What’s Going Wrong With Windows 7?

iYogi, one of the worlds fastest growing on-demand tech services companies has tracked down the top 10 issues Windows users have experienced since they have upgraded to Windows 7. They carried out a survey on 100,000 people across a range of its services such as customer care, online care and forums.grey Whats Going Wrong With Windows 7? Don’t forget you can always use our Forums for any problems you may have.

The most reported problem among iYogi users was the actual process of upgrading to Windows 7 itself. 31% are experiencing problems with the Windows 7 installation, or the related application and data migration. While this is a concern for Microsoft, it is fixable and thankfully we aren’t been brought back to the days when we struggled to upgrade to Windows Vista. The Windows 7 upgrade process over all does seem to be faster and smoother than Windows Vistas.

But we also have to bear in mind that the large majority of users who will upgrade to Windows 7, will do so by means of buying a new computer ( About 95% ), and not an in place upgrade. So this problem won’t affect too many of Microsoft’s customers. Also Microsoft are doing everything they can to provide support for the upgrade process and are offering resources via phone, e-mail and even Twitter.

The second biggest problem for Windows users is found among 26% of users surveyed by iYogi, and this problem occurred after the upgrade had been completed. They were confused as to the where abouts of the Windows programs they were familiar with, such as Windows Mail and Movie Maker. Well now these are all available as a Windows Live Essentials package which consists of ( Windows Live Versions of Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Toolbar and Family Safety ).

However this package does not come pre-installed with Windows 7 anymore, but Microsoft have said they’re offering a download link for the suite. The link isn’t particularly prominent, but it does come up (“Go online to get Windows Live Essentials”) if you search on Windows 7 for any of the missing applications. Still, the extra step of having to download and install the applications was too much for some consumers.

The next issue for consumers is trouble with the Aero effects in Windows 7, similar to what happened with Windows Vista.14% have trouble with the Aero theme not running, this is generally caused by out of date drivers but more commonly these days its poor graphic cards on old PC’s. As a result, Windows results back to the default Windows Basic theme which works just as well, but doesn’t look as well.

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11 Responses to What’s Going Wrong With Windows 7?

  1. SSmith December 14, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    It seems to me that the two largest percentage items are easily avoidable:

    Most of the installation problems come from people upgrading, most likely, and OS’ should be clean installed or you can expect problems.

    Missing appelates or components are probably those that can be downloaded from Windows Live.

  2. Anonymous December 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Aero Snap can become extremely frustrating at times, and there is no option to turn it off without also turning off the keyboard shortcuts for it…
    I was actually looking at this Taskbar/”überbar” the other day and yes I have fallen victim to what is a pinned running program and what is a program not pinned… Maybe in Windows 8 they should have some sort of a splitter, applications pinned on the left, open apps on the right.
    Other than that the only other issue I have seen is my screen really distorts when I am starting Windows, exiting out of a full screen app. These things happen about twice a day and changing the resolution back and forth seems to fix it.

    • thedicemaster December 18, 2009 at 11:48 am #

      this “splitter” is how it used to be, with quicklaunch.
      i’m glad they got rid of that.

      besides is it really that hard to see whether an icon is just an image or an image on a button?

      i do have my own problem though, virtualisation.
      you need to do some un/reinstalling to get a working virtualPC if your CPU/MB doesn’t support VT
      while most of win7′s virtualPC eatures(including most of XPmode) works fine without VT on VMware

  3. Scott December 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    I have no problems with Windows 7 since the first day I installed it on my Windows Vista PC. I don’t get what’s with the problems other people face while I have no problem at all with Windows.

  4. Anonymous December 14, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    i have done a clean install of windows 7 home premium on an olser laptop and have had no issues…maybe its the amount of tec experiace that people kave , dictate these problems with the software

  5. Simon December 15, 2009 at 2:06 am #

    Have installed on 3 machines now. Most recently on an old machine with limited specs which has been, for 7 years now, running XP and which had struggled to run Vista. Was hoping it might be, at best, ‘usable’ wirth W7 but was pleasantly surprised to se no loss of performance…I even suspect it might be a little faster with W7. I have had only one minor issue – Media Centre seems a little buggy on one installation (an Acer laptop – fine on other 2) – occasionally freezes.

  6. Gabriel Ortiz December 15, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    I have had no problems going from XP to Windows 7. I think many of these problems happen because they are upgrading from old PC’s. I think Windows 7 is fast and doing a great job, and so far the only small annoying thing is the UAC, but then again it’s a great security feature, so I have no real complaints.
    =D

  7. Steve December 15, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    Windows 7 still has its little bugs here and there but it’s the best operating system Micro$oft has ever released and the people who are having problems with it are the same people who stare intently at their keyboards looking for the any key or use Tip-Ex on their screen to delete words from their word documents.

  8. Angry European December 16, 2009 at 3:39 am #

    Probaply most retarded thing in list is missing applications. They are missing because EU in its infinite wisdom decided that it would HELP consumers if they are missing. Seriously this is fine example how small group, in this case some freetards, can make so much noise that goverment idiots jump in and basicly cause more harm to consumers than good. I personally like that they aren’t there but they could be just something that you can uninstall if not needed. Most likely browser ballot will also cause lot of trouble in users, again something that only small group wanted without any true evidence.

  9. Lettecia87 September 14, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    i seems to be having problems with window 7 ultimate, some technician suggest me to downgrade it to window 7 home premium. Is it the problem with my processor because i have 4GB of ram, so i don’t understand what is wrong? it makes my computer lag as well!

  10. alberto September 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    i just bought a sony laptop with windows 7 its THE BEST i heard that if you want to upgrade from windows vista to win 7 … you will have some issues.

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