TechSpot: Windows 7 is Here - What You Need To Know

The much anticipated release of Windows 7 is finally upon us. This Thursday, October 22, Microsoft's latest operating system arrives on the scene looking to win over skeptics disappointed with the much-hyped but often criticized Windows Vista. Whereas its predecessor got off to a rough start with plentiful compatibility issues and incessant "allow or deny" prompts annoying users, Windows 7 represents a major leap forward and has generally been regarded as a snappier and more polished operating system.

We've been playing with it ever since the beta became available, and can honestly say that much of the hype is justified. Although Windows 7 is still very much the same as Vista at its core, hundreds of small improvements make it work more smoothly, easier to navigate and overall better looking than before. With few exceptions, compatibility isn't expected to be a major issue either.

In preparation for the launch this week, we thought it would be a good idea to run through a few things worth keeping in mind before taking the plunge. If you are thinking about going Windows 7, read on.

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I am officially a Win 7 addict. Im so thrilled. Just WOW!!!

And Apple... Just go and fuk off. Leave us alone. We Like our style!!!

FWIW did an upgrade install from Vista 32 SP2, along with a clean install of 7 64. The upgrade took a very, very long time, but pretty much everything worked, including apps that would not install (or install properly) from scratch. Of course mileage will vary, & if you want 7 64 & have Vista 32 you've no choice, but as when XP & Vista came out, an in-place upgrade can make sense if/when your existing stuff won't install fresh, or you're willing to trade a long install for fewer individual app installs.

Otherwise the Techspot article is IMHO fair -- there's just not a whole lot that's new about 7 to write about... like Vista a whole lot of everyday tasks are different than XP, but comparing 7 to Vista, not so much. It's almost like win98SE vs. the orig. win98.

morphen said,
Here is what you need to know; It rocks your socks of, and also, don't do a upgrade, do a clean install ;)

Clean install is the only way to go!!!

I cant wait to see 7 rolled out amongst all those PCs still using XP. XP is so old it's not funny but apparently most people have not been exposed to Vista thanks to netbooks and bad 'word of mouth'.

yeah, the 'bad word of mouth' seems to have buried Vista even though it's actually not a bad OS. as once i used Vista i would rather not go back to XP because of all the little things.

but i am on Winodws 7 x64 Home Premium and now there is just no reason to go back to XP or Vista.

AnthoWin said,
I cant wait to see 7 rolled out amongst all those PCs still using XP. XP is so old it's not funny but apparently most people have not been exposed to Vista thanks to netbooks and bad 'word of mouth'.


People won't abandon XP until Windows 8 or beyond, since Microsoft are still going to support it until April 2014.

akav0id said,
People won't abandon XP until Windows 8 or beyond, since Microsoft are still going to support it until April 2014.

Agreed. While XP might be long in the tooth, most people won't abandon it because it supports their legacy applications/equipment. I fail to see why people are so concerned about others running XP. Let them alone and worry about yourself. If it runs fine for them, so be it.

Tryckee said,
I fail to see why people are so concerned about others running XP. Let them alone and worry about yourself. If it runs fine for them, so be it. :)


You obviously aren't the support guy/gal in your family.

_dandy_ said,
You obviously aren't the support guy/gal in your family.

Sure I am. What does that have to do with anything? I certainly am not going to draw a blank on fixing something in XP all of a sudden because I'm running Windows 7. If it bothers you that much then don't be the support guy in your family. That makes no sense.

If it really bothers you that much, then pay to upgrade them and be done with it.

Tryckee said,
Sure I am. What does that have to do with anything? I certainly am not going to draw a blank on fixing something in XP all of a sudden because I'm running Windows 7. If it bothers you that much then don't be the support guy in your family. That makes no sense.

If it really bothers you that much, then pay to upgrade them and be done with it. :)

Not sure you got his point: with XP you're likely to be asked to deal with more problems than with 7.

AnthoWin said,
I cant wait to see 7 rolled out amongst all those PCs still using XP. XP is so old it's not funny but apparently most people have not been exposed to Vista thanks to netbooks and bad 'word of mouth'.

If/when Windows is set up properly I don't think many casual users see a huge difference running XP, Vista, or 7. Aero's nice & all, but after a few weeks they no longer notice. Most software runs about as fast on all 3 -- most casual users aren't going to be maxing out their 2 - 4x core CPUs. Many Audio hardware drivers work in XP, are unavailable or just recently work in Vista, & 7's unknown territory, so if users notice a difference in Vista/7, it's usually bad. Voice recognition, Media Center, & the tablet stuff are nice, but how many actually use that stuff?... many don't even know it exists.

Kirkburn said,
Not sure you got his point: with XP you're likely to be asked to deal with more problems than with 7.

Really? I don't think it matters what OS most "family" use. The number one problem I have with family members is them getting virus/malware infections. And Microsoft has addressed that with the release of MSE, which works on XP. Whether XP, Vista or 7, if they're going to cause problems, they're going to cause problems no matter what OS they use. I don't foresee less problems with Windows 7. In fact, they're likely to be more because it's a brand new OS.

The overall point is that whining about what OS someone uses because you're infatuated with another, isn't going to have any overall effect on that person if they are comfortable using XP. All software and hardware currently released work on XP. So why should they change? If you want them to change, then pony up the dollars and be done with it.

give it time, XP was like that, Vista was and now7. people need to be calm and not fly off the handle.

I think 7 will have lesser issues and MS has opened up to companies unlike the last time

7 should have less issues because it builds heavily on Vista, so anything that works for Vista WILL work for Windows 7. That is 3 years of extra time for hardware manufacturers to catch up compared to Vista.