3 Reasons To Upgrade To Windows 8

From better mobility to improved System Restore and built-in antivirus control, here are three good reasons why you should consider upgrading to Windows 8.

With each new version of Windows, an inevitable question arises: Should you upgrade or should you stay on the sidelines for a while? While there s no simple answer to that question, Small Business Computing offers several good reasons to embrace Windows 8.

Why the Windows 8 Operating System is a Good Choice

From better mobility to improved System restore and built-in antivirus control, here are three good reasons why you should consider upgrading to Windows 8:

1. Windows to Go Offers Better Mobility

Businesses that opt for Windows 8 Enterprise can avail themselves of Windows to Go, a feature that enables a self-contained, secure and customizable Windows 8 environment to run on a portable USB flash drive. Windows to Go can be extremely useful in a number of different scenarios, from allowing contract and remote workers to access corporate applications and data from personal PCs (rather than having to issue them company-owned hardware), to giving in-office workers greater mobility by not tying them down to a particular PC.

2. Faster System Recovery

System Restore can sometimes fix problems by rolling the computer back to an earlier system configuration, but often the only surefire way to cure a PC of serious maladies is to start over from scratch with a fresh copy of Windows. With Windows 8, things are considerably simpler and quicker. Windows 8’s PC Refresh feature will in slightly less than 10 minutes automatically reinstall a clean copy of Windows 8 while preserving personal data, key system settings, and Windows 8-compatible apps. For technical reasons, you will still have to install pre-Windows 8 programs after the refresh, but a list of such software is saved for you so you don t have to compile it.

3. Windows 8 has Built-in Anti-Virus

The Windows Defender that ships with Windows 8 offers the same full-fledged virus and malware protection you get with Microsoft’s well-regarded Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), without the need to download or install additional anti-virus software. (Plus, it s truly free, because although MSE is free to download for personal use, the license agreement limits its use by small businesses to a maximum of 10 PCs.)

Read the complete article: Windows 8: Time to Upgrade?

This article was originally published on January 29, 2013

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