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What Do You Think of Windows 7

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    Wag The Dogposted 6 years ago

    So far, I like what I have seen and heard about the new Windows 7.  But what do you think?  Is it worth all the hype?

    I thought that I would like XP, but I don't.  Will Windows 7 be the cure?

    1. Karina S. profile image60
      Karina S.posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have been using it for 2 weeks and i like it, but i am not an expert.

      1. technocrates profile image61
        technocratesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I think my hub will help you out...and helps you to take the decision:

  2. Cirdon profile image60
    Cirdonposted 6 years ago

    I ran the Windows 7 release candidate for about six months (and my husband now runs the release version of Win7 Professional), and in my experience, as far as Windows OSes go, it's fantastic. It's actually the first version of Windows that I've seen that has actually been ready to go and runs well on release day (as opposed to running basically half-finished until at least Service Pack 1).

    Compatibility was never an issue. If it ran on Vista, it ran on 7, and if something didn't run natively, Microsoft has released program that comes with Professional and Ultimate that allows for it to run (XP virtual mode). This worked both with software (of which we were running even the ancient game Age of Empires II, albeit not the best quality in the world, thanks to the game itself not supporting the graphics capabilities of modern computers, but still very much playable) and drivers (of which I had stuff from several companies that made it clear they had no plans to write Win7 drivers until either it came out or there was enough demand for them).

    Win7 also does away with the "Playskool" look that XP had and is even, in my opinion, a step up from the visual look of Vista (I'm pretty sure the GUI programmers of Win7 played with Windows Presentation Foundation). It also has a resource footprint more comparable to XP than what Vista had. It still takes some more resources, thanks to the Desktop Window Manager (which can be killed to about the same end as Explorer), plus Explorer running, but is still nowhere near the resource hog that Vista was. (To give you an idea, my sister has a computer that is on the lower end of requirements for Vista and it showed...it ran like a dog. We upgraded (upgrade install, not fresh, mind you) her to Win7 and saw a hugely noticeable difference in performance.)

    And, just so you don't think I'm some sort of Windows fangirl after all this gushing, I'm not. I actually despise Microsoft as a company and currently exclusively run Linux on my primary computer. However, as I said, as Microsoft OSes go, this one is probably their best yet. It's not likely to convert people from Apple or Linux (especially if they converted away from Windows because of experience), but it will definitely fare more like Win2000 did and be an OS that actually has some longevity to it, as opposed to the embarrassing flops that were WinME and Vista.

  3. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    Having used Win7 on a friends computer several times now, I find it very fast and clean. I think it is the best ever from MS.

  4. Lily Rose profile image84
    Lily Roseposted 6 years ago

    I hosted a Windows 7 launch party and received and installed Windows 7 Ulitimate (for free).  I am not too technically inclined when it comes to computers, but I can say that it was a breeze to upgrade from Vista.  So far, I have had no problems and I like the look and ease of use very much.

    It's actually been easier for me to create my hubs with it's "snap" feature, allowing you to work with two windows side by side. I do that to copy and paste from Word right into my hubs and elsewhere.  I also like being able to "pin" frequently used programs or files to the taskbar. It has a lot of other "fun" features which are cool, but completely unnecessary.

    So far it's a big thumbs up for me.  Of course, it doesn't hurt that it was free.  Not sure if the benefits are worth the $219 it would cost for this OS - had I not received it for free I would probably have waited quite a while until the price drops or I'm ready for a new computer.

  5. RedSonja94 profile image61
    RedSonja94posted 6 years ago

    I bought a new laptop with Windows 7 and I love the look and speed.  It is fast.  My Vista on my desktop is slow compared to this OS.  It also has a lot of great features.  The only problem I have is that my printers won't load to Windows 7 so I have to use the desktop to print.  That kinda sucks, but I love the laptop and the Windows system.

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      mtsi1098posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Check the printer website they may have a Windows 7 driver to download and install

  6. Brian Leighton profile image73
    Brian Leightonposted 6 years ago

    I think it is a step in the right direction after the Vista failure.

    I am running 3 versions of Windows (XP, Vista & 7) currently and Windows 7 is by far the fastest and can really take advantage of the latest hardware developments. However, as with Vista, 3rd party manufacturers are slow to support with native Windows 7 drivers.

  7. cmstretton profile image59
    cmstrettonposted 6 years ago


    I have used Windows 7 in an enterprise environment and home user environment and may I say this is a really good O/S the stability of windows xp but the nice looks and userbility of windows vista.

    Microsoft Let me tell you I agree it is a good step forward. I also am planning on completing the exam in this operating system.

  8. jpbaugh profile image84
    jpbaughposted 6 years ago

    I have yet to have any extensive interaction with Windows 7 as of yet, but from everything I'm hearing from both my technical and non-technical friends alike, it is the best incarnation of the Windows OS yet.

    I'm looking forward to it.

  9. pylos26 profile image76
    pylos26posted 6 years ago


  10. gary777g profile image79
    gary777gposted 6 years ago

    I like it.  Cool features.  Lots of stuff I will never use...  But it works and is very easy to use.

  11. itcoll profile image60
    itcollposted 6 years ago

    i had tried the beta version earlier [i think it was a release candidate or something] and it was definitely cool when compared to the vista.but i am not sure if it is better than xp.

  12. platinumOwl4 profile image43
    platinumOwl4posted 6 years ago

    I have not used it yet. However, I really can't see the need to upgrade from xp what else can a software do. I use my computer for archiving Music windows98se was stable and fast enough for that purpose. The new operating system seem to take control of you computer, constantly updating something>

  13. Pr0metheus profile image59
    Pr0metheusposted 6 years ago

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  14. Wytchewoode profile image52
    Wytchewoodeposted 6 years ago

    Why use Windows at all?

    Switch to the more stable, lighter, faster, equally user friendly and most secure OS that is Gnu/Linux.

    Software? There is more free software published under the auspices of the Open Source movement than expensive proprietary software, equally stable, secure and free built by a community of real people who care about principle not profit.

    Take a look at Gnu/linux, Open Source options and the Free Software Foundatin.

    Join the revolution!!!

  15. tobey100 profile image61
    tobey100posted 6 years ago

    At this point I'm holding the same opinion of windows 7 as I did after I 'tried' to start using Vista exclusively.  It sounds like a good upgrade but, as I've always said, how excited can you get about a product you install then apply 56 patches to insure it works properly?  To me its been like buying a car off the showroom floor and being told you can't actually drive it home today, we have to make 40 or 50 repairs before it'll run right.

  16. articleposter profile image60
    articleposterposted 6 years ago

    I am currently running Windws 7 and am yet come across any softwares / hardware that cant run on that. So its looking very good so far.

  17. aperturering profile image83
    apertureringposted 6 years ago

    I've been using it for about 6 months and love it. I have it on several of my computers and it runs great on all of them. I particularly love it on my TouchSmart. The improvements they made for touchscreens and multi-touch are wonderful.

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    Tyler Hendricksonposted 6 years ago

    I also just loaded Windows 7 onto my computer, it is by far the most efficient and cleanest operating system I have ever used. Definately prefer Windows 7 to the Mac operating systems.

  19. GUNDERSTONE profile image79
    GUNDERSTONEposted 6 years ago

    It is definitely an improvement over Windows Vista.

    When Vista first came onto the scene there were all kind of issues from hardware incompatibilities to software / driver issues.

    I am happy to see that the release of Windows 7 offered little to none of these legacy issues.

    I've heard some folks say "Windows 7 is what Windows Vista was supposed to be" - maybe so; I am glad for the end result which is a world of improvement over Vista and a huge jump forward in use and functionality from Windows XP

  20. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 6 years ago

    I run it for more than half a year if you count RC1, and I am pretty happy with it. I never used Vista, I went there straight from XP. smile

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      mtsi1098posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      good move big_smile

  21. The Phil profile image61
    The Philposted 6 years ago

    I love it. It works 2-3x faster than XP did on the same hardware. There are also many added gadgets and features that make computing easier and more convenient. The one I love the most is the snap feature (you can quickly view two windows side by side).

  22. Cleanclover profile image61
    Cleancloverposted 6 years ago

    It's the best get it now!

  23. jerryjeng profile image59
    jerryjengposted 6 years ago

    I'm python programmer and I do not use Windows usually, but tried Windows 7 once, and I can say that this is the best, what Microsoft ever done. Looks like real useable operating system.

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    AdviceDoctorposted 6 years ago

    I think it's shit. It doesn't work. My office computer has Windows 7, and it's horse shit. I don't reccommend it.

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    owner_2posted 6 years ago

    I don't recommend Windows 7 .Windows XP is the best till now.It is fast and easy to modify as per your use.

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      ssc73posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Windows 7 blows XP away. I have both OS, 7 on a laptop and XP on a desktop. I downgraded from Vista on the desktop and my desktop has better, faster hardware and the laptop still blows it away. The laptop had Vista on it before.

      Maybe your hardware is the problem??

      I haven't used my desktop much at all since getting 7. I haven't had the chance to migrate the desktop and was waiting to make sure no issues. There was only one with Nvidia usb/chipset drivers for devices. It's been patched, no other problems. And even when there are, the compatibility mode works great for using older software/drivers.

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    shinujohn2008posted 6 years ago

    its ok. thats only

  27. XpertLayman profile image60
    XpertLaymanposted 6 years ago

    It is certainly the best, most practical of the Windows family. Its clean, light, fast and simple. It also has kick ass Aero features! 

    I am no expert, but that is the point. Most users are not. One should not create products for of this nature when most of your target market will be the laity.

    Here's what I think: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Laymans-gui … -Christmas

  28. Henrietta Chloe profile image62
    Henrietta Chloeposted 6 years ago

    I still love Windows XP so I probably won't be upgrading anytime soon. I do have it on my office computer and it's definitely better than Vista. When the time comes for Microsoft to end support for Windows XP, that's the time I'd get it.

  29. Kaminari profile image60
    Kaminariposted 6 years ago

    The only thing I can say - it outgoes Vista completely. Still, I can't say I'm too satisfied due to capacity issues.

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      ssc73posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      capacity issues?? It doesn't take up much more space than xp, less than Vista and you can eliminate a lot of software you would need for xp. So I don't see how capacity is an issue??

      Unless you are talking about something other than actual hdd capacity??

  30. bojanglesk8 profile image61
    bojanglesk8posted 6 years ago

    I dunno lol

  31. apricotmousse profile image57
    apricotmousseposted 6 years ago

    I love the speed and graphics. I just bought a laptop with windows 7. Great.

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    mtsi1098posted 6 years ago

    I do not run Windows 7 but the machines I have worked on it seems very good...

  33. Kmadhav profile image60
    Kmadhavposted 6 years ago

    Hi I found a good blog about windows 7 sharing useful information in new Operating system.


  34. technocrates profile image61
    technocratesposted 6 years ago

    Reasons why Windows 7 is better then any other windows OS:

    1. Boots Faster Than Vista
    When tested with identical configuration and software packages, Windows Vista took 37 seconds to boot from boot screen to log in screen. There Windows 7 took only 27 seconds, exactly the same as our good ol' bugged buddy Windows XP but with many more features.

    2. Battery Life and Wireless Connectivity Optimization
    Windows 7 is supremely optimized for battery conditions and process management. It manages wireless radios better allowing them to drop below 100% power draw while managing the connection. The effort behind OS kernel is also evident. The CPU can sometimes run at a lower frequency and stay idle for long. This results are a minimum of 11%-15% better battery life for Windows 7 compared to Vista.

    Windows 7 automatically searches for and installs drivers for new hardware. Against: The previously mentioned problem of needing a clean install for XP to Windows 7 upgrades.

  35. technocrates profile image61
    technocratesposted 6 years ago

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  36. Mieka profile image80
    Miekaposted 6 years ago

    After using Windows xp and vista, I lost my mind. It's always bloody freezing. After about a year the whole system is superslow, and I get really frustrated. I have a second-hand macbook now. It's 4 years old and has never frozen on me, never does anything weird and I absolutely love it!!!

    1. technocrates profile image61
      technocratesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Try Windows 7, you will definitely get the good experience from the same...It is far better what microsoft has produced so far...

  37. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    Still running Xp but love Windows 7.

  38. servers profile image60
    serversposted 6 years ago

    I personally don't consider interface changes like the new taskbar and libraries to be 'gigantic changes' in any respect - the Taskbar changes are nice, but seem to be to be small evolutionary improvements to the existing Vista taskbar features; similarly the Libraries feature, while a nice evolution of the existing new Vista sort capabilities, again is not something that is dramatically going to change the way people use Windows in my opinion.

    For example I consider the Instant Search feature in Windows Vista to be a fantastic feature and one of the major reasons I wouldn't and couldn't switch back to XP. The way it's neatly incorporated into the interface and helps me access any file or feature from the Start button is phenomenal. Yet even after demonstrating it to people, many XP users are underwhelmed and simply say that "I already know where all my files are". So a great feature, some might even see a 'gigantic change', introduced in Vista to allow quicker access to, as well as better search of, all types of files, is rapidly dismissed in a very casual and thoughtless way by many XP users. I feel Windows 7's new features will similarly be brushed aside.

    I believe many users will insist that they won't upgrade until Windows becomes "faster". This sentiment is of course fueled by various blog articles by tech illiterates who will run dubious 'benchmarks' trying to capitalize on Windows 7 hype, saying things like "Windows 7 is slower than Vista", or as we've seen, "Windows 7 is Vista SP2" (as though that's a bad thing). People seem less concerned over features than they do over speed, and of course it's very difficult for newer OSes with newer features, additional support for various new technologies and new protection mechanisms to then also be faster than an OS from 2001. That's like comparing Windows XP to Windows 3.1 - 3.1 will always win in the speed stakes.

  39. Johnvincent profile image60
    Johnvincentposted 6 years ago

    I loaded Windows 7 onto my computer a few weeks ago and have been liked what I have seen so far but time will tell as with all new software. So far it looks a lot better than vista which is not too hard to do.

  40. cc3456 profile image61
    cc3456posted 6 years ago

    Windows 7 is great - i have it on all my computers and it works a treat. Much better than Vista. It doesn't slow any apps down for me either.

  41. waynet profile image46
    waynetposted 6 years ago

    Windows are the same the world over, great to see out of and open when you are too hot in the house, windows 7 seems okay but the other windows in the house all look the same!

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      ssc73posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      So Windows 7 and Windows 3.1 are the same?? It's ok not to like the mega$$ OS. But saying there have been no changes or features added is very short sighted.

      They could still work on some of the bloat in start-up as far as services and processes go but it is pretty easy to adjust the ones you can. It would also be nice to have better access to some OS components that are completely hidden but is understandable why not.

      And I do use freeware whenever possible. I also have a version of Linux and more recently Google Chrome OS on VHD. I use Chrome for testing right now. And Linux primarily for when I just got plain irritated with XP or Vista or when I want to work on app development.

      But since the RC of 7 and even more since they fixed the USB/Nvidia patch, I find myself using the Linux dist less and less. And before this recent version, I was planning to eventually go straight open source.

      And I gotta admit, it's painful to say but 7 has been a huge winner so far with me, as anti-M$ as I am!!

  42. grammarchecker profile image60
    grammarcheckerposted 6 years ago

    I gave Vista about a week on my new laptop before I upgraded to Win 7 RC. For me, the difference in performance was night and day. I don't know if it was because Vista was still shuffling all my files or what, but it was really slow.
    Windows 7 is like butter, strictly butter baby.

  43. skyfire profile image74
    skyfireposted 6 years ago

    I've no reason to upgrade to Windows 7 as of yet. Not sure but after June 2010, i might switch as there will be new version of some adobe products.

  44. khmohsin profile image60
    khmohsinposted 6 years ago

    Windows 7 is great, it is a major upgrade very similar to an upgrade of XP from Win 98.

  45. papigogy profile image61
    papigogyposted 6 years ago

    not so light as XP for the requirement, but i like 7. i like both for my everyday activity.

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    Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago

    I use windows at work to enter data. I hate windows.
    I use a Mac at home. My son just bought me a beautiful white slim IMac.
    Macs have never crashed on me.
    Windows crashes at least once a day.

  47. ohox profile image61
    ohoxposted 6 years ago

    everybody love Win7. especially because win7 fix problems that come with vista. faster performance, fine GUI, better algorithm, and so on. when vista released, everybody still stick with their XP. now they love to move to 7. although, there is a lot of softwares that don't compatible with 7 yet.

    1. Steve 3.0 profile image61
      Steve 3.0posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      The windows 7 upgrade didn't cost much and I really like it.  Some of my photo editing programs, like auotpano pro used to be sluggish with vista but seem to work much faster with windows 7.

      The only problem I had was with my firewall but I changed to the PC tools free firewall and that works well with windows 7.

  48. Hejanny profile image61
    Hejannyposted 6 years ago

    It's a real beauty and powerful but I don't think it is as stable as XP (especially when I am at games). So most of the time I choose the XP when I boot up the computer.big_smile

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      laptopshop_N1987posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      A problem arose when I tried to install and use Outlook 2002 (I think) as my e-mail client with my old .pst file copied over to the new OS.  It would not save the account passwords, which turned out to be a known issue even back in Vista days.  Tried switching to Live Mail client.  Problem with deleting unwanted mails and multiple clients, so I said screw those apps and went to Gmail as my POP3/SMTP/gmail client and have had no problems.
      laptop gia re

  49. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
    GeneriqueMediaposted 6 years ago

    My step daughter stumbled acrossed a copy and installed it on her machine, looks pretty snazzy. I've used it a couple of times and find it to be overall much better than the mistake of Vista.

    And, with XP no longer supported by Microsoft--not to mention dropping support for Vista--looks like if you want to use Windows, it's the only Microsoft OS for you going forward.

    Good luck to them. Or maybe not. But still, I'm half way impressed.

  50. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 6 years ago

    MUCH BETTER THAN VISTA!!  - My husband was blaming his computer and not the operating system for all his troubles - when we trashed Vista and installed Windows 7 he became a new man - no more mumbling and swearing at his computer.