Windows 7 experience


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itzwolf

I've been running Windows 7 for well over a year and even from the Betas and RC it has been really solid. I even used it on one of my laptops I frequently tuned cars with. No issues what so ever. I really have to commend Microsoft as they really did a great job.

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unintentional

Speed(speed of everything in that matter, boot, shut down, programs, etc)

7 - Very fast, love it.

6

5 -- It's much better than I thought, but not as light as Ubuntu

4

3

2

1 - Extremelly slow, Lags a lot.

The looks

7 - Excellent, or don't really mind the looks.

6

5

4

3

2

1 - MS-DOS has better interface.

Overall

7 - Fantastic!

6 - A great OS, but it needs a lighter footprint and better hardware support

5

4

3

2

1 - Couldn't be worse.

Windows 7 is a great OS, but I'm really kind of annoyed that my fonts folder just went corrupt all of a sudden. No reason, modification, anything. I had to reinstall over an issue that is apparently popular.

I would recommend upgrading if you can afford it... *cough-torrent-cough*whistle.gif

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+E.Worm Jimmy

features and comparability are top notch. it finally does not need a special driver on disk to connect to internet with your motherboard controller!!! that was so annoying with xp.

install is a bit slow at first, but i guess, overall, it is faster then xp.

i love the windows 7

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Danny Guzman

I just want to say that I am glad I thought of Windows 7 and MS finally decided to hear me out and follow through with my ideas.

I love Windows 7 and I am glad I thought of it. :laugh:

Seriously though, I love this OS. No crashes, speed is great, no issues to deal with works right out of the box as one would say.

I can't shiet on MS anymore.

:alien:

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ManMountain

Only issue I have encountered is slow drawing of icons, that aside it's been one of the best OS's I've used.

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Simon.

7 for everything, but there's 2 features I would like: Multimonitor taskbar and support for other compression formats besides ZIP.

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nivrid05

Win 7 is better than XP on speed and way much better than vista on stability .... overall 6/7

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Guest xiphi

Only issue I have encountered is slow drawing of icons, that aside it's been one of the best OS's I've used.

What A/V do you have installed?

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ManMountain

Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Guest xiphi

Microsoft Security Essentials.

That's probably what's causing the icons to load slow. Exclude the Windows Explorer process and it should fix it. It did for my machine.

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Kralik

I have x64 Ultimate..

Installation: 6 - I need Windows Update to find some drivers for my notebook

Compatibility: 5 - My Benq phone and some other hardware drivers just aren't there

Features: 5 - It has almost everything but somethings just aren't very good.. like the Disk Management is not as good as GParted IMO..

Speed: 6 - Way better than XP and Vista but not as good as Linux and Windows 2000

Looks: 6 - Almost perfect!

Overall: 6 - The best Windows yet!

And I'll add one more..

Stability: 6 - Excellent!

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SakuraKira

WINDOWS 7, HOME PREMIUM (Upgraded from Vista), 64 BIT

How was installation?

- 6, I chose this because, while it was fast, there were times (several minutes) where the progress bar just sat there. I know it was doing things in the background, but not having any indication of that made me worry it had stalled.

How is compatibility?

- 6, I chose this because Dragon Age has an issue with crashing in Windows 7 (64 bit), but that is the only program issue I have had. Even Photoshop 7.0 works!

The features

- 7, I don't need a lot of bells and whistles, so I'm happy with the features.

Speed

- 7, yay!

The looks

- 7, yay! Minor improvements over Vista like removing the teal glass on window borders, and toning down the other teal to be more blue (less green) is nicer on the eyes. I sometimes miss the appearance of the Vista task bar though. Icons are lovely, and the tray icons are fantastic. The evolution of the UI from XP, Vista, and now 7 has seen several improvements over each release, all for the better.

Overall

- 7, Fantastic!

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ManMountain

Thanks xiphi, I excluded explorer and it has improved things :)

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twaern

Speed(speed of everything in that matter, boot, shut down, programs, etc)

6

The looks

7 - Excellent, or don't really mind the looks.

Overall

7 - Fantastic!

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Gerowen

64 bit install dvd didn't support my hard drive out of the box, so I had to go into my BIOS and change it from AHCI to "Compatability" before it would actually boot the installation disc. I kept getting a BSOD. Once I got it going though it's pretty nice, just gotta get my Toshiba specific stuff installed since this machine came with Vista. Also I paid $310 USD for Windows 7 Ultimate and apparently I can't use it on my computer and my wife's at the same time, when I tried to activate hers it said that I couldn't use my license key any more...

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Celtic Pride

64 bit install dvd didn't support my hard drive out of the box, so I had to go into my BIOS and change it from AHCI to "Compatability" before it would actually boot the installation disc. I kept getting a BSOD. Once I got it going though it's pretty nice, just gotta get my Toshiba specific stuff installed since this machine came with Vista. Also I paid $310 USD for Windows 7 Ultimate and apparently I can't use it on my computer and my wife's at the same time, when I tried to activate hers it said that I couldn't use my license key any more...

Beginning with Vista, Windows 7 supports AHCI. Not sure what happened.

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Gerowen

Just installed a list of Windows updates as well as Office 2007, now it refuses to boot except in Safe Mode...I just get a BSOD and then the machine powers off. It doesn't restart, just powers off altogether. This is a legit copy of 7 that I just got from Best Buy.

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Night Prowler

It seems great to me so far 7 or near it for all options other than the new taskbar. It needs work. ;)

(No, I'm not arguing about the taskbar here, there's already threads about it. :D))

They need to scarp the whole Windows 7 thing and revive Vista...

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Lamp0

I can't say I am blown away by windows seven some changes and the lack of customization in some areas just seems brainless.

I don't understand why Libraries are forced on the user. Why can't I have the start menu links such as "my music" actually go to the "my music" folder? And why can't I create a link pinned to the taskbar that goes straight into my user folder rather than Libraries. For users like me who have no use for libraries what so ever, I should be able to turn them off. I mean did it never cross their minds that maybe someone might not want to use libraries.

It's little things like this that make me want to go back to Vista.

Like when I search, if I want to go a particular files location the option is second from the bottom of the context menu, it should be at the top.

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+jamwheat

WinXP use to be my favorite. Liked it better than Vista. Now, I have Windows 7 32bit and 64bit (TV tuner doesn't have 64bit drivers, but works on 32bit Win7). I still have XP Pro installed on this newer system, but mainly use Win 7 now. I really like the way it works, as it does what I need, without the problems Vista seemed to throw in at times. Overall, I am very pleased with it, but still playing with various Linux installs on a 4th hard drive just for kicks.

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Jen Smith
I don't understand why Libraries are forced on the user. Why can't I have the start menu links such as "my music" actually go to the "my music" folder? And why can't I create a link pinned to the taskbar that goes straight into my user folder rather than Libraries. For users like me who have no use for libraries what so ever, I should be able to turn them off. I mean did it never cross their minds that maybe someone might not want to use libraries.

Those are the two things that I disliked about Windows 7. Other than that, XP and Vista are dead and buried as far as I'm concerned.. couldn't pay me to go back to either. Fortunately, there's some easy ways to get around these two issues.

First, the music, pictures, documents and videos on the start menu; you can edit the registry to have them point to your personal directory instead of the library. Obviously, be damned careful editing the registry. You should probably export the following subkeys so you have an easy way to revert the changes in case you want to for whatever reason.

In the registry, navigate to the following location; all the changes are done in subkeys from here.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\

Now, find the menu subkey that you wish to change:

Documents - {7b0db17d-9cd2-4a93-9733-46cc89022e7c}

Music - {2112AB0A-C86A-4ffe-A368-0DE96E47012E}

Pictures - {A990AE9F-A03B-4e80-94BC-9912D7504104}

Videos - {491E922F-5643-4af4-A7EB-4E7A138D8174}

Inside each of these keys is an entry called "ParsingName". Change this entry exactly as shown! You want two colons at the beginning, and a closing brace at the end. No spaces anywhere. Copy carefully.

Documents - ::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\\{FDD39AD0-238F-46AF-ADB4-6C85480369C7}

Music - ::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\\{4BD8D571-6D19-48D3-BE97-422220080E43}

Pictures - ::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\\{33E28130-4E1E-4676-835A-98395C3BC3BB}

Videos - ::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\\{18989B1D-99B5-455B-841C-AB7C74E4DDFC}

Once you've changed the ones you want,log off and back in, and you'll see the changes. (You can probably just kill and restart explorer too.) Thats it, your start menu is now pointing to your personal directories and not the libraries.

You can pin other locations to your taskbar too. Make a shortcut on your desktop, the location being Explorer "C:\Program Files\Whatever\" or whatever path you want; note the quotes as you need that to surround the spaces in the path name. Give it whatever icon you want, and pin it anywhere. Only drawback with this one is that it won't stack the icons nicely with other opened Explorer windows.. haven't worked that one out yet, but I don't usually keep Explorer pinned anyway, I use desktop icons for that, just what I'm used to.

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Lamp0

Thanks for that!

I actually figured out by just right clicking on the explorer pin in my taskbar and then right click on "windows explorer", within the jumplist, to "properties" i can change the location to where ever.

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Bengal34

You don't need to do anything special to get specific folders pinned to the taskbar. I have explorer pinned to it and using the jump list I have all my common file locations on it. Just right click on the folder and drag it onto the task bar.

EDIT:// Crap, I didn't see that you found the right-click feature... and now I can't figure out how to delete this post.

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Lamp0

You don't need to do anything special to get specific folders pinned to the taskbar. I have explorer pinned to it and using the jump list I have all my common file locations on it. Just right click on the folder and drag it onto the task bar.

EDIT:// Crap, I didn't see that you found the right-click feature... and now I can't figure out how to delete this post.

I don't know if you were talking about the same thing. I didn't want to to right click to have to avoid the libraries, instead I changed the default location of the explorer pinned to my taskbar, so I just click and launch straight into my user folder.

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Code149

Working well for me.It's pretty fast, has a sleek and pretty UI...and well in a word, great!

But as with any great software, there comes one or two issues.After all there's no such thing as perfect software.

The more annoying and prominent one being the blasted Windows Update that often wants me to restart the computer to install updates.Well, that's an ancient problem and it's a shame that they haven't sorted it out throughly.

The less obvious and trivial bug is that of Windows Media Player.Switch to the Now Playing mode and click anywhere within the player window besides the playlist.Yeah, the window loses focus as though you clicked outside the player window.

Also the fact that I haven't figured how to make Live Hotmail(or any other web mail service for that matter) my default e-mail app is really bugging me.Clicking any mailto link in and out of the web browser rises an error message saying that no default mail client is installed.Do I have to install an actual mai client to get around this problem?

I remember in Windows XP there was an option in Internet Options and Start Menu that let me set Hotmail as the default email handler.I think it was the same with Vista too.

Another problem being with the WMP library database.Every now and then a wizard pop up that's meant to fix the media player's currupted database.I went thru it pretty much every time it opened up, to no avail and also to the loss of many of my music files tags.

The last time I did it was yesterday and up until this moment it's going well.

All in all, thumbs up from me. :)

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