Product Type: Microsoft Operating Systems
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Windows 7 is a blast, but is it worth getting NOW?
MS Windows 7 Ultimate
Member Name: TheSlyOne
MS Windows 7 Ultimate
Advantages: Faster than its predecessor, looks and feels great, excellent gaming support
Disadvantages: Too many programs not compatible with it at the moment, similar to vista in some respects
Now for as long as I can remember, I've always tended to lean towards microsoft for my computing needs. Its not that mac's aren't good, its just windows tends to cater more for the gamers amongst us =D
Windows 7 was a breath of fresh air when I first installed it on my pc. After booting it up I noticed it was surprisingly faster than a fresh reinstall of vista ultimate on my other harddrive.
From the looks of things microsoft have taken the aero concept from vista and given it a whole new look and I can tell you it looks great! They've also added a sort of icon system to the taskbar, sort of like what mac's have, and I find this very helpful as it means that you can have more programs on the same taskbar. It also looks and feels nicer.
Microsoft have been working with Nvidia, the graphics card makers for some time now in fine tuning the drivers for nvidia cards on win7. I personally have a 8800gt 512mb and I found that the drivers for it were fully compatible with my card. After sampling a few games I experienced no problems and it was clear that win7 was designed to be fully compatible with the games that are compatible with vista. I also noticed that windows 7 was more like xp as it isnt as bloated as vista.
It is pleasing to see that Microsoft have taken out all the pre-installed rubbish they load with vista. Stuff like the windows meeting place and other things can be downloaded but don't come with the OS. This is good as it makes it more lightweight and thus faster!
The only complaint with it is that even though microsoft have tried their best to hammer out all the compatibility issues that vista had, a lot of software are still not ready to work on win7 and until this gets sorted out you might find yourself stuck with an OS that doesnt support some vital programs.
To summarise, windows 7 will be a great up and coming OS and is definately worth the time to check it out. But, until more programs are supported by win7 then I'd say to resist the urges to buy it and wait!
Summary: If you want a good up and coming OS this is the one for you, but it might be worth waiting.
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