Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 01:42 pm
I don't buy every new goody that comes down the pike, but Windows 7is sneaking up on me. I'd like to hear some opinions. For example:

Is it a sufficient improvement on Windows XP (I skip over Vista deliberately; that was a crazy aberration) to warrant buying by a home user?

Are there an awful lot of bells and whistles that slow it down? speed it up?

Does it provide usefully new features?

Is it easy to navigate?

What's your take?
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Ragman
 
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 01:48 pm
@Tomkitten,
I jsut shopped for a laptop computer with it. At least by Oct. 23rd when Toshiba laptops come out with Win 7, I'll own one and be using it.

However, I can't advise about changing over/buying it for an older computer with XP or Vista .

It is far more efficient than Vista (total bloated waste of space), has the 'look and feel' of Vista, and is analagous to a more enhanced XP OS.
rhymer
 
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 02:06 pm
@Ragman,
I've installed it and must say that it is great!
I have seen on the web that 86% of xp users intend to move to it as and when able to.
It seems faster, more informative and helpful when you can't do what you want to do, and contains the 'nice' features of vista. You can easily make UAC behave the way you want it to.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 02:06 pm
@Tomkitten,
The following info will help you understand more about what features Windows 7 has and what weren't included.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7
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Ragman
 
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 02:13 pm
@Tomkitten,
"Figures released by Amazon.co.uk in the UK show that pre-orders of Windows 7 in the first eight hours of its availability surpassed the demand for Windows Vista in its first 17 weeks.

CNet gives Windows 7 Home Premium a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, stating that it "is more than what Vista should have been, [and] it's where Microsoft needed to go."

My previous psot should have read "...is analagous to a more well thought-out or enhanced Win Vista OS that boots up and shuts down far more efficiently.
It is more 'user-centric.'
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Tomkitten
 
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 03:50 pm
Thanks for the link, Ragman. I went there and found the survey informative. I question the deletion of the Start Menu. According to Wikipedia, Microsoft says they dropped it because "it's time to move on." That's a pretty superficial reason; change for the sake of change, without any improvement is not usually a wise move. The article on Start Menu didn't indicate any advantage to this step.

I have Excel and find that there are a number of features and functions that used to be accessible directly, but that now require an extra step. Windows 7 seems to have the same problem.

However, complaining about something that takes 2 seconds as opposed to one second is probably foolish, and there do seem to be some good points. I'll do some more research, and would like to hear from more people.
roger
 
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 04:06 pm
@Tomkitten,
I think MicroSoft got tired of the jokes about using the Start button to Stop.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 21 Oct, 2009 08:27 am
@Tomkitten,
Are you aware that there is a MS site known as the Knowledge Base (KB)? Years ago, when I was in Tech Support and worked inm telecomm as a Tech Writer, I found that the users and experts there an incredible help. You don't have to be a techie to benefit from the info there, either.

"How to query the Microsoft Knowledge Base by using keywords and query words:" http://support.microsoft.com/kb/242450

"In Windows 7, you have much more control over the programs and files that appear on the Start menu. The Start menu is essentially a blank slate that you can organize and customize to suit your preferences."

"What's New with the Start Menu:"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Whats-new-with-the-Start-menu

"Windows 7 Solution Center"
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/windows7#tab1

"Getting Started with Windows 7:"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/getting-started

"Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7:"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-vista-to-windows-7


"Windows 7: Top Solutions:"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/top-solutions

"Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7" (text tutorial and video)
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7

For your entertainment pleasure, type in keywords "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor"

"Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor:"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/upgrade-advisor

"Program Compatibility Assistant: frequently asked questions:"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Program-Compatibility-Assistant-frequently-asked-questions
Tomkitten
 
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Reply Wed 21 Oct, 2009 09:52 am
@Ragman,
Ragman - Thanks for the links. I see where I'll be spending my afternoon.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 21 Oct, 2009 10:07 am
I'm perfectly content with win 95 and see no reason to change.
Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 22 Oct, 2009 03:18 pm
@Tomkitten,
You're very welcome. I'll be purchasing some equip't soon myself.
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Mame
 
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Reply Thu 22 Oct, 2009 04:52 pm
@dyslexia,
ha ha ha
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panzade
 
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Reply Thu 22 Oct, 2009 05:28 pm
@dyslexia,
Thanks for the laugh...I love ya Festus Laughing
Tomkitten
 
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Reply Thu 22 Oct, 2009 06:09 pm
@panzade,
I don't like what I read about the difficulty of installing 7 over XP. Apparently 7 was devised to progress seamlessly(?) with XP but which only 25% of Windows users have.
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drillersmum
 
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Reply Sun 3 Jan, 2010 07:28 am
It's now roughly 10 weeks since this thread was started, 22 Oct 09 and now it is 4 Jan 2010 down under, and I was looking for some more info about Windows 7 along the lines of what is mentioned here. If there is another thread which goes into more details re Windows 7, maybe someone will tell me about it. In the meantime, has anyone go any opinions on Windows 7 NOT having Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook?
From day 1, March 1999 I have used Outlook Express, so it's going to be a bit daunting not having OE with Win 7. For the ones who can't live without OE, are they able to download it for free or with a fee attached? Or is OE being phased out? ANY input re Win 7 would be appreciated. tks. drillersmum.
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