Product Type: Microsoft Operating Systems
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
OSX Is still the better option.
MS Windows 7 Home Premium
Member Name: Seven17
MS Windows 7 Home Premium
Advantages: Excellent interface, customisation is down to a personal level for every user
Disadvantages: Jargon everywhere, Install confusing for the less tech savvy user.
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.
Summary: I still prefer Mac OSX, which is why I always use my MacBook to write dooyoo reviews.
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