Effective Ways to Address Negative Reviews on Yelp

Yelp has become the most popular business review site on the Internet. Most people today are relying on Yelp to determine the credibility of local businesses like restaurants, auto repair shops, real estate brokers, etc. Yelp is known as the most trusted source for local business reviews because of its strict standards. Yelp uses filters that can effectively figure out fake and false reviews thus makes it difficult to crack. This is the reason why people tend to believe the reviews posted on the site.

Good reviews are always beneficial for the small business owners. On the flip side negative reviews bother them. If the reviews are not genuine, it’s even more painful. Though no one can control the reviews on Yelp, by following some practices small business owners can at least neutralize the effect of negative reviews. Here are a few effective ways to address negative reviews on Yelp.

Update your account
Claim your business before you are planning to do anything on your Yelp account. This includes claiming that you are the owner of the business listed on Yelp, updating your location, contact address, profile photo, etc., so that the account looks genuine.

Responding to negative comments
If you have any negative comments on your business, you need to handle them carefully, because your every action will be monitored by people who came to read reviews on your business. Respond to the negative comments as follows.

  • Apologize publicly, and then try to resolve the issue by reaching the customer privately.
  • Be honest and open how the mistake was made, and communicate clearly what you have done to correct it.
  • Take some steps to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
  • After the problem is solved, ask the customer for a positive review.

Minimizing the effect of negative comments
Your overall rating on Yelp will be the average of all your ratings – both negative and positive. So one of the best and easiest things that you can do is get high ratings and positive reviews.

  • Ask customers who are satisfied with your service to give positive reviews. Out of fifty positive reviews, having one or two negative reviews will impact very less on your business.
  • Communicate through the social media sites like Facebook, and Twitter with your fans and ask for reviews on Yelp.
  • If you have your customer email database, send a formal email to your customers for a review.
  • Give out something to customers or display something at your business premises to encourage reviews.

Responding topositive reviews is also a good practice. The reviewers feel happy when you thank for their review.

Responding to false reviews
If there is any false review on your business, the best practice is to respond to it publicly. Explain why the review is false. Make sure that you are responding firmly and politely.

Preventing positive reviews from getting filtered
To avoid false, fake and spam reviews, Yelp uses some automated filters. Remember not all the filtered reviews are fake or spam. Sometimes similar reviews also get filtered. Yelp tries to display the most helpful messages on the main page. However, if you feel like most of your positive reviews are getting filtered, here are tips to prevent it.

  • – Ask customers and other people to vote the reviews as “useful”
  • – Add reviewers as friends
  • – Send a message to the reviewer
  • – Respond to all reviews
  • – If an individual wrote a review for the first time on Yelp, it is likely to get filtered. So, ask your customers to write more detailed reviews, rather than simply writing good place, friendly staff, etc.

What you cannot do on Yelp

  • – You cannot ask Yelp to remove the negative reviews on your business
  • – You cannot ask Yelp to display the positive reviews on your business
  • – Your business listing from Yelp cannot be deleted

What not to do on Yelp

  • – Don’t ask a large number of people to give reviews for your business on a same day
  • – Don’t give reviews from same IP address

Top 10 Personality Development Books for SMB Owners

Running a small business is challenging. It needs not only business acumen but also a congenial personality of the owner. SMB owners need to deal with groups with diverse business outlooks. They include, customers, vendors, service providers and the like. It is important that SMB owners have good personal disposition to meet these challenges.

The following are the ten best books which can help to the small and medium business owners to develop personally and to implement in the business to get better results.

How to Win Friends and Influence People – by Dale Breckenridge Carnegie
This is one of the first bestselling self-help book ever published. The core principles in the book tells about the basic techniques in handling people, ways to make people like you and win them to your way of thinking, change the people arousing resentment or giving offense as a leader, and miraculous results with letters. This book will help to improve your personality as a business owner. It is very important for a small business owner to get out of a mental rut, getting new ambitions, visions and thoughts to keep running your business. Making the stakeholders friends quickly and easily makes you to run the operations smoothly. The book contains guidelines for these.

As a Man ThinkethJames Allen
This is just a forty pages book and can prove you more value than a three hundred pages book. It is easy to read in a sing sitting. The main theme of the book is you can control your circumstances by controlling your thoughts. It looks like simple in the beginning, but is a hardest task to implement. This book does not give you any specific exercises. It inspires you to find your own way to control it. Proper thinking will helpful in taking the wise decisions as well it will reflect your way of leadership.

Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell
The book explains the factors that create successful people. The author emphasizes hard work, knowledge, skills are required for success. Environment is another factor that influences the one’s success. Essentially we must look beyond the individual merit. These are cultural legacies, birthplace, community, one’s upbringing, parents occupation, friends and family. Understanding these can be helpful in recruiting new people into your organization.

Think and Grow RichNapoleon Hill
The title expresses what this book deals as how to get rich. This is the research on a large number of people those who are achieved great wealth during their lifetime. The explanations of philosophy taught can help you to succeed in all the lines of work. This philosophy was developed based on the characteristics of those achievers. The main topics of this book explains on desire, faith, autosuggestion, specialized knowledge, imagination, organized planning, decision, persistence, power of the master mind, subconscious mind, brain and the sixth sense.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a business and self-help book. By changing your habits, you can change your life. To change your habits you must change the way of seeing the world. The seven habits in this book explained by the author are being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win, seeking first to understand then to be understood, synergizyging and sharpening the saw. These seven habits can be divided into independence, interdependence, and continuous improvement.

Personal Development for Smart PeopleSteve Pavlina
The author explains about seven universal growth principles. They are all applied independently and all are connected. These can apply in area of life, like spiritual development, health, relationships, finances, careers, habits and others. The book is broke down into fundamental principles and the practical applications. The fundamental principles are truth, love, power, oneness, authority, courage and intelligence. The practical applications are habits, career, money, health, relationships, and spirituality.

Strengths finder 2.0Tom Rath
Most learning programs are attempting to help people become what they are not. However, this book says that the key to development is improved on what the people are. According to a 2001 study, the Gallup organization developed a 34 strength themes, based on which the personality of of one can be judged. The book is a simple guide on developing these strengths.

Awaken the giant within Anthony Robbins
This book guides you to take immediate control of your emotional, mental, financial and physical destiny. Each chapter in this book is on the power of decision, importance of goal setting, change, to be the master of your life, challenging your belief system, emotions and the body language.

Unlimited powerTony Robbins
In this book, Tony Robbins teaches you many Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) patterns and techniques. The techniques include removing habit or any similar fact that is holding you back. The book details how to use sub-modalities and NLP, to change your beliefs and to get motivated.

Feel the fear and do it anywaySusan J. Jeffers
Many people have fears. The fears might be because of ending a relationship, losing a loved one, driving, aging, being alone, making decisions, asserting you, public speaking. Regardless of anxieties, this book will give your insight and tools to immensely improve your abilities to handle any situation.

SMB owners should read these books. These books help them to get a broad perspective on the business world, which helps them do business optimally. (more…)

Small Businesses Recruiting Challenges and How to Overcome Them

In the US, small and medium-sized businesses are the principal source of employment. SMBs employ more than 50% of workforce and generate more than half of the nation’s GDP. When it comes to recruitment, finding skilled employees is a barrier for small businesses. In this article, we will discuss some of the recruiting challenges faced by small businesses.

  • Finding a skilled candidate: According to the survey conducted by Robert Half, 60% of SMBs are facing difficulty in finding skilled candidates. This is because skilled candidates are demanding high pay and for SMBs, it is difficult to afford. If small businesses are unable to hire skilled candidates the other alternative is to hire unskilled candidates and train them. But, some of these unskilled candidates get trained properly in your company and after a period of time they switch to a bigger organization.
  • – How to overcome this situation?
    SMBs should create better career opportunities for employees working in their organization. They should clearly define the benefits to the candidates for working with their organization. This will help them to hire skilled ones.
  • Maintaining employee morale and productivity: Employee morale is important, as it directly affects the organization’s productivity. The reason may be because of complex HR policies, not accepting responsibility for mistakes, setting impossible goals, threatening their jobs, improper performance of management systems, poor economic conditions, etc.
  • – How to overcome this situation?
    Maintain an open-door policy for the employees. This enables them to share their concerns and questions with the management. Conduct regular staff meetings to ask them questions like how they are finding the workplace, whether they are facing any issue. If you think their concerns are reasonable and valid, take necessary actions to solve them as quickly as possible.
  • One or two people managing everything: In SMBs, one or two people take care of all employee related activities, which is not a good idea. In fact the need for people in HR department is more because they are the ones that search for suitable candidates, they do all the administration related work, manages and maintains employee wage and benefit programs, etc. With all this work load, they fail to manage the gap between the employer and the employees.
  • – How to overcome this situation?
    As a small business owner, you should identify the job requirements for specific HR position, then describe roles and responsibilities accordingly. If the job description is not adequately conveying the position’s requirement or if it is too broad, the candidate will be confused and will not be able to carry out the work properly. You can also contact a recruiting agency to find an ideal candidate for the job opening.
  • Improper infrastructure for recruitment: HR department is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing high skilled employees in the organization. But without a proper recruitment infrastructure, it would be difficult for the organization to do this. The reasons may be lack of skilled or experienced HR team, not maintaining proper applicant tracking system or the lack of sources to attract targeted candidates.
  • – How to overcome this situation?
    Maintain a skilled HR team. Have a proper applicant tracking system and proper sources to do the recruitment process efficiently and effectively will help in hiring the right candidate.
  • Top officials not involving in recruiting process: With SMB owners and its top officials having the charge of focusing on core business activities, they have little time to spend with the HR team to discuss issues relating hiring of candidates. They just inform the concerned HR about the requirement and sometimes the HR team is not able to choose the right candidate.
  • – How to overcome this situation?
    If you want skilled employees in your organization, then you need to allocate some time with the HR department to discuss the issues on how to choose a candidate. This will improve the quality of the recruitment.
  • Poor cultural fit: Employers should look into two aspects while recruiting a candidate. First, whether the candidate is having the capabilities of building the organization. Second, whether the candidate will fit into the organizations culture. Most SMBs do not consider this quality of the the candidates. It will negatively impact on the organization.
  • – How to overcome this situation?
    To overcome this situation, you need to hire a candidate on a temporary contract. In the first few weeks of joining your organization, monitor the candidates performance such as how he/she is behaving, work ethics, attitude, etc. After the completion of contract period, based on the employees performance you can reduce the probation period or make him/her a permanent employee.

It is not that there is lack of qualified candidates or shortage of talent. The challenge here is to come up with some new ideas that will attract talent and retain candidates. Small businesses should get rid of old processes that are ineffective in hiring candidates and should change the way they search for skilled candidates. (more…)

Importance of Having Exempt Employees for Small Business Success

Hardworking employees are one of the biggest and strongest assets of every successful company. When it comes to small businesses, the role of such employees becomes even more crucial due to the availability of limited resources.

Employees in critical roles like executive, administrative and professional are important for small businesses success because people in those roles perform crucial duties in the organization such as managing the business, framing and executing important management policies and performing non-manual tasks that require independent judgment and discretion.

For a small business to reach its goals in less time, they need employees in crucial roles to work hard at least during the initial years of the business, or during project delivery time. If the employees in these roles are enrolled under regular employee, according to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), they are entitled for minimum wage and overtime pay, which is one and half times the regular rate of pay.

This kind of laws not only prevent the companies to discourage long working hours, but also make it difficult for the company to achieve its objectives on time.

Exempt Employee Act
To prevent such instances, you can make use of ‘Exempt Employee Act’ under which FLSA provides exemption from both minimum wage and overtime pay for employees who are employed as bona fide executive, administrative, professional and outside sales roles. A few sections under the act also exempt certain computer employees.

Eligibility for exempt employee status
Job title alone do not determine exempt status. For an employee to get qualified they should pass certain tests with respect to their job profile and salary according to Department’s regulation. Though job profile varies from one job to other, a common rule is exempt employees should be paid on salary basis and the minimum salary should not be less than $455 per week.

Only for ‘white collar’ employees
According to FLSA, only ‘white collar’ employees who satisfy the job profile and salary tests become eligible for exemption. The exemptions do not apply to ‘blue collar’ workers who do manual labor whose work involves repetitive tasks with their hands, skill and energy like that of employees in production, construction, maintenance fields and in occupations such as carpenters, mechanics, plumber, etc. These employees are entitled only for minimum wage and overtime pay.

The Act is also not applicable for employees in various public service departments like Police, Fire Fighters, Paramedics and other First Responders.

Benefits of having exempt employees
Exempt employees in the afore mentioned roles can enjoy a more flexible work environment than non-exempt employees, who typically finish their work in the scheduled shift.

  • – FLSA prohibits the employer from requiring the exempt employees to “punch a clock” or work in a particular schedule, or make up the time lost because of absences. So, whenever required, the employee can stretch extra hours, work on weekdays and holidays.
  • – At the same time, the department also doesn’t limit the work an employer can expect or require from an employee.

How exempt employees make you win?
Back in 1987, Amgen, an American multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in California was ready with its breakthrough product – all the background work was done – the invention, testing, trails, everything is done and the product is ready. Only thing pending is the approval from FDA. But before applying for approval, they need to document the details. Otherwise the approval gets postponed just like what happened with another biotech company, Genentech.

But documenting is not a small process. They need to prepare a detailed report which typically contains 1000s of pages, which takes a great effort and long time. Within this span of time, any of their competitors may secure the approval. So, there were two challenges before them – one was to prepare the report with perfection and other was to submit it before anybody else.

For this the Amgen FDA application team that started its work at their office soon shifted to Simi Valley to avoid unnecessary distractions. At that point of time, nothing was more important for them except the challenges, so they became “Simi Valley Hostages.”

All the employees in the team would work in the morning, have a brief lunch break, would work till 6.00 p.m. After a short dinner break they worked in the night. The schedule repeats until the close of the project. This way they worked for 93 continuous days without any personal life and finally created a 19,578 page document, shipped it off to FDA, and got approval.

Imagine how tough it would be for the company if the team of employees are non-exempt. The point we are trying to drive home is you may face such challenges in your business. For small businesses, deadline for a project delivery is a challenge. Unless you have hardworking, committed team who are exempt, you will not be able to deliver results on time.

If you are still having non-exempt employees in key roles, better late than never, convert them into exempt and leverage the talent effectively. (more…)

Top 10 Marketing Books for Small Businesses

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~ Charles W. Eliot

Unlike big business owners, small business owners have the burden of taking care of every single aspect of their organization from recruitment to marketing, finance to accounts, managing employees to managing vendors, etc. We will discuss on managing all these aspects in this website. But here we focused only on books that can help you gain marketing knowledge and skills – you don’t need to have a marketing degree. Here are the top 10 books on marketing.

Book # 1: The New Rules of Marketing & PR – David Meerman Scott
“The New Rules of Marketing & PR” authored by David Meerman Scott has sold more than 300,000 copies in 25 languages. In this book, David provides fresh examples of success from various industries and businesses across the world. He highlighted the new tools and techniques that marketers should use to communicate with their buyers directly – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. In short, it is a guide that offers actionable strategies and insider tips that can be implemented immediately.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Paperback – $16.55
    • Kindle – $6.78

Book # 2: Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking, Revised Edition – Andy Sernovitz
In this book, Andy Sernovitz helps businesses understand the real purpose of blogs, social media, viral emails, etc. – when to use them and how to make them work. Because word of mouth works well with this environment as people share information quickly and easily.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Paperback – $11.42
    • Kindle – $6.53

Book # 3: Guerrilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business – Jay Conrad Levinson
This book describes strategies for Internet marketing, tips on using technology like pod-casting and automated marketing, programs for targeting prospect, cultivating repeat, referral business, management lessons in the age of telecommuting and freelance employees, etc.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Paperback – $11.17

Book # 4: Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide – John Jantsch
John Jantsch is a renowned small business marketing guru. In this book, he combined all the proven tools and tactics together in a step-by-step marketing system. This road map helps the small business owners in knowing what exactly they need to do to market and to grow their business.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Paperback – $12.05
    • Kindle – $7.77

Book # 5: Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-Free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business – David Siteman Garland
This book provides complete road-map for building, marketing and promoting the business by utilizing the new techniques. Smarter, Faster, Cheaper will save your time and money of your business.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Hardcover – $17.04
    • Kindle – $16.19

Book # 6: Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed: Leverage Resources, Establish Online Credibility and Crush Your Competition – Patrick Schwerdtfeger
This book provides effective strategies and tactics – complete tool kit to utilize maximum resources, to establish online credibility and how to crush competition. If you apply these strategies, you can get quick results for your business.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Hardcover – $15.22
    • Kindle – $12.12

Book # 7: Ultimate Small Business Marketing Guide – James Stephenson
This book is an essential reference guide for every business owner. In this book, James Stephenson has packed 1500 great marketing ideas that guarantees to boost your sales revenue, profits and customer loyalty and also to stay ahead of your competitors.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Kindle – $11.42

Book # 8: Web Marketing for Small Businesses: 7 Steps to Explosive Business Growth – Stephanie Diamond
Previously marketing against big businesses was tough for small businesses, but now it is a level playing field. Web marketing shows how to take advantage of marketing opportunities and win new customers. This book focuses you to think in different ways about marketing issues with a detailed road-map to put them into action. The main content of the book comprises checklists – niche, brand, story, search, content, social media tactics, traditional tactics and results. Once you have finished reading this book, you are ready to implement web marketing strategies.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Paperback – $18.36

Book # 9: Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (And Other Social Networks)
This book is a key to unlock the door to new opportunities. It tells about how to build brand popularity by engaging customers in social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Hardcover – $18.80
    • Kindle – $10.69

Book # 10: 500 Social Media Marketing Tips: Essential Advice, Hints and Strategy for Business: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and More!
This book is like a guide which provides 500 social media marketing tips covering all the web’s biggest players like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube and others. These tips will help you on how to build brand in social media networks, how to attract and engage your customers and to increase sales.

  • Amazon Price –
    • Hardcover – $9.10
    • Kindle – $3.78

How safe are you browsing with Firefox?

Mozilla Firefox is a popular browser used by millions of Internet users all around the world. The coolest feature of Mozilla Firefox is its compatibility to add more and more plugins and enable yourself with advanced browsing.

However, we need to update our plugins as soon as a new version is available. Updates of these plugins will not only cover new features of the plugin, but also will address some vulnerability to security threats during browsing. Many people ignore it as it takes little time (a matter of no more than 2 minutes) for the plugin to update and restart the browser. This increases their risk to security threats online like malware, viruses, botnets, etc.

How to check if your plugin is up-to-date? Just click here or copy paste this URL in your browser https://www-trunk.stage.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/.

The window that opens will let you know the status of your plugin.

  • Green indicates that your plugin is up-to-date.
  • Yellow indicates outdated but without known vulnerabilities.
  • Red indicates that the plugin is known to have security holes and is outdated.
  • Don’t worry about the Grey colored plugin.

Update your plugin frequently for safe and better browsing.

Things to Consider Before Choosing Right Type of Business

Everyone wants to start and work on their own to earn money, but they don’t know what type of business to choose, how to start and how to achieve it. If you are planning to start a business, it is significant to consider some points before choosing the right type of business, because it directly affects your tax payments, administrative tasks, business risks and development.

It will become much easier for you to start the right business when you know exactly what you are looking for. Generally, you should go for business which gives you most protection and least obligations, otherwise you may loose control on it. If you make a smarter choice of doing business that you are aware of then you will find it enjoyable, fulfillment, greater control, and you can make reasonably profit from it.

In this article, we will discuss how to choose right type of business.

Choose a business from a familiar industry
The best way to start a business is to do something which you are passionate about or interested in. Start a business that will stand in the long run, you need to choose a business that suits your nature and your lifestyle, so that you will not only be successful, but you will also enjoy doing it. You will stand much better for making a sale when you believe in what you are marketing or selling. During tough times, you can even fight to overcome difficulties.

Suppose you don’t have any experience or knowledge of what type of business to do, there are chances of business failure. Choosing a known business has many benefits because you can use your knowledge about the specific industry, your training skills, your network of contacts who might help you find finances, suppliers and customers.

Before making a choice on which business to start, be sure that you are not falling into a trap of starting a business just because someone has advised you or because someone is making huge profits from a particular business.

Analyze the market and evaluate the risks
When you start business with your own individual interests, it is necessary to make sure that your business represents a entrepreneurial opportunity. So analyze and study the market, whether it is moving towards a real need. Conduct survey through direct or online means and ask people about their wants and needs. By doing this, you can evaluate your strengths, weaknesses and where you may face risks, so that you will be prepared to find a solution.

Know your customers and competitors
Without customers, there is no business. So your business should be according to the needs and desires of potential customers. Every business in the market has competitors. Some competitors are ruthless and unpredictable because they can do anything to match or beat you in offering products to customers at lower price. You should know who your customers and competitors are and what are their capabilities, so that you can prepare well and come up with a better marketing strategy.

Choosing products/services that can bring good ROI
When you want to start a business, choose a product or service according to the needs of potential customers, so that you will get a good return on investment (ROI) to your business. ROI tells business owners about the profits gained from their investments. The overall ROI for an enterprise is sometimes used as a tool to grade how well a company is doing.

Business financing requirements
Finally, you have to consider whether you need any funding requirements at present or in future for your business. If you don’t want to raise money or others to get involved in your business, choose something that you can grow solely, without any third-party funding. So start small and let the business provide revenues for the operational and growth capital you need. Small businesses need less capital than others. For example consulting businesses require a business card and some basic marketing materials to start.

It is helpful to consider all these points before plunging into business and invest your time and effort to choose the right path. This will ultimately helps you start up a successful business.
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Should I Migrate to Windows 7?

Windows 7 OS is scheduled to be available to the public market in just over a month. There are many doubts and apprehensions about the capability of this OS as its earlier version Vista is a failure. It seems Microsoft has given enough weight this time to what the Windows users really wanted – a simpler and friendly OS. Windows 7 has some novel features while improving the older ones. Moreover, some flop features in Vista are removed from Windows 7 to improve the performance.

There are some advantages along with disadvantages of opting to Windows 7. The following information may help you in deciding whether you really need to upgrade to Windows 7-

Reasons to switch to Windows 7

  1. Application compatibility can be achieved by “Windows XP mode” by running virtual windows XP machine.
  2. Windows live essentials: It is a free software that make possible to do more things like instant messaging, e-mail, photo editing, and blogging.
  3. Improved search operation performance, as results will come instantly as categorized in groups. Moreover, key words are highlighted enabling easy file identification.
  4. Supports 64-bit PC that can handle huge amounts of information than a 32-bit system.
  5. Power management can be efficiently done by new features such as, running less number of background activities, automatic screen dimming, unused ports are not run and life indicator to battery.
  6. Multi touch technology allows to use more than one finger while operating the touch screen either at application level or system level.
  7. Protect files with features such as “Use Bit Locker” and “Bit Locker To Go”
  8. Continuous access to corporate resources with a broadband connection. No need to get a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.
  9. The feature “Domain Join” allows to connect multiple PCs, with or without a server.
  10. Supports 35 languages. So, you can easily switch among them by logging off, again logging on. Moreover, it supports handwriting recognition.
  11. System startup, shutdown and resumes are faster.
  12. Appearance of the desktop has improved by including fresh wallpapers, retooled task bar and improved gadgets
  13. Easy data sharing between two or more PCs by using “Share with” option.
  14. Windows 7 can read larger than 131 GB hard drive (unfragmented).
  15. Upgrading Vista to Windows7 will get 223% better performance while running IE8.
  16. In Action Center you can find information you need regarding system maintenance, trouble shooting, security issues etc.

Reasons to avoid Windows7

  1. Older PCs doesn’t have hardware compatibility to achieve ‘Windows XP mode’.
  2. Windows7 provides less battery life to the notebooks than Windows XP.
  3. Need to do clean install if you want to upgrade from XP to Windows7.
  4. If you’re an XP user you need to learn a new user interface.
  5. Runs the browser 11.5% slower than Windows XP.
  6. Requires high configuration like Vista.
  7. Very expensive to buy.

Comparison of System Requirements:

Requirement Windows7 Vista Windows XP
Processor 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor 223MHz CPU
RAM 1GB(32bit)/2GB(64bit) At least 1GB 128MB
Available disk space for OS installing 16GB(32bit)/20GB(64bit) 15GB 1.5GB

These descriptions and features will help you in learning ins and outs of Windows 7. Windows 7 has fixes to the drawbacks in Vista and it is desirable to move to the new OS. For the XP users, you may need to think twice before moving to Windows 7. Ultimately it is you to decide based on your computer usage and requirements.

PS: Click: “http://power-posts.com/2009/09/should-i-migrate-to-windows-7/” to view the the original context of this post.

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