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Windows 7: A fast operating system
MS Windows 7 Ultimate
Member Name: JackED42
MS Windows 7 Ultimate
Date: 10/08/09, updated on 10/08/09 (25 review reads)
Advantages: Fast, New features
Disadvantages: Apparently compatibility issues, but I have not encountered any
When Windows Vista first got released, people thought that it looked nice, but ran very very slowly. Well, Windows 7 has fixed this; it looks just as nice, with extra features and also runs as smooth as Windows XP. Many people have not even attempted to change to Vista, as it would render their computers useless. Windows 7 can run on pretty much any computer with any set up, including notebooks, eg. Asus EEE!
The first change you notice after installing windows 7, is that the taskbar has changed. The quick launch section has disappeared (there is still a show desktop button) and each program is depicted as a single icon. For each instace of a single program, e.g. multiple firefox windows, they are grouped with this single icon. This allows you to open lots and lots of programs, and your taskbar not getting cluttered.
The second change you notice from Windows Vista, is the speed difference. No random jerkyness or deciding it does not want to open programs straight away. Microsoft have now even allowed the user to uninstall Microsoft programs they do not want; i.e internet Explorer, Windows media player etc.
Unlike, Windows Vista, there is no sidebar. Instead, this is replaced by the ability to just drag gadgets straight to the desktop.
A problem I have found with both Windows Vista and Windows 7 is that UAC (User account control) is on by default. This was easily turned off in Windows Vista, but is a bit more hidden to turn off in Windows 7; but it can be done.
I have read there have been a lot of compatibility issues with Windows 7, but me personally, I have not had any. I have not encountered one program so far, that ran on Windows Vista, but does not work on Windows 7.
If you did not want to upgrade to Vista because you were worried of it being slow, definately get Windows 7 instead! If you are on Windows Vista, definately upgrade to Wndows 7 as it is well worth the money.
NB. I am reviewing this from my experience with the newest Beta version of Windows 7; 7600 build. This is going to be the retail version that is being sold.
Summary: A good, quick and easy to use operating system
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