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Old 11-17-2009, 06:51 AM   #1
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Default Brief Windows 7 review

Few thoughts from a resident IT guy...first a bit of background. As a 20+ year computing vet and now an industry guy (manage data center engineers at a major banking data center), I have seen MS-DOS evolve. I went through the various Windows flavors (3.1 being the first I owned), from 95, to 98, to 98 Second Edition, to ME, to XP, to Vista and now Windows 7 (why they change the naming scheme so much, I don't know). I also play around with various Linux flavors as well.

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  • Wireless -N (linksys)
I am one of those people who never really found an issue with Vista. I know Apple has their cute "I'm a Mac" commercials but they are just flat our misleading marketing if you know anything about OS's. They are geared to the unknowing masses. Vista was much more stable on release then many of the previous versions of Windows. Windows ME comes to mind. As of SP2, Vista was a well oiled machine running quite well for me. But, my curious mind led me to buying a cheap upgrade disk to Windows 7 x64. 64 bit is the way to go these days, for sure.

Some thoughts:
PROS
  • Not a radical departure from Vista's interface. It's easy to find everything
  • snap windows are fantastic, especially with a widescreen monitor
  • the new taskbar is great. It finally removes the cluttered open window bars and actually lets you rearrange the icons!
  • wireless networking for dummies...may help some novices
  • Most Vista drivers work with 7
  • snappier load times
CONS
  • It's a new OS and does have some unstable moments. In my case, a certain game crashed constantly and actually caused the first BSOD (blue screen of death) I have seen on my PC since Windows ME. Same game with same hardware ran great under Vista.
  • Really not much of an upgrade over Vista. XP users may finally be enticed to upgrade and should gain the most. Think of it like buying a car. Let's say you bought the 2007 Ford Focus, and then traded it in for the 2008 only to find that they just added a few colors and a new floor mat to that year's model...
  • Microsoft makes it expensive and difficult to upgrade (activation limits, etc.)
So, my initial thoughts are that like any new OS, you should wait a number of months so hardware drivers can mature and Microsoft can iron out the kinks. XP users will benefit the most from the upgrade as XP is starting to look dated. Vista users don't have to fret much. In fact, if you bought Vista, you may be disappointed if you plop down money on 7.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: Brief Windows 7 review

I got in on the pre-sale for $50 for upgrade disk, ultimate 64bit. So far I like it, haven't had any driver issues yet.

Best thing is you can do a clean install with the upgrade disk.
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I had Vista Ultimate x64 and it was horrible I always had trouble with drivers and system crashes. So when Windows 7 came out I immediately bought it, and I am glad I did. I haven't had a problem since and all of the stuff that didn't work with Vista now works. There is only one driver that is currently unavailable until Jan. and that is a driver for my wireless printer. No big deal really, I just have to use it wired. I bought the Home Premium x64 instead of the Ultimate this time, but it is by far the best OS I have used.
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I got in on the pre-sale for $50 for upgrade disk, ultimate 64bit. So far I like it, haven't had any driver issues yet.

Best thing is you can do a clean install with the upgrade disk.
Yeah that is awesome. I had to do a clean install, for some reason it didn't like going from Vista Ultimate to 7 Home Premium. I was sweating when it said I needed to do a clean install and all I had was an upgrade disk. So I said what the hell, let's give it a try. Viola it works.
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Thanks for the heads-up, Hammer. I beta-tested Win7 for a few weeks earlier this year and it was buggy as hell - numerous drivers didn't work and my firewall crapped the bed. Other than that, it doesn't look any different than Vista, but it loads much faster and XP users will like it. I will be upgrading both of my machines (desktop and laptop) to Win7 Ultimate at some point - as you know, I work in IT as well and I get a free upgrade. The only thing holding it up right now is making sure our backup client works with it, as my laptop gets backed up at work every day. And I've never really had a problem with Vista either - it's been very stable since the day I installed it. The only BSOD I've had was caused by a HDD failure.
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I've got to say, I've got two computers with Vista and never had any problems with it. I really don't understand why people were so butthurt over it. So I'm probably going to wait until the next time I build a new machine to go for WIndows 7; otherwise I'd just be wasting money.
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Thanks.... I work out of my home office most of the time and I will be in the market for an additional computer in a few months.... hopefully 7 will be running a lot smother by then...
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Our laptop came with Vista and it's running fine with no problems, but both my work and home PC's are running XP. I ran 98 until i was sure XP was solid and stable, and I won't switch until I'm sure 7 is at least as stable as XP.

I do think it's comical to see Apple still trying to run with the ole "Windows always crashes" line....Mac's crash and are just as unstable as PC's (both practically never do). It's all just reputation at this point...and Apple NEEDS to keep the perception of better reliability to justify their 50%+ higher price points for all the exact same stuff...
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I love Windows 7. I have had no issues with it, only with my peripherals being slow to update their drivers. There is a way to trick Windows 7 into running an upgrade without having to do a fresh install. I can't find the thread I used to do it, but I'm sure a google search will turn up something.
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Windows 7 crashed my VIC-20. Had to switch over to the TRS-80 and it crashed too.
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