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When you are seeing Windows 7 Home Premium, i know you are someone who want TOP Performance on the best Operating System.
Until the Windows 8.1 came along, this would olbliriate and match, Linux, Mac OS, Ubuntu, even Windows 8, windows 7 always wins. This was the OS that saved Microsoft after they're failed release of Windows Vista, wich was not reliable at all, slow, it did not have a very good GUI (Graphical User Interface), and not that much of functionality. It seems like microsft as a patorn, like: Good OS, Bad OS, Good OS, Bad OS, as it went in Windows XP > Windows Vista > Windows 7 > Windows 8. Many users, especially gamers, still believe that Windows XP is the best OS, but guess what, OS addicters, Windows XP does not have Microsoft Support anymore, so, I would upgrade, beeing windows 7 one of the best options, and windows vista beeing one the worst. If you're computer is really crappy? Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (the best so far), do not have high system requirements, you can run a 2013 Operating System in a 2005 Computer or Laptop, without much problems, just installing some drivers might fix any issues you have, and i speak from experience... Windows 7 introduced the .NET Framework 4.5 that opened a whole new world of options to developers, again, i speak from experience, that version of NET Framework incresead performance, compatibility, and added functions, that made the computer made look like something just invented, so you can say that Windows 7 it's, so far, along with Windows XP, the revolutioner of computer technology
The netbook/laptop I am currently using has been mine now for four years. When I bought it, Windows 7 was pretty new and having had a bad experience with Windows Vista, I was a little worried about whether it would be an improvement or worse yet. I had been hoping to revert back to XP, the better operating system that preceded Vista, but decided to take a leap of faith. I will make a lot of comparisons to Windows Vista, the previous operating system but will try to explain the differences where relevant.
Regarding installation, although I am sure this is not relevant to most people - my computer came with this operating system so I have not had to install it from scratch. However, I do have the CD in case I ever do and if so I will of course return to describe the process!
The new design of the interface is meant to be more simplified and so in some aspects icons have replaced text. For example the main menu was labelled 'Start' before and is now simply a Windows logo. It is positioned in the same place so it did not take me that long to realise that it was the same menu, however, I think some people prefer to just see the word Start. The icons for different programs are very attractive and easy to recognise, even if you are not already familiar with where things are. I found that this did boost my enjoyment of using my new computer.
There are some very nice background themes and designs to go with this operating system and as well as being attractive, these alone I have not found to have any slowing effect on my computer at all. I know this because I had them on for a long time before my computer did in fact slow down. I have since downloaded my own themes but I did particularly like some of the scenic photography. The images change every 30 seconds or so, so that you could potentially set up your own slide show background to personalise your computer.
The taskbar, the panel usually located along the bottom of a Windows screen, uses tabs to show what applications are open so that you can switch from one to the next. In Windows 7, all windows or individual files within the program are represented by just one tab, with the name of the current work you are in as the label. To see what other windows are there, I can just hover my mouse over the tab and miniature windows appear showing a miniature version, known as a thumbnail. Even with a video playing, you can watch it in miniature while having another file open!
I am a bit of a clumsy user of computers and when it comes to pressing the tiny arrow to scroll a window in any program I will often miss. Missing that button is how I learnt that in Windows 7, pressing the lower right corner minimises all open windows revealing the desktop underneath. For me this just adds to my frustration, but in fact I can see how it could be really useful. If someone walks in and you are working on something confidential, you could quickly press it to hide what you are working on if you do not have time to lock the computer. Hopefully people are not being naughty, though, and trying to hide the wrong things!
Next to this on the left the time and date are shown, which I think has been something Windows have always done. In Vista I remember there used to be a large 'gadget' panel along the side with a clock, but this cluttered the screen and I suspect slowed the computer loading on startup. Running programs are inside a tray accessed by a tiny arrow, and you can move any that you need to see more often onto the taskbar. For example I often adjust the volume or have to mute my computer quickly, so it is helpful to be able to just click on the sound icon right away. Only icons are shown for programs here, but if you hover over them text appears telling you what they are for, and you can click or right click for different options.
Speed and reliability
I had Windows Vista before Windows 7 and I am not knowledgeable about computers enough to be able to say why but know that it was terribly slow, always crashing and seemed to be very vulnerable to viruses. I have in fact read that Windows 7 has improved on these things and from my experience of actually using a computer with this operating system I have had very few system crashes (as opposed to, for example, my browser crashing) and have yet to experience a virus - touch wood I won't. One thing I would say is that I disabled Windows updates a while back, because of these there have been more than I care to remember, and most of them were not needed. This has slowed my computer dramatically, so in fact the speed now is probably not much better than my previous computer on Vista.
Windows 7 comes with a very comprehensive Help system, which can be found in the Start menu. An offline version is available, but it also links to a Windows 7 Help website, where the most up to date information is available. This site shows what has actually changed since the previous version and also has lots of information on how to use the various programs that work with Windows 7, from the Calculator to Internet Explorer 9. I have not really needed to access this facility since I was fairly familiar with Windows operating systems anyway and tend to prefer to find my own way around. However, it is still worth a browse. It is written in plain English and you can look through categories and an A-Z of information as well as do a keyword search. If I am ever stuck I'm glad to know it is there.
Overall I think this operating system has started the improvement since often regarded as disastrous Windows Vista. For me it has been reasonable enough to stick with for the last few years and I am just glad to have moved on. If a computer runs on Windows 7, in general I think this is not a bad thing, but perhaps it is even better on a computer with better specs than mine (2gb RAM and celeron processor - if you are interested to know). Since most brand new computers will have far better specs, usually at least 3 or 4gb RAM and dual or better processors, they are likely to work well with Windows 7. Even a lot of old computers still work well with Windows 7, so if it somehow works out cheaper than getting the latest operating system, in my opinion it might well be a worthwhile purchase.
I bought this software as an upgrade from windows XP and upgrading was not a problem for my PC but if you're not great with installing software or simply don't trust yourself, i'd recommend getting a guide printed out beforehand. Which do a guide, but I wouldn't rely on any of the material on the box or the Microsoft website because every PC is different, and if you run into problems I can confirm their support is absolutely dreadful, and their website help pages for this software are no use at all.
The installation was not easy by any means, mostly due to the amount of jargon used and the many many options menu's this thing throws at you. Even when you've installed, theres a lot of settings to change to fit the software around you. The control panel has a lot of personalisation setting with helpful icons and there are plenty of wizards which guide you through changes to things like WiFi setup and printer setup.
The interface on Windows 7 is simple and familiar when upgrading from previous windows platforms. (Not as much can be said for windows 8) The software speed depends on your PC but on my bog standard PC with not much ram it runs fine, loads well and menu's are smooth and operate without glitching.
Graphics wise things do look good but setting up the resolution is an absolute chore. In control panel you can only set up the resolution preset sizes and it's a pain running through each one and then letting windows test your monitor/TV. It does have a handy fail safe feature though, if the resolution is not suitable, the screen will go black, but if you don't hit ok, after 20 seconds the screen comes back on at the old resolution.
The software is robust but it does have glitches and there have been many times when a program has crashed and needs to close followed by the annoying error report. There are also glitches in many exe files and when i run programs that windows doesn't like, it throws a hissy fit and glitches either by crashing or incorrectly displaying items. I have also had problems with windows corrupting files.
The biggest issue with this is the security. It is incredibly prone to viruses and trojans and so your personal details are at serious risk without proper firewall protection and/or full scan software. You will often find spyware and bad programs sitting around on your computer and windows is no where near enough sufficient to deal with these. Extra protection is needed, be prepared to pay for this too, as it doesn't come cheap.
Quite frankly I'm glad i have a MacBook Pro as well. My advice, get Mac OSX.
As a consumer I have always been constantly baffled by the rate that people upgrade their products. This I see most frequently with PC consumers who seem to require almost yearly upgrades to their Windows operating system. I myself have always favored grabbing whichever computer 'looks' attractive to me and using whatever operating system comes with the thing. However I admit that it was with great fear that I purchased myself a lap top knowing that I was going to be taking a brave step away from the windows XP system I had always used in favor of something they called 'Windows 7"....Queue dramatic musical interlude...
Anyway I am currently using Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (who knew there were so many sub categories to something as simple as a windows operating system???) on a HP Laptop with a 2.30 GHZ duel-core processor (whatever one of those is); 4 gigs of internal memory, and a 64 bit operating system.
Now you should understand something about me. As an Autistic I have a considerable dread of trying new things, so please be sympathetic to my anguish at using something 'new' like this.
To be honest though my blood curdling terror may have been a little pre-mature! By and large I've found myself sliding into the Windows 7 formula with few problems and a good old familiar feeling that has enabled me to make the change safely.
The layout of Windows 7 seems; to me, very new user friendly and works in a similar way to XP. Loading it up you have your basic desktop where you can install any frequently used applications. This will contain just your 'recycle bin' shortcut when you first boot up, but can fill up fast as nearly everything you install likes to make a desktop shortcut. I'm a bit of a neat freak when it comes to my Marvel Superheroes wallpaper and so dislike this immensely as I'm frequently deleting shortcuts to programs that I no longer use. However what I like with Windows 7 is that it also gives you the option of having certain programs appear directly on your task bar. I have Internet Explorer; Microsoft word, and a few other programs set there. These programs are then very easy to access and keep my wallpaper clutter free.
The initial color scheme of Windows 7 is also quite attractive. Blue menus and task bars with a variety of hi-tech dissolves between menus. It would look decidedly cool in a tech demo, although I myself prefer to keep it functional. Windows 7 offers a relatively easy way of personalizing the layout to your own computer. At the touch of a button you can select whether to structure your windows experience in the most aesthetically pleasing way, or to reserve your memory with the simplest layout. Below this option are the various sub options with a tick box next to them (on or off depending on your choice) which can be used to activate; or deactivate, any features that you personally want to. I myself decided to leave everything off in order to speed up my browsing experience. This leaves all of the menus an ugly gray but keeps the speed flowing nicely. My Brother claims that this makes it look ugly, but I believe that these functional settings keep things working without detracting from what is really important here. I refer of course to my Marvel superheroes wallpaper!
Once you have selected how you want Windows to look the next step is figuring out how to access the rest of your programs. Thankfully the much loved Start Button was still in place, as I understand that future versions of windows removed this entirely. (Why would they do this?) Clicking on the start button opens a menu with all of your recently used programs, and any programs that you have pinned into place. You also have convenient access to important folders like 'Documents', 'Pictures', 'Music', and 'My computer'. If you want to find a specific program however you have to click on the 'all programs' button to switch the menu into a generalized layout of programs listed in alphabetical order. I was a little disappointed by this at first as it was 'different from my old computer', but having gotten used to it now I can admit that this menu layout is not the root of all evil in the world. Mercifully if you are having trouble locating something then you can type the name in and the computer will automatically search for the program. This is considerably easier than looking for the 'search' button and speeds up your browsing time.
All things considered Windows 7 is quite a stable Operating system. I haven't had any problems with corrupted drivers since upgrading and have very rarely needed to use the support buttons. As with all versions of Windows the built in support functions offer only the most basic help you could get. It reminds you of simple things like switching your Wi-Fi on before connecting to the internet, but is otherwise filled with so much technical jargon that you're better off calling Microsoft's tech support and hoping to find someone who knows what a power button is. Fortunately I have never had that problem even after 2 years with this laptop.
The one time I did encounter problems I was able to manually fix them using the built in restore functions of Windows 7. These are easily accessed by pressing F8 while the computer boots up, and then selecting the option you want. Some of these options are a little scary and can wipe your entire hard drive. However most of them are built in diagnostic tools that can tell you if there are any faults with the computer's memory, hard drive, and other essential pieces of hardware. If they are all clear and the problem is software related then it is very easy to select the system restore option and roll back the computer to a few days prior. Windows 7 seems to be making a backup every time I install or uninstall something. I'm not sure, but either way it automatically makes a backup at regular intervals and this takes the pressure of me as a consumer. Other key maintenance tools; Defragmenting, disk cleanup act... can now be set to automatically run at fixed intervals, which helps me as I always forget to do them otherwise. Thanks to all of these features Windows 7 has continued to run smoothly despite my poor memory.
All things considered I have been happy with the Windows 7 experience. I only use my computer for basic functions, but have never experienced any compatibility problems with Windows 7. All of my software, and all of my games, seem to be working fine. Whenever problems do exist then updated drivers are generally free too, so I wouldn't let that put you off.
Generally speaking you should still be able to get a computer with Windows 7 already set up on it. If you're interesting in upgrading; or downgrading, then Windows 7 Home Premium edition currently retails at around £80. Seems a little expensive to me, but I'm not an expert in these things. You could certainly do worse things with your money, but if you have XP then I'd recommend that you stick with it as this upgrade wouldn't be worth all of that money. However if you really need a new version of Windows then this one is a solidly designed operating system that's easy to tinker with and easy to repair. I suppose you can't say fairer than that really.
All computer application programs require an operating system in order to run - so if your computer arrives sans operating system (as it did for my husband!) then you won't be able to get onto the desktop screen of a computer - and it will render it pretty useless for all purposes.
My laptop came pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium included. Windows 7 is part of the Microsoft family and is the current most up to date operating system from Microsoft - no doubt I'll out-date this review in a year's time!
This licence will allow you to have Windows 7 on one PC and is a full licence of the operation system - all laptops/computers/tablets that come pre-loaded with the software on them are properly licensed and you don't need to do anything more. As for installing from disc it seemed fairly straightforward when my husband set up his operating system - he didn't have any install problems
Most modern PCs come with a pre-loaded version of Windows 7 - which is quicker in terms of booting up a computer, getting onto the internet and other applications, than it's sister OS Windows Vista. Making a few short comparisons to older OS from Microsoft's past I would say that the 'start' menu/button is far neater, modern and more sleek than the old 'start' option - with logo and words. The search option in the start menu is far quicker than the Vista search option. The ability to 'pin' applications onto the task bar is less clunkier than previous versions of Microsoft operating systems.
What is most startling is that Windows 7 requires less memory than Vista in order to run - roughly about 16 gig of hard drive space and 1 gig of RAM. You will need a DVD drive in order to install this from disc - again if you're like my husband and in the habit of building your own computer I thought this was worth a mention ;).
This operating system also has a handy networking option for linking up to other computers in the home called HomeGroup. It is a password protected network that allows two or more Windows 7 computers to share documents, movies, a printer etc. You can also enjoy Remote Media Streaming - view pictures, video and music on another Windows 7 PC using the new 'stream' menu in the updated version of Windows Media Player. As well as these new features it also comes with an option to make desktop wallpaper interchangeable - so you're not always greeted by the same wall paper every time you log on, open up a new window and shut off a window.
Windows 7 for me is a stream-lined, more thought out operating system compared to Vista - which seems to be an operating system that was rushed in the design process and pumped out to punters in time for Christmas. Windows 7 is definitely the sexier sister in comparison ;). The only problem I've had is compatibility issues with anti-virus software, this operating system just seems to HATE anti-virus stuff to the point I've had to un-install every bit of anti-virus software I own so I can forgo the blue screen of death.
Price-wise it is around £82.97 for an upgrade version of this OS and £109.95 (prices taken from Amazon.co.uk) for a 'full' version of this OS, both with free delivery.
I purchased Windows 7 approx 2 years ago after upgrading my homebuilt pc from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Instead of buying the upgrade pack I went the whole hog and bought the full package from Amazon at a rate of around £140. I was was so eager to get this new operating system onto my pc that I even paid the next day delivery charge however due to heavy snow it didn't arrive for about a week.
The first thing you will notice when booting to the DVD is that once you get past the initial formatting of the hard drive and entering the serial number it installs very fast - I remember sitting in from on my pc when installing Windows Vista and it took well over an hour from start to finish - and then all the extra time re-installing all the software you needed back onto it as well as the graphics card drivers etc. No such wait with Windows 7 - from start to finish it took around 20 minutes. I had no additional drivers to install as it found all the hardware that was attached to my pc and installed the drivers automatically.
The look of Windows 7 is almost identical to Windows Vista, however everything looks that little bit better, the Aero desktop feature is amazing however you will need a descent graphics card to run it. The basic requirements for Windows 7 is 1Gb of memory which most laptops even come with nowadays - however if you are looking to run a little more than this Windows 7 64 bit will manage to run much more - I myself am running 8GB and in my eyes - the more the merrier.
Its hard to describe how it runs everything that little bit better, but as an example - whilst playing Word of Warcraft on Windows vista - I would often get a lot of lag (screen jumping for those of you who don't know the term) and would sometimes need to turn the graphics settings down to make the game run smoothly. However since Windows 7 has been installed I can set the graphics to almost top setting and don't get any lag whatsoever. Nothing else on my system has changed apart from the operating system so it confirmed to me that it was just utilising/running everything that little bit sweeter.
I also recently convinced my father to purchase this operating system from Amazon also to install on his laptop which originally had Windows Vista on it - my father is not a hardcore gamer but likes to play certain on-line games via Facebook etc., however he was struggling with running even flash games on his laptop which is about 5 years old - I installed it onto the laptop after doing a complete format of the hard drive and a week later I get a call from my mum saying that my father is so happy that the laptop is running so much smoother and quicker than it ever had - just goes to show what the change of an operating system can do.
Overall - for any PC enthusiast out there my recommendation would be to upgrade to Windows 7 as soon as possible - just make sure that your pc/laptop meets the minimum system requirements before buying.
Windows 7 is still the latest windows operating system available for purchase. It was released towards the end of 2009 and is now over 2 years old. I have had the operating system on my Acer laptop now for a while so am in a good position to give a review of the product. It came pre installed so this review will not contain much information on installation issues. There were plenty of problems with Vista and many people reverted back to XP which seemed to be more favourable with fewer problems and compatibility issues. Is Windows 7 any better?
The operating system itself
On the surface the operating system does not show many changes in terms of appearance and feel when compared to Vista. There are though quite a few new touches and features which make it better than Vista.
The minimum requirements for Windows 7 are actually less than Vista with 1gb of memory the main requirements although it would probably be advisable to have more if possible to ensure the smooth running of the computer/laptop. This does though allow it to be used on lower level net books with 1gb memory.
The taskbar-Windows is known for its taskbar and especially the Start menu and System Tray. Vista gave the Start menu a redesign while in Windows 7, the Taskbar and the System Tray have gotten a a thorough redesign. The new Taskbar has replaced the old small icons and text labels for running applications with larger, unlabeled icons. This has helped to reduce clutter. Applications can also be pinned to the taskbar.
Search- the search facility is also improved. Type in the start menu box and you can instantly see results.
Performance improvements-Windows 7 has key performance improvements which take up less memory and it only runs background services when you need them. This is all designed to help the system work more efficiently and much faster.
In terms of security it seems to be much better than both XP and Vista. It also seems to run a lot faster with it booting up more quickly and also connecting to wi-fi networks more instantly.
Some Negatives include it not working so well with machines more than a few years old and also games which are quite old. My version came already installed but upgrading for some may prove to be both costly and there may be compatibility issues.
It still looks quite stylish like Windows Vista but Windows 7 seems to work significantly better. It hasn't changed much on the surface but it works very efficiently and it allows you to tweak and fine tune your windows experience. Usability and functionality are two things that have improved since Vista. The pros certainly outweigh the cons and this operating system has been a success for Microsoft with high volume of sales throughout the world. I would overall give this product 5 stars
Having been an avid user of the Microsoft Windows operating system from the early 3.1 release I have pretty much thoroughly tested each edition which has been released progressing to Windows 95 and 98 which had major improvements on the layout and organisation of the OS by introducing the start menu, and easy shortcut's like My Documents, My Music and Pictures etc.
- Organisation & User friendlyness -
From Windows 95, Microsoft has continued to improve the platform dramatically over the years to make the end-user experience more impressive and more user-friendly than ever before!
When Windows XP was commercially released it became one of the most popular operating systems which would take a lot of well thought out ideas and input to make further improvements which would persuade it's users to upgrade to yet again another new release.
- Performance -
For me the main aspects which have changed in our latest version of Windows 7 is the general performance of the operating system including the initial start up time, software performance and how easy our computers can multi-task the operations that we request on a day to day basis.
It goes without saying that the hardware installed within a system has a major impact on the end performance of which the user receives, however by using the same build of system and testing Windows 98, Windows XP and also Windows 7 there is significant signs in the speed and performance of the operating system.
Windows 7 is clearly designed better in comparison to its previous release's as when it has finished its initial loadup the CPU and physical RAM resources are no more than a quater occupied by running basic programs in the background where as in Windows XP half of the quota is exceeded and in Windows 98 up to 70% is used which allows less resource for multi-tasking and can create more frequency system crashes and loss of data.
- File Sharing -
Another major improvement over the years of updates to Microsoft Windows is the way that we can share our files not just with the internet but with the systems attached to our home or work network, With Windows 7 networking it has never been easier to share music and videos by streaming them directly over a local connection wired or wireless to any compatible device.
- Visually Attractive -
Windows 7 follows closely behind Windows Vista with its all new stylish look and user friendly feel, from the start menu, to the rounded windows with the transparent backgrounds the platform makes it's users feel much more comfortable with carrying out their required tasks quickly and efficiently.
The quality of our graphics cards have improved dramatically over the years aswell but again I feel the new windows 7 helps optimise our hardware to receive the best quality in our photos and videos, and just generally with a good screen and graphics card the small details like the background, and program icons seem to have more detailed pixels.
- Installation & Upgrades -
There is a considerable speed difference in the installation or upgrade between Windows XP and Windows 7, not only is the process more efficient in the sence that you don't need to supervise the installation once you have entered the specific details such as installation directory, language and user details but the overall install is approx 20minutes faster on average where Windows XP used to take around 70 minutes for a full installation and windows 7 just 45 and 50 minutes per install.
Easyness of data processing, including organising, copying and sharing files.
General PC performance, much faster OS compared to previous releases;
Installation, Start-up and application / multi-tasking.
Visually more attractive, better layout and more configurable options to suit the individual system to the user's specific requirements.
Can be difficult to adapt to new changes after using a previous version for a lengthy time period.
Can be costly to keep up to date with the latest OS release's.
Some programs or software packages may not work at all or efficiently with Windows 7. (Should check individual packages for compatibility issues!)
Overall very well designed package and worth the cost of a new install or upgrade!
Get with the times and choose Windows 7!
Having fairly recently purchased a new PC I found it came with Windows 7 pre-installed which at first frustrated me as I remember how long it took to get used to all of the little problems with previous versions of Windows and figuring out ways around the issues these caused but I am pleased to say that it appears Microsoft maybe finally listening to what their customers have been telling them.
Windows 7 is designed by Microsoft to be a much more stable and smooth running operating system than previous versions and thankfully they appear to have pulled this off as to date (around 6 months) I have not had any Windows related issues to report. Thanks to the extra stability they have afforded the operating system the long load times of old are a thing on the past and so no matter if it is you wishing to go on the pc for a long period or simply to check or send an email then this is within reach as once you press the button for the pc to come on and you take your seat then it is only a few seconds from being ready to log you in.
The design of the program itself (Windows) has been made to be much tighter with the front screen now having a bar along the top to obtain things like security updates, free music, settings related details and more. This top bar is an addition and the main part of the Windows systems is still in place with your start button and tool bar all in the same places but just having been spruced up a little.
Overall the actual feel is one of a fresh and vibrant programme rather than one that is getting on in years and just having upgrades done each time which I must congratulate Microsoft for managing to do as with the older versions I remember sometimes feeling slightly underwhelmed.
Thankfully I have not had any issues with my Windows and so have none at all that I can report.
Overall for me this is a very well put together operating system allowing pc users to have more control and less hassle. The system is much smoother and more polished than in previous years but thanks to a lot of work being done on stability there are a lot fewer issues to report, all of which I have been very impressed by. A great product which delivers all you can ask of it and rather than it try to be the centre of attention it does exaclty what it should and stays quiet in the background.
Windows 7 picks up where vista left off, everyone is starting to get used to microsofts new design both for the operating system and their coding system for programmers, meaning that a lot more programs are availiable than for vista.
Windows are edging for more towards ease of use and sleek almost apple stlye operating and moving away from the pure but hard to access functionality of windows xp.
I find that windows 7 is very intuitive to use and i picked it up really quickly after upgrading from windows xp. The way in which the entire package works, lots of sliding and fading really works in the modern age, however on my netbook with only 1gb of ram, i find myself often wondering if i should have stuck with wonder windows xp.
Windows 7 provides many new features, search bars on every explorer screen for instance and a handy preview window so you dont have to open up lots of programs to find the file you want. It also comes with the normal start bar and the normal layout for this as well as keeping the desktop gadgets that were so popular in windows vista.
Windows seven also ocmes with an automatic update option that it uses to get updates from microsoft via the internet.
Windows 7 so far i have found very cpu and processor hungry causing my entire computer to become somewhat slower. I also find the price to be rather high for such a widely used piece of programming
I simply love it! I skipped Windows vista in waiting for a better OS and the wait was worth it, not that I was unhappy with my old XP but one must keep track with novelties in computer worlds (that said hope I will soon decide to get myself a tablet computer - or khm someone gets me one).
Visually I would describe Windows 7 to be a hybrid between XP an Vista taking the best out of both, it has all the flashy graphics Vista offered and functionality we are used with XP. I like the subtle transparency of the edges of Windows, it makes it more dimensional.
I only tried out Vista a few times so can't really say how much different this one is for users to get used to but for a person going from XP to this I have to say I did not have any problems getting used to operating it, it has the same principle only more aesthetic look to it.
Installation if very user friendly, I had no problems whatsoever every step of the way is very clear. Compared to older Windows systems I think this one installed really faster. When the installation is done and you think to yourself "OK, the easy part is done now onwards to searching and installing device drivers", you will be amazed when finding out (if you have not known before) that every device in your computer already works since Windows 7 automatically installs it. All of my devices work normally with exception of sound card where only 1 out of 4 jacks for "sound out" work, true this might be a coincidence and the sound card can be faulty I have jet to determine that - due to age of it I am more inclined to thinking it is broken.
I really like how you can customize your desktop and by that I do not just mean change the wallpaper and rearrange the icons - you can add gadgets to your desktop varying from the performance meter to a flower pot that you have to water. Some of the gadgets come with the Windows tons of them can be additionally downloaded from the internet. Nice!
The start (or now the Windows sign in a circle) menu is very clear and easy to navigate there is a quick access to almost everywhere - computer, control panned, documents, games...
Whenever you open a folder there is a navigation menu on the left side making your file transfer even faster.
Whenever you start installing anything on the 7 the screen becomes transparent black with a "request permission" window popping up which I did find a but annoying at the first and wanted to change in control panel, but this has alerted me to a few applications that I apparently had in my computer not knowing about them.
Not all is good with Windows 7 though, if you are a fan of old games you might have trouble with them being incompatible with this version of Windows, I had problems with my Sims 2 which just did not want to work, so some additional information/patch searching is needed here and there, but due to other amazing tributes this one has this is neglect able.
Windows 7! As I quietly type across my slim keyboard on top of a beautiful interface, I can definitely say this is a very top notch operating system!
After being burned by Vista, I was afraid to go back into Windows 7, but I heard some friends talk about rather positively, so I decided to try it out. My XP computer finally died on me, which was sad, but now I'm glad that happened. (Luckily, I was able to save everything on the hardrive!) I picked up a new HP computer about 6 months ago and have never looked back.
First off, setting up Windows 7 was quite easy to do, I was able to get everything up and running under an hour. Since this computer is brand new, the response time is very quick, which I did assume, but I have tried other computers that used to have XP or vista, and in still runs very smoothly.
With the response time, I was also surprised how well the interface worked. It's somewhat like a combo between XP and Vista. It takes what was good about XP, takes it, takes what was bad and good about Vista, improves it, and puts it's own spin on it. Back when I was a teenager, I had to set my mom up with email, or something, but the easy of use is so good she can do everything myself. I'm finally released of my duty! (Getting my own place after college was the best thing I ever did XD )
The new icons on the toolbar, I absolutely love. It keeps them small, but not too small. I like how you can keep bookmarks for your web browsers inside the little icon, as well as how it combines multiple windows into that single icon which I always found frustrating with Vista and XP because you'd always have to have something like 4 or 5 windows up to have them auto-combine. (I bet there was something you could do back with XP or Vista to do that, but I never found anything on that.)
I have successfully installed many programs very easily too, Windows 7 plays nice with many programs and I've found that they haven't had any problems.
I can also say it's great for gaming. It processes things nicely and keeps CPU usage pretty low for most games. Of course, I'm just a casual gamer, but I still find it easy and fun and not a hassle.
Microsoft has certainly recovered from the whole Vista fiasco. Whether they will with their dollar, I'm not sure. It's unfortunate that this couldn't have been out first.
Although, I recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade or get their first computer. Fair to say though, I have not encountered any problems yet. I may have different opinions in the future, but so far, I love Windows 7. That, and so does my mom. ;-D
It works well, has a nice look, and is very user friendly. If you can get it, and let go of XP, you'll definitely be satisfied.
As a huge fan of Windows XP I have to say honestly that I do not see what the big hype about Windows 7 is as there is very little useful parts added to it. One of the things that annoys me about Windows 7 is that it always asks permission to run certain programs or to install programs even when you right click and tell it to run as admin it still comes up and asks do you want to run this program as admin. Windows 7 looks the exact same as Windows Vista which sucked big time and the only differences between it and Windows 7 after using for about a year or more appear to be that they removed the annoyance were you leave your cursor over a video on YouTube or something else and it automatically opens it. The only good things are the fact you can have two folders or the likes of Internet explore open at the same side by side but the only difference between doing this on any other Windows is that you had to do it manually. Windows 7 may play some newer games and have newer security but that's about the height of it. I find that for home use this so called big "improvement" is just a big con to get more money out of you as I have friends on Windows XP who go on dodgy sits and never get viruses while I never go on any other things than games yet I get every virus available even with virus protection like mcafee so either ones letting me down or I'm extremely unlucky. I also find this version of windows to go unresponsive more often than any other and it appears slower at times in processing speed.
I don't really think it's that much different to Vista. This is basically Vista without the annoyance of it, such as continual prompts when trying to change or install anything. Also an improved UAC.
I love some of the new features on Windows 7, such as the snap and shake. These are really useful and something I use frequently. I find the taskbar is much neater in that it groups all active widows making it much easier to find something if you have a lot of things running at once.
I would warn that if you have Vista and are choosing to do an upgrade to Windows 7, this can result in problems. I did this and my computer got stuck in a reboot loop. After searching online for a solution I was shocked to see just how many people this had affected. The quickest and easiest option was to just reinstall Vista, then do a clean install of Windows 7, thankfully this worked fine. However this could cause real trouble if people don't have the installation disks.
Windows 7 is an operating system for your PC or laptop. Some noticeable changes in this version are the desktop layout. The icons appear somewhat larger on the desktop although this can be changed through various custom options. The icons in the system tray are also larger and have been changed slightly graphics wise. As well as an all round graphical uplift there are more help files readily available if you get stuck with things. Overall it has a more modern appearance and feel.
Another noticeble change is that any programs you have open can be minimized to the bar at the bottom and you can easily browse between them by hovering over the various windows you have open. All Office documents open of the same type also stack in one neat icon in the bottom bar. For instance if you have 5 Excel documents open rather than having 5 separate Excel icons in the bottom bar it stacks it into one neat icon and if you hover over it, it then displays each document in a neat window (hard to explain but I hope it makes sense).
Being so used to Windows XP its kind of annoying how they have revamped where all the options are. It can be a bit tricky to find your way around at first but there are loads of help files readily available or solutions can easily be found by browsing the internet.
I think Windows 7 is also trying to become a more all in 1 media center. It states features such as being able to watch, record & pause tv although I have yet to try these features.
Windows 7 is a good upgrade from Vista and I highly recommend it. It has more customization available, better appearance, better feel and some nice new features.
Windows 7 can be purchased from the Micro$oft website for £125 or you can upgrade from a previous version for £84.99.
~Also on Ciao.