Product Type: Microsoft Operating Systems
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Better than Vista but not as compatible yet
MS Windows 7 Ultimate
Member Name: aaronphil
MS Windows 7 Ultimate
Advantages: Improved and new features
Disadvantages: File explorer stops responding for no reason and some compatibility issues games wise
I have to point out that I've only tried RC1 as I don't have an RTM copy.
So Windows 7, the operating system that Windows Vista was supposed to be (or so the critics say). When I installed the release candidate of this OS I was surprised at how good it was in terms of stability, looks and loading up time especially compared to Vista. Unfortunately not as fast as XP it was a hell of a lot better than Vista but Microsoft have kept some of the great features of Vista improving them and adding some even better ones.
With Vista such a disappointment when it was released back in late 2006 that I was considering the switch to Linux or even splashing out on a Mac. Alas neither of my alternatives were very gamer friendly and I was forced to downgrade to XP but I kept Vista on lappy.
So Windows 7 has suffered from some compatibility issues especially with games, COD4 installs and runs fine but Toca Race Driver 3 and Far Cry 2 didn't seem to want to install which was depressing and hence I reinstalled XP and gave up on Windows 7.
Also I didn't like the fact that the file explorer would randomly stop responding for no reason at all plus several other programs such as IE8. I am still impressed with Windows 7 it's just I won't be pre-ordering it nor will I be buying it anytime soon. I would though be happy to install it on a completely new build or if it came on a new laptop I wouldn't be sad heartened or downgrade because I like some of the features of Windows 7 and it's a hell of a lot better than Vista.
Overall then I would recommend this OS and pre-order if you want to but it still has a way to go compatibility wise mainly due to its problem with games and some hardware (sound in my case).
Summary: Great OS but still has far to go to be fully compatible
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