when you want to encrypt a file you can encrypt just a single file, you have to encrypt the whole hard drive that it is stored on. With systemfile-level encryption users are able to encrypt just one single file or folder at a time in Windows 7 Professional.

The Verdict

I have been more than happy with my purchase of Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit.

One of the things that I liked the most about the upgrade was the increase in speed. Windows 7 runs many times faster than my old Windows XP operating system. Within a couple minutes of hitting the power button the computer has already started and I am in my account browsing the internet.

The program compatibility and wide range of virus protection available is also a major point. To me it seals the deal because I know if a purchase a Windows program it will run on Windows 7. I also know that my computer and personal information is safe from viruses and spyware.


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      Gatti 6 years ago

      Thank you Derdriu feedback is always appreciated.

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Gatti: What a compelling, logical, succinct discussion of the advantages of Windows 7 versus the drawbacks of Vista! It is most helpful and much appreciated the way in which you pinpoint the achievements inherent in 7, what with the abbreviated start-up and the effective program compatibility and virus protection.

      Thank you, etc.,