The Definitive Review Of Windows 7

For roughly three weeks I have been using the finalized version of Windows 7 Ultimate, it was worth the wait to say the least. Microsoft has delivered on their promise; to deliver a light-weight, secure, and fast operating system. Everyone should upgrade to this new offering from Microsoft as soon as possible, you will thank me later. Read on to find out what makes Windows 7 worth the wait.

Desktop Win 7Review

The RTM – Build 7600

Microsoft has done an excellent job of keeping the familiarities of XP and Vista in Windows 7. If you have used a Windows machine in the last 8-10 years, you will have no problem migrating to Windows 7. Vista users will notice that the new user interface is not all that different from what they are used to, only that it has been refined and polished. Windows 7 also has some new features and innovations that succeed in making everyday tasks easier.

One of the major new innovations is the new taskbar. It has been made slightly bigger than in previous versions of Windows, it now has very nice functionality features added to it. The ability to pin programs and folders to the taskbar is one, it is similar to the quick launch in XP or Vista but it differs in some unique ways. One way it differs is the live thumbnail preview of any of the open windows.  The Jump List feature has been added which allows you to easily find commonly used files. Right click any program currently pinned to your taskbar and up comes a Jump List of your most used files. Over all the taskbar is very handy and easy to get used to, I use it every day and love it.

Taskbar

The new taskbar in action. Notice the live preview.

Another great feature about Windows 7 is the Aero enhancements.  Aero Peek, Snap, and Shake all help to make dealing with open windows even easier. Aero Peek is the ability to make all open windows transparent so you can see your desktop, the button is located in the far right hand corner of your desktop.

Aero Peek

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22 Responses to The Definitive Review Of Windows 7

  1. Gonza August 14, 2009 at 4:13 am #

    Nice review. I was wondering if you could make a list of compatible applications?. For example, Rhinoceros, 3dsmax, AutoCAD, Adobe CS3/CS4, etc.

    • firehawk August 14, 2009 at 4:37 am #

      that is the kindav thing you would do with wine in linux. Windows 7 is most likely campatible with any applications you are going to be using :p

      • linbetwin August 14, 2009 at 5:06 am #

        No, it’s the kind of list people made for Vista when it was launched. Did all your applications run on Vista from day one? How about drivers?

        Oh, and I have one question: Does 7 boot in 3 seconds? I seem to remember Ballmer promisin that Vista would do that, but no one remembers that promise. Perhaps because no one took it seriously.

        • mlinke August 14, 2009 at 8:34 am #

          Maybe not 3 seconds, but it’s a lot faster than XP.

          I’ve installed windows 7 on every computer I own (even ones supposedly well below the system reqs, like a 1.3ghz laptop with 768mb ram), and one of the first things that hit me was how much faster startup and shutdown were.

        • Anonymous November 2, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

          In short, yes; all my applications ran fine in Vista. How about drivers? They all worked too. The difference between XP and Vista is that in XP you needed a disc to install your drivers (in most cases), whereas in Vista Windows Update would grab them for you. Vista was a HUGE improvement over XP. If you didn’t like Vista, it’s because you jumped on the bandwagon right off the start and never gave it a chance.

      • Drewster August 14, 2009 at 5:11 am #

        Almost any. There are a few applications I’ve used for a couple now years back when I was still on XP. Most, if not all, work willing on 7 when I first install them. Only the few that don’t work correctly for me I can just use the Application Compatibility feature, set if to work under Windows XP, and it’s works brilliantly!

        It takes me, on a clean installation of Windows 7 on a ‘decent machine’, to boot in 20 seconds or so. I don’t mind the time though.

  2. S. August 14, 2009 at 6:00 am #

    I dislike libaries, it just doesn’t do what I expect it to do.

    • Everton August 14, 2009 at 6:34 am #

      I kind of agree, but I do like how you can separate out folders in W7MC e.g. I keep folder.jpg images in Server/Music/Album/ and with VMC if I added Server/Music to my library it would add the images to the Photos library. With W7MC I can add Server/Music to my Music Library, not to the overall library and this stops images appearing in the wrong place.

  3. Vinicius August 14, 2009 at 6:03 am #

    I believe Windows 7 will be a great OS, specially after Windows Vista fiasco. The only one problem with it is that it comes with IE.

    • Anonymous November 2, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

      wait….can’t you use IE to get another browser of your choosing? Oh that’s right, you can. So stop whining.

  4. Mustafa August 14, 2009 at 7:59 am #

    Very compelling review with almost all of the major Windows 7 features and nice screen shots :)

    I believe that Windows 7 is great and definitely the ‘best OS’ yet. I’ve been using the RTM for a while; It’s more stable than the RC, actually works (Vista didn’t) and the new taskbar is a joy to use!

    Would love to test Windows 8 as soon as its beta program starts. What to expect?

    • Sean Marshall August 14, 2009 at 8:37 am #

      thanks man, did you like that link to your article? man i cant wait to test windows 8. i think they need to overhaul the aero(like add way more features or redo the whole thing) and the ui, to something new and different. seven just feels alot like vista in terms of looks and use. no big deal. but for windows 8 microsoft should really change the way windows works all together. if it is gonna compete with whatever apple’s next new os is, and googles for that matter. it has got to be spectacular! come on windows 8…

      • Mustafa August 15, 2009 at 1:39 am #

        Yep, thank you very much!

        I hope Microsoft changes the interface in Windows 8. I’m getting bored of Aero. Plus, they should restore Dreamscenes, add a close button in the task switcher (ALT + TAB) and do a complete overhaul of Windows Explorer, etc. etc.

  5. Carlos August 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    Lol great taste in music.

  6. Joe Meeks August 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    Great article, Sean. I’ve been using RC7200 and love it except for it’s tendency to not wake or respond at all occasionally when hibernating. MS should have added a Power/Standby menu item to cover this “feature”:
    •Sleep
    •Hibernate
    •Dirtnap

    Again, great article. Looking forward to the official release in October.

  7. nomadewolf August 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    This is a very good review that focus on the best/new features of W7, but i think things aren’t all pink and good as this review tries to show…Almost every new feature could’ve easily been added in a vista service pack, or even by 3rd party developers…
    The only (noticeable) new feature is the boot time, which is indeed very good.
    Also, not so noticeable: less hard disk space, faster install time, less RAM consumption.
    The features W7 lacks that i, and many many users more, i’m sure were expecting:
    – Ability to choose what to install at install time
    – Better gaming performance
    With those to features, i think it would make perfectly sense for MS to make W7 a new OS. Without them, i think it should be just a service pack for Vista…

    As for the question if upgrading is worth or not, here’s my opinion:
    – If you have vista: NOT worth it (unless, very low specs)
    – If you have XP:
    – If your machine is a Single Core/slow machine: NOT worth it
    – If your machine is multi-core/medium to fast machine: totally WORTH IT

  8. nomadewolf August 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    This is a very good review that focus on the best/new features of W7, but i think things aren’t all pink and good as this review tries to show…Almost every new feature could’ve easily been added in a vista service pack, or even by 3rd party developers…
    The only (noticeable) new feature is the boot time, which is indeed very good.
    Also, not so noticeable: less hard disk space, faster install time, less RAM consumption.
    The features W7 lacks that i, and many many users more, i’m sure were expecting:
    – Ability to choose what to install at install time
    – Better gaming performance
    With those to features, i think it would make perfectly sense for MS to make W7 a new OS. Without them, i think it should be just a service pack for Vista…

    As for the question if upgrading is worth or not, here’s my opinion:
    – If you have vista: NOT worth it (unless, very low specs)
    – If you have XP:
    – If your machine is a Single Core/slow machine: NOT worth it
    – If your machine is multi-core/medium to fast machine: totally WORTH IT
    – If you’re buying a new machine: totally WORTH IT (unlike Vista)

    • Sean Marshall August 17, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

      7 is a better os than vista buy a far margin…7 is built to be light, and fast. Where vista was bogged down with excessive processes and pre installed crapware. 7 functions way better than vista in all areas including gaming! i think your single core line is way off. My wife’s lappy is a single core and i could tell a big difference in performance with seven over vista. just my two cents on your comment and thanks by the way!

  9. Sean Higgins October 29, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    this article pwns!

  10. Anonymous December 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    I dislike libaries, it just doesn’t do what I expect it to do.
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  11. jay shah April 19, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Hi in my laptop containing widows 7 home basic when we right click on screen there is no option of PERSONALISATION
    Plz tell me what to do…..

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