Tags: computer software, software, a second operating system within windows 7
One of the main reasons why Windows XP users don't use Windows 7 is because it isn't XP. The main fear of users is that it might turn out the same way Vista did. Lot's of people are saying that it isn't Vista and it actually is better than XP but that still doesn't help a lot of users. So if time to install the OS isn't a problem and money isn't a problem, then I think that XP users should switch to Windows 7 because of the virtualization machine that you can download off the Microsoft website for your 7.
Basically the Virtualization machine can put an OS into your other OS.
The technicalities of it are a bit complicated but you can work the virtualized OS like a second operating system within Windows 7. You can work with it the way that you could normally work with an operating system. You can install and run programs on it, connect to the internet on it, save files on it; anything that you could normally do. If you're wondering where it saves everything, all you have to know is that the space that your virtual OS occupies is where everything goes. The only downside to this is that you have to operate it while it’s inside another Window, so it might bother you from time to time.
This might not be as useless as you think it is. I mean, you might ask yourself, why upgrade to 7 and use older applications for it rather than just use the older applications on your regular operating system? Like I said, as much as older applications can run on the latest version of Windows, people still feel the hurt of Vista not being able to use simple applications that could run on its predecessor. The only problem with this delicious add-on is that it needs specific system requirements that your computer might not have. But if you were running a small business where you already have computers that already use XP, then I suggest you don't do the upgrade while you're still not sure that it can support all the programs that you currently run. If all your application requirements can be met by Windows 7 then switching might be the best option for you. You will not only make yourself available for the next upgrade, whenever that may be, but you make your computers available to future programs that will run on 7. Regardless of that, you can also take advantage of the many improvements that are available on the OS.
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Jego Goldstein is a successful Computer Analyst who has been testing and developing software for many years. Learn how to master Microsoft Excel with this VIDEO COURSE . Click here for more information about Easy Excel Basics.