Slow Corporate Upgrades to Windows 7 (The Windows 7 Whopper)Is your organization getting busy with Windows 7 upgrades and installations? Probably not, says Tech Republic. At its recent Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft said 74 percent of business computers are currently running Windows XP, which pretty much confirms it was an accepted best practice simply to avoid Vista. The software giant's data also shows the average PC is 4.4 years old, the oldest it's been in over a decade. CEO Steve Ballmer says Microsoft will ship 350 million copies of Windows 7 licenses by the end of this year, so there must be interest out there in jumping from XP to Windows 7, an upgrade that reportedly usually goes quite well, assuming the computer in question isn't woefully underpowered. Tech Republic ran its own poll and found that 55 percent of respondents plan to upgrade to Windows 7, and 54 percent have computers from two to four years old. Thirty seven percent said their computers were more than four years old. Meanwhile, IT World says that there's no need to wait for Windows 7 Service Pack 1. It's not necessary to run Windows 7 well. -- Don Willmott