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MS Windows 7 Home Premium
Member Name: ajbluestar
MS Windows 7 Home Premium
Date: 10/01/12, updated on 10/01/12 (20 review reads)
Advantages: works well and usability and functionality improved
Disadvantages: may not work as well with older systems
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
Summary: The best version of Windows so far
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