Windows 7 - - Some good, some not good yet.
I am using Windows 7 beta build 7000 on a self built computer with a Biostar low-end motherboard, Pentium D 8xx processor, 2 GB ram, and using onboard audio and video. I suppose this would be something like absolute minimum practical requirements for this OS.
If 7 is compared with Vista, one sees little that is not an improvement, however slight, over Vista. Having said that, I still see LOTS of Vista negatives still present. 7 is clearly faster than Vista, but as I add applications and saved folders, I see 7 noticeably slowing. The general look and feel is far too much like Vista. The folder filing system is not improved at all and is miserable!!!! This was the BIGGEST single problem with Vista and does not appear to have been touched. The much discussed taskbar is probably an improvement over Vista, but is not going to be something for everybody. Even tho I like it better than Vista, it is not wonderful enough to make me buy the OS. I am extremely disappointed that the full Windows Classic GUI has been butchered and only remnants remain. By having the transparent backgrounds provided by the childish aero, the letters appear fuzzy and hard to read. This is a HUGE negative to the new system. (Didn't Microsoft hear that many, many of us don't want to have to buy the capacity for this foolishness?? Now we can't even completely turn it off.) I have several (a few at least) applications that I use on both XP and Vista machines that will not install on Windows 7. Hopefully, this will be corrected before the consumer version of Windows 7 is released for public sale.
Windows 7 compared with the user experience of Windows 2000 or even Windows XP! Windows 7 would have to be rated PURE TRASH!! Definitely nothing there to make me ditch my current XP OS that is paid for and spend money to buy a bundle of fluff and puff that I don't want to look at to begin with. (too much like Vista)
All in all, Windows 7 is a step above Vista, but when one has to compare it to the most trash OS ever released to say it is an improvement, it does not speak well of the product. Give us the ability to disable aero, gadgets, multi-user capabilities, and a couple of other items that I can't think of at the moment. We need to be able to TOTALLY disable these items so they no longer occupy harddrive space or memory. We then need to streamline the folder file system so we can find our saved folders. When these improvements are made, Windows 7 may become an acceptable OS. Whether it would be a big enough improvement to make me spend more money to buy it - - I'm not sure. The price would have to be more reasonable than Windows 2000 Pro or Windows XP Pro.
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