Time to Upgrade Your Home PC to Windows 8?

aNewDomain.net—One of the most challenging issues for Windows users involves upgrades. With the release of Windows 8, there are lots of questions and concerns, not the least of which is about when or even if to upgrade. Answering the question in a professional setting can be a little more cut and dry than at home. Here’s some advice for those home users wondering about a Windows 8 upgrade.

When pressed with the question “When should I upgrade to Windows 8?” my response is typically short—when you replace your computer. At this point, if you’re going to purchase a new computer you will have a hard time finding Windows 7, though it can be done. However there are times when upgrading the operating system on an existing computer makes sense.

If your work place is running Windows 8, it makes sense to use it at home, too. The interface is different enough that having the same technologies at home and work helps you be more productive. Less time remembering where to go for a certain function translates into being able to focus on the more important tasks.

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If you have a touch-screen computer, be it a laptop or all-in-one desktop, you should definitely get Windows 8. The touch interface is finally a core component to the operating system, rather than a layer added afterwards. This improvement means touch on Windows 8 is a much better experience over Windows 7.

If you use programs that consume RAM heartily, and you run a workstation that can handle it, Windows 8 is better at handling more memory. Even the 64-bit version of Windows 7 is limited to 16GB of RAM. Windows 8 handles at least 128GB, depending on the version. Video editors and CAD users benefit in these situations.

If you have a Surface tablet, Windows Phone 8 or another computer with Windows 8, take the opportunity to unify your experience. Similar to the work-home reason above, having a single login with your data synchronized between devices is great.

Most computers with current hardware will see a performance improvement running Windows 8, especially with a solid state hard drive (SSD). If your computer is less than two years old, you are most likely in this category. After all, who doesn’t need better performance?

There are many other reasons why you might consider taking the plunge to upgrade to Windows 8, but this list covers the major ones. If none of these float your boat, do some research on the improved features, like Search, to see if any of them are compelling enough to get you to upgrade. If not, that’s okay. You’ll be in good company if you wait until your next computer for Windows 8.

Based in Vermont, Jeremy Lesniak is managing editor at aNewDomain.net and founder of Vermont Computing, Inc. and whistlekick.com Follow him @jlesniak or email him [email protected]

Jeremy Lesniak
Based in Vermont, Jeremy Lesniak is managing editor at aNewDomain.net and founder of Vermont Computing, Inc. and whistlekick.com. Email him [email protected]
Jeremy Lesniak
Jeremy Lesniak
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  • Henry

    If I am running windows XP and my computer is more than five years old can I update to windows 8 or 8.1. If so where would I get the update.