Product Type: Microsoft Operating Systems
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Cleans up the mess Vista made
MS Windows 7 Ultimate
Member Name: dajack36
MS Windows 7 Ultimate
Advantages: Simple, easy to use, fast, smooth, no viruses, re-designed features of the poor ones in Vista
Disadvantages: None yet, but most likely one will crop up when this product becomes completely mainstream
Windows Vista was meant to be the fantastic new operating system that everybody would want. Futuristic, cool, and faster than its predecessor Windows XP. Unfortunately it has not turned out quite the way Microsoft seem to have imagined it would be. It was an epic failure for many people, randomly ending programs for no good reason, picking up viruses, and constantly running slow. I think that the many faults of Windows Vista have prompted the early release of Windows 7, which is being introduced just two years after Vista's poor release.
The main objective of Windows 7 as the new Microsoft operating system is to cover the basics that Vista failed so badly at, while trying to keep a futuristic look, that looks as good as rival operating systems, such as Apple's OS X.
The main problem with Vista was its slow and clunky running speeds, opening a web page on a good laptop could take 10 seconds, when XP could do it with no trouble in no more than about 1 or 2 seconds. In my experience of Windows 7, and this is only with the beta version, web pages opened up faster than in XP, and certainly much quicker than in Vista, other aspects of the system also ran much faster, I could actually get a high graphics game to run at about 20fps on my laptop, as opposed to about 5fps on it when using Vista. I am pleased with the upgrades that Microsoft has bought to Windows 7 here, it runs much faster and provides a better user experience.
The appearance and ease-of-use of the system is always something that must be addressed. While Vista looked shiny on the outside, there were some deep flaws in the design that actually make the interface very clunky, and tricky to use. It could take 30 seconds just for the start bar to pop up, deeply annoying, but there are no problems like this in Windows 7. Everything is much more simplistic about the interface and as a result everything is easier to use. The icons are bigger, there is no stupid side bar, and there are many other things that make the interface better than the one used in Windows Vista.
Viruses have always been a massive issue with the Windows operating systems, the first version of XP before it had service packs added used to get them all the time. And Vista was much worse, everyone seems to get Vista viruses these days, programs not working or closing down because of the annoying habit in Vista to find them out of nowhere. But in my experience of Windows 7, there have been no such problems, the viruses seem to have stayed well clear of machine. I am not sure if this is the same with the other beta testers, or if it will prove so when the final version is released, but in my experience no viruses have been contracted and the system has remained clean and easy to use.
With Windows 7, I find it is the little things that just make it a much better experience. A good example would be the wireless network finder, by clicking on the icon in the bottom right of the screen for wireless activity, a box will pop up, showing each available network, how good the signal strength is, and how fast it is running. It also has the features that XP had that allow it to automatically repair a poor network connection, the Vista version of it never worked, but this one does. It is just small things like this, made so much easier in Windows 7, that make it a winning operating system. I wholeheartedly recommend this system to anyone running on a Windows machine, it can currently be pre-ordered on Amazon for about £70, which is great value.
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