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MS Windows 7 Home Premium
Member Name: DJClarke
MS Windows 7 Home Premium
Advantages: Runs everything that little bit better and faster
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.
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