XP to Vista to Windows 7 or XP to Windows 7?

April 12, 2009

Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans is regularly asked by Microsoft XP business and XP home users if they should upgrade from XP to Vista or wait until the release of Windows 7 and upgrade from XP to Windows 7. In the humble opinion of Onsite Computer, the answer is ‘it depends.’ If security is an important concern for your PCs, please consider the following:

According to Microsoft, Vista is more secure than XP. The infection rate for Windows Vista is significantly lower than that of its predecessor, Windows XP, in all configurations. Comparing the latest service packs for each version, the infection rate of Windows Vista SP1 is 60.6 percent less than that of Windows XP SP3.
Comparing the RTM versions of these operating systems, the infection rate of the RTM version of Windows Vista is 89.1 percent less than that of the RTM version of Windows XP.
The higher the service pack level, the lower the rate of infection. This trend can be observed consistently across client and server operating systems. There are two reasons for this:
Service packs include all previously released security updates. They can also include additional security features, mitigations, or changes to default settings to protect users.
Users who install service packs generally maintain their computers better than users who do not install service packs and may also be more cautious in the way they browse the Internet, open attachments, and engage in other activities that can open computers to attack.

According to Microsoft, Windows 7 includes a plethora of security improvements to Windows Vista. The following list provides links to more information about new security features in Windows 7 and changes to security features and technologies from Windows Vista:
Changes in the ActiveX Installer Service
Changes in BitLocker Drive Encryption
Changes in EFS
Changes in Kerberos Authentication
Changes in NTLM Authentication
Changes in Security Auditing
Changes in User Account Control
Introducing AppLocker
Introducing Compliance to Suite B Cryptography
Introducing Enhanced Storage Access
Introducing Extensions to the Negotiate Authentication Package
Introducing Managed Service Accounts
Introducing Online Identity Integration
Introducing PKU2U in Windows
Introducing Smart Card Plug and Play
Introducing the Restriction of NTLM Authentication
Introducing the Windows Biometric Service
Introducing TLS v1.2

The good news is Microsoft will offer both XP as well as Vista users an upgrade path to Windows 7. Consider your situation. If you want the whole story on upgrading and compatibility with your present Microsoft business system, contact Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service

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