If you're planning on upgrading your office PCs, here are a few tips to consider:
- Many new PCs now come with Windows 7 installed on them. You won't find any Windows XP computers. Don't assume that it's "easy" to install Windows XP on every PC running Windows 7. In many cases, you'll find that it's quite a headache.
- If you're buying a PC, check to see if it's running Windows 7 (32-bit) vs. Windows 7 (64-bit). There are still Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems that are not compatible with 64-bit software. Plus, your older peripherals (like printers and scanners) may not work if your computer is running 64-bit software. Fortunately, it's relatively "easy" to install 32-bit software over 64-bit software, but you'll need to have access to Windows 7 disks.
- Finally, consider purchasing an all-in-one PC instead of a traditional desktop + monitor combination. These all-in-one PCs will save space in your office. Plus, a number of them come with touch-screen options.
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