By Charles Leaver

Hardware Realities When Migrating to Windows 7 (Part 1)

Currently an estimated 41 percent of the world’s 1.5 billion PCs run Windows XP.  In other words, in the near term, many businesses are still working on their Windows XP to Windows 7 transition plan, let alone thinking about moving to Windows 8.

Managing system resources on enterprise endpoints has never been more important for system administrators than during the planning and implementation stages of migrating users to Windows 7 from XP or Vista. New major upgrades of operating systems have historically required higher minimum system requirements. Windows 7 continues this tradition of compounding hardware demand with each generation – NT at 1X, W2k at 2X, XP at 16X, Vista at 32X, Windows 7 at 64X.  The reality is that Windows 7 demands a faster processor, more memory, and better graphics to do the same job XP did with much less. Windows and applications written on it have expanded at a faster rate then Moore’s Law which is applicable on the hardware side only, therefore the operating system and the applications that run on it only increase in their appetite for fixed system resources.


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