Software giant Microsoft Corp. is hoping to erase the bad memories of its last major upgrade to the Windows operating system, Vista, with its release of Windows 7 this fall. The program has drawn several favorable initial reviews, but upgrading won't be without its challenges for schools still using Windows XP, some early testers report.

XP users could constitute a majority of schools and districts, experts say, because compatibility problems between Vista and other software applications caused many schools to forgo Vista in favor of the older XP operating system on their recent hardware purchases.

Compatibility should be less of an issue...

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