Product Type: Microsoft Operating Systems
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The Future's Bright, The Future's Windows 7...wait a minute, isn't that line taken?
MS Windows 7 Home Premium
Member Name: Mama-Q
MS Windows 7 Home Premium
Advantages: faster than vista, many options (see review)
Disadvantages: a bit pricey perhaps, not compatible with certain anti-virus software.
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.
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