Recently, Hilltop sent a notice out to clients advising them of the Windows XP End of Life date. Hilltop strongly recommends replacing any computer running Windows XP from your business network. This information was also shared on the Hilltop Blog.
Some clients have asked whether or not they should upgrade their computers that are running Windows XP to Windows 7, instead of replacing the computers altogether.
Hilltop does not recommend upgrading computers that are running Windows XP, unless the computers have the Windows 7 logo or a Windows 7 Certificate of Authenticity (COA) on their case. If the computers have this logo or COA, that means that the the Windows XP downgrade option was selected when the computer was purchased, and that Windows 7 was an option at the time of purchase.
If the computer does not have this logo, it is likely that it is too old, too slow, and if hardware has not already started to fail, it soon will.
Upgrading instead of replacing seems like it should save your business money, but in reality, it does not. The amount of time it takes to upgrade a computer from Windows XP to Windows 7 will increase the cost of upgrading and also impact the productivity of the end user that is waiting for their upgrade.
New computers ship with faster processors, more memory, and better hard drives than those that shipped with Windows XP. Upgrading your computers will allow your employees to be more productive. Your office will have greater security and stability.
Windows XP has served us all well over the past 10 years. It is time to let it retire with dignity.