Microsoft: Reasons to upgrade from XP to Windows 7

In response to a query from my MVP collegue Vijay : “What exactly is the incentive for users to upgrade XP to 7? Is it purely gfx? I would honestly like to know what feature 7 offers that can’t be done either natively or via 3rd party software in XP”, Stephen Rose, Senior Community Manager with Microsoft had this to say to MSigeek:

“Windows XP was released back in 2001. Mobility was not key factor as it is now. Malware, spyware and rootkits were also not an issue like they are today.

As we all know, many of our users did not move to Windows Vista for a number of reasons, so many corporations stayed with Windows XP and through much work, have made it an excellent operating system for their end users.

With Windows 7, what is great is there is no one “killer feature”. It is the culmination of many features (some large, some small) that makes Windows 7 a great operating system. Most end users don’t want to know how it works; they just “want it to work.”

When a user gets a faster boot up, more batter life, jump lists to access documents faster, quicker connectivity to wireless, built in drivers to WiFi cards, search connectors to find internal and external resources, when they can drag a window to the right and have it automatically resize, when it comes out of sleep quickly and is ready to go and home groups so that home users can stream video, share photos or print to printers at the other end of their house with needing to be technical are all wins for the end user…

Sure, you can do some of this with XP, plug-ins and such. Who has that kind of time? Do I want to sit and create an image with 30 different tools that constantly require updating

This is the first OS from Microsoft in a long time that requires less hard drive space, RAM and Processor power than its predecessor. People are very excited. We are trying to make the best OS for many different types of users from consumers and students to tech enthusiasts to developers and IT pros of all ages.”

Read more at MSigeek.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.


  1. Thanks for the re-post Anand., Its a great way to spread the word.!!

    We know this particular OS deserves more respect.!!


  2. Deborah Swanson

    This all sounds great for mobile, WiFi, and laptop users. But if you just want networked desktops and don’t have, do or need any of that other stuff, the only benefit I see is a few networking improvements. But I got my networking needs in XP worked out many years ago, as did most other networking XP users. Maybe Windows 7 is full of big plusses for newbies who have or want all the toys, but for me (and others like me), not so much. Not enough to spend all that money and do all that work.

  3. Jonas

    The single biggest reason to upgrade from XP to 7 is the amazing glass-like user interface.

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