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After previously owning a laptop with Windows Vista on, I was relieved to finally upgrade to one with Windows 7 pre-installed. Windows 7 is a lot less lagging than the previous version (Vista) and has a few more added features that make i more user friendly.
The Features I like :
The taskbar : I love that I can click a little square in the bottom left hand side of the taskbar and it takes me back to my computer desktop, removing the faff of closing down 10 different windows Id just opened, one by one.
XP mode: Struggling to run applications which were designed to run on previous versions of windows? XP mode was designed to allow you to run those easily by creating an emulated XP environment for them to run on.
Pin to taskbar: Use a programme a lot and don't want to keep looking for it? Pin it to the taskbar and find it easily at the bottom of your screen.
Other great things about Vista:
Start up and shut down times seem to be significantly quicker than previous versions of Windows.
The user interface is customisable : want your current version of Windows to look like an older version? No problem, right click anywhere on your desktop > click personalize and choose the colour scheme/theme that you want. You can also create and save your own themes.
In my personal opinion, I think that Windows 7 is by far the best version of windows so far. I love how customisable it is and how much quicker than the previous versions it seems to be.Having tried the next version (Windows 8) I also prefer it to the newer version too. Most new laptops and computers now come with Windows 8 so when I come to buy a new one I will be in a bit of a dilemma about upgrading as I've gotten so used to this one. I would definitely recommend it to anyone upgrading their operating system or buying a new computer (if you can find any retailers still selling machines with this version on).
So I purchased a new laptop the Samsung Rv510 which comes with the new instalment in the windows series... windows 7. I also have a desktop tower computer running vista but with the same specs as my laptop. Comparing the two i found the laptop ran at least 4 times as quick, this may be because the laptop is better somehow but personally I feel that it is the operating system it literally feels like a breath of fresh air.
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Windows 7 Home Premium is so simple to use, where vista was extremely hard to configure windows 7 has just turned it around and made it so easy to use. The new improved task bar or now regarded as the 'super bar' has made it very easy to view the tabs you have open as hovering over an icon produces a small preview of the page which I have found very useful especially when using windows live messenger(msn).
This version of windows 7 comes with plenty of fun and entertaining games that will keep you entertained for hours. It comes pre-installed with Skype as well as windows live messenger meaning you can now straight away get into a phone call or instant messenger chat instead of having to download the files. Also it comes pre-installed with windows media centre which previously cost quite a bit however now it is already on here meaning you can do things such as watch sky and connect to your Xbox 360 which is very useful indeed.
Windows 7 home premium is very easy to use and everything flows really well, unlike vista there are from what I can see no glitches/bugs and everything is really quick which is good if you are impatient like me. The layout is more or less the same as vista however it feels a lot different because unlike vista this actually works.
Windows 7 and especially the home premium for me is defiantly the best operating system i have ever used, after years of struggling with '98, ME, Xp and the dreaded vista I had nearly given up hope and was considering switching to a MAC but Microsoft pulled through this is defiantly worth buying for around £75 or buy a laptop with it pre-installed.
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The successor to Windows Vista and some might say Microsoft's last chance to regain its dominance as the best operating system in the world. Has Microsoft managed to up its game and release an operating system consumers deem worthy enough to actually use?
In a nutshell yes. Windows 7 is undoubtedly the best operating system Microsoft has ever made, its fast, stable and works. What more could you ask for in an operating system?
A fresh install on a 2 year old PC felt like a breath of fresh air, it ran much faster than Vista and though subtle the interface changes they have done really sell the effect, in short it looks beautiful (its greatly helped by the fantastically weird wallpapers they have included).
The biggest change is what they now call the Superbar, essentially it's a much improved version of the Taskbar featured in older versions of the Windows. Hover your mouse over an icon and you get a preview of the window and pinning your favourite applications to the Superbar for quick access, to list the full amount of features would take an absolute age so if you desire more details checkout Microsoft's website.
In summary it's a breath of fresh air for the Windows operating system, almost like Microsoft decided to actually open a window and let in new ideas, radical changes and best of all ease of use for the average consumer while still making sure that hard-core users are not left out. If you are still using XP then do yourself a favour and upgrade, if your still using Vista then... wait no one used Vista so chances are you already running Windows 7 so there's nothing left to say but enjoy. ;-)
I've been pleasantly surprised by Microsoft, in that they've managed to turn around the utter disaster of Vista and come back with a great OS. I'd almost lost hope, and turned to Ubuntu with a Win XP dual boot for the few apps and games which wouldn't run on the Linux distro.
However, MS offered a very generous student discount for 7 at the end of 2009, so I decided to take it for a spin.
The first thing you'll notice with 7 is the speed improvement, especially over Vista. You will need at least 2Gb of RAM to make full use of the improvements, but that's pretty standard these days Of course, if you buy the 64-bit version you'll be able to make use of even more RAM and this will further improve performance.
Start-up and shut-down times are the fastest I've experienced for Windows, as long as you make sure you don't have any unnecessary programs loading.
The next major improvement is the ease of configuration. 7 pretty much does everything automatically in terms of driver downloads and general optimisation. You'll only risk a few hiccups if you're using very old or unusual hardware. It's quite impressive how little time it takes to set everything up after a full formatting of your HD.
The user interface is clear and customisable. The gadgets for the desktop can be useful. It's very easy to find your way around.
The inclusion of compatibility modes means that even quite old software can be run on 7 without any issues. I've so far had no issues running programs thanks to this feature. Even drivers can be used in compatibility mode, meaning out-dated hardware can function.
Overall, 7 is worth upgrading to. It does everything you'd expect from an OS, with greater speed and stability than previous versions of Windows. If you've been burned by Vista, give this a try and I'm sure you'll be much happier!
"Windows has been living in a land of oblivion for the last couple of years since the Vista catastrophe". That is complete and utter rubbish. Never mind the release of the brand new operating system Windows 7, but the fact that 91% of the world's computers still uses a version of Windows, whether it be XP, 98 or the special millennium version. Once you start using this new edition of Windows, it is visibly clear that Microsoft didn't want another repeat of Vista. But I don't believe that Windows 7 is going up against its predecessor (an ill-fated one at that), but it is actually competing with Apple's new Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system. Yet the fact that I seem to be veering into reviewing 7 compared to Vista is not right. But then again, in the end you will only be getting Windows 7 if you are a PC, if not then you have just wasted a minute of your life reading this review.
The latest PC operating from Microsoft is Windows 7. called this as it's the seventh version of the firm's market leading operating system. I've now been running the home premium version for over a week so I'm going to summarise my experiences so far avoiding any technical jargon.
It's the follow up to Vista, which was in all terms a disaster mostly due to loads of incompatible issues and generally overall bugs. Windows 7 was hurried along to solve this issue before the public lost faith in the operating system all together. I think they have succeed with regards to this, the software seems to be far more stable than Vista ever was & runs well without any noticeable issues experienced so far.
Originally I noticed when I first installed it, it actually ran slower than Vista. However now it has had time to bed in, it definetly rans noticeably faster. Visually there aren't a huge amount of changes as I think the majority of work has gone into improving things behind the scenes.
One of my favourite features are the improvements to the taskbar, almost giving it a Mac like feel. You can hoover over open programs & you get a preview of the relevent window which is actually surprisingly useful. Also you can get a 3D view of open windows using the Aero feature.
I would say Windows 7 defiently fixes the issues experienced with Vista and is a worthwhile upgrade, home & personal users will find all they need in the home premium edition of the software.