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Posts Tagged ‘windows 7’

PC’s and Windows XP – headed for the trash heap?

April 1st, 2012 Comments off

Many people believe that with the advent of tablet computers and increasingly sophisticated smartphones, that the good old PC is soon to become extinct.  A survey, although quite unscientific, that was conducted by the folks at, seems to say the opposite.

In response to the statement “My PC accounts for ____% of my computing time”, the following results were tallied:

  • 0 to 20% – 4% of readers
  • 20% to 40% – 5% of readers
  • 40% to 60% – 8% of readers
  • 60% to 80% – 18% of readers
  • 80% to 100% – 57% of readers
  • I don’t own a PC – 3% of readers
  • I use mine for a footstool – 2% of readers

So, it seems that at least for now, the PC remains the mainstay of the computing world. 

For devotees of the much beloved Windows XP though, the opposite may be true.  According to Net Applications, an Internet metrics firm, the use of Windows XP dropped to 45.4% of all operating systems this February, while Windows 7 has increased it’s share to 38.1%, and is on track to take the lead from XP in June of this year.  Although XP users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8, set for release this fall, it is expected that most business users will choose to upgrade to Windows 7 rather than make the jump to the new touch screen capable interface of Windows 8 and incur the cost of the additional employee training it requires.

Given that Microsoft will stop producing security updates and offering support for Windows XP in April 2014, it is highly recommended, especially for businesses, that XP users upgrade to Windows 7 this year. If you are running applications designed specifically for XP, the upgrade should be to either the Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate Editions, due to their support of XP Mode (XP running in a virtual machine). It is not guaranteed that Windows 8 will offer that capability.

For a limited time, Small Business Technology Solutions is offering a free assessment of your current workstation configurations, and a 15% discount on the installation cost of any upgrade to Windows 7.  Contact us today to schedule a visit!

Windows 7 RC Direct Download Links

May 7th, 2009 Comments off

The download manager that Microsoft is using for the RC downloads is crashing under the load, so here are the direct download links to the Windows 7 RC1 iso’s. You must be logged into the Microsoft site with your Live ID for these links to work!


32Bit :

64Bit :

You will still need to go through the Microsoft website to get keys, but you should be able to download the iso with this link. Please let us know if you have any problems.