Coming Soon – Windows 7: What You Need to Know.

We have been writing occasional articles
on the upcoming release of Windows 7. As our last chance to write before
the October 22nd release date, we are here to fill you in on making the
upgrade from Windows XP (because most of us are still running it):

1) The upgrade from XP to 7 must be a "clean"
install. This means that you will have to restore backed-up data, reconfigure
your settings and preferences as well as re-install all of your applications.

2) Download the Windows
7 Upgrade Advisor
and have it
tell you exactly where your machine stands.

3) Take a look at the
different versions of Windows 7

to determine which one is for you. We are recommending the Professional
version for most of our clients.

4) The upgrade process will involve backup
and restoration assitance to help get your files onto your new operating

Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate allow
you to run Windows XP programs in "Windows XP Mode" for quality
performance, but if you wish for some reason to revert back to XP without
too much of a hassle, it is a good idea to
create a complete disk image
of your Windows XP machine before you perform the upgrade so you can just
copy it back to your hard-drive and have everything exactly as it was.
We provide small
business IT support
, and from all
of the testing we have done, this should actually be a good experience
for users. As long as your machine is fairly recent, you will find that
7 is every bit as good as XP and enhanced in many ways. Happy upgrading!

About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc. providing IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.