Friday, October 23, 2009

[News] Windows 7 Officially Here. Who’s Getting It?

Yesterday Microsoft officially released Windows 7.  For those who haven’t tried it, it’s a biggest improvement in the Windows dynasty since XP.  But many people still scorned about the release or forcible computer raping of their computers by Vista are still a little leery of Windows 7.  Windows Vista was not well received and never really caught on in the home or corporate arena.  Microsoft got severely burned by Vista as a result being forced to continue support of XP which was release in 2001.

I’ve been using Windows 7 for a couple of months now.  Note that I used Vista since release and XP since it’s release.  My general thoughts on Windows 7 are that it’s a massive leap for Windows kind.  On the same computer it actually improved in speed over XP and the stability to Vista isn’t even worth comparing.  Should you get it?  A big hell yes would be the answer.  It can breath new life into moderately older PCs and notebooks while increasing the functionality and use of new computers.  And finally Microsoft has done a useful improvement of graphical interface.  Biggest complaint for me was the taskbar which in my words was previously retarded.  You will want to check the minimum requirements that Microsoft provides to ensure that you can run Windows 7.  I can testify that my dated and previously sluggish AMD64 with 1.25 gigs of RAM happily runs Windows 7 as before would choke up in Vista routinely.  Go to the Windows 7 Requirements Page to see the specs needed.  They also on the same page also a an upgrade advisor that you can download.  It will do a scan of your software and hardware and spit out a detailed report as to what could and could not be a problem.  For example my results showed that my network port would be a problem.  It offered up a possible solution to that also which was to download the drivers before installing 7.  I downloaded the network driver, installed 7, patched the network driver and all was good. Couldn’t have been  more simple.

The video below is a quick CNN report of the release of Windows 7 and what people are saying about it.

What do you think?  Worth upgrading, wait it out or who cares?

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