Archive for May, 2014

Now is not time to upgrade to Windows 8.

May 3, 2014

Why not? Because it is not as easy as they say it is. In the past few years there have been more changes to computer hardware and software than ever before. Here we are talking about Intel-based computers running a Windows operating system. This is not about Linux or Apple or Android based computers.

The Windows 7 operating system was first released in 2010. Later, it had a major revision in 2011. Also in that same year, Intel and others announced major revisions in the BIOS of a desktop computer. The new acronym is now UEFI. This is a new firmware design that controls how your computer starts up before it loads the operating system. It also improves the way the operating system will use the computer hardware. But why does that matter to you?

The short answer is, these new changes have made it difficult to do upgrades to your computer under some specific circumstances. To be more specific, it has to do with installing Windows 7 on a computer that has been either upgraded with either a new hard drive, a new graphics card or even a new motherboard.

Although Microsoft is aware of these problems, their current focus is on making improvements in the Windows 8 operating system and only supporting the Windows 7 operating system as needed to satisfy the needs of most users.

Users who wish to make upgrades to their computer are often not told by vendors of software and hardware that some new features now found in new computers and new hardware can make it very difficult to use Windows 7.

You want a specific example? Of course you do. Do a search on either Bing or Google for the following phrase: “Windows 7 upgrade fails.” (Do not include the quotation marks.)

Now all of this brings up another issue. What other problems are there that are not apparent or have been fully documented? These kind of things are embarrassing, both to Intel, Microsoft, plus the principal computer makers such as Acer, Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

So my recommendation is to not try to upgrade your computer at this time, unless you’re sure it is something very simple and will not cause a loss of your existing data and operating system.