What Does Windows 7 Bring to the Table?

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During live calls recently, the main topic of discussion was Windows 7. Ross was happy to get through, and immediately asked what he felt I think Windows 7 brings to the table for an average or intermediate computer user. I have my own opinions, of course. I’m interested in seeing what all of YOU think. So, let’s hear it!

I feel there are a variety of features that Windows 7 brings to the table. The most prominent ones are the taskbar and Start Menu changes. Those are excellent, for sure. Some people are complaining about them, of course, wishing they were more like very old versions of Windows. Personally, I think it’s about time they were so different! Functionality-wise, everything works very well on these.

I feel there is an epic UI fail, but that’s just me. Maybe it’s because I’m anal-retentive? Do you think? But I just don’t like that the popup menu where it shows recent programs has huge gaps between the program names. However, the normal “all programs” menu is missing those gaps. That just bugs me, but I’ll survive.

Ross also wanted to let all college students know that if you go to Win741 and use a college.edu email address – you can buy Windows 7 Home Premium for only $29.99! That’s official folks, and one heck of a great deal for students!

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7 thoughts on “What Does Windows 7 Bring to the Table?”

  1. Anal retentive? Honestly you don’t look it. While you are neat you don’t seem obsessively so. And what bugs you bugs you. I’m the opposite, if it works I’m happy. I couldn’t care less what it looks like it simply has to work. I’m not picky at all.

    However I doubt the spacing between programs is what really bugs you the most. And if the UI is truly that bad I’d prefer to hear the actual major parts as opposed to small things like spacing.

  2. I’m one of those who wish for classic menu and classic folders. I have no problem with those who want/like the new way so why do those people seem to have a problem with those of us who prefer CHOICE? Why not provide both and let the user choose the one they want. I find the classic start menu and folders to be more efficient and yes I know about start/search. I hear all the time about how you just click start and type in a 4 or 5 letters and you have your program. That ignores the fact that I have to move my hand from the mouse to the keyboard and back (not a big deal, but still it takes time). I have to click more to open a program if I don’t want to use the search feature (and I usually disable indexing/windows search anyway). All those of us who want the classic functionality want is CHOICE.

  3. Chris , I am long past the point where being cool or geek matters to me , maybe that’s a bit sad as one gets older but it just beats me why other people with just a different opinion should end up always driving my technical experience. I liked XP and especially the start menu – I don’t like the new Windows 7 version and I do not think I am on my own – not by a long shot. I hear comments that it’s better .. HOW ? If I am efficient using the XP start menu and know my way around all the computing requirements I need I want someone to PROVE beyond all doubt that just changing the way I do old tasks to a new set of keystroke combinations is more efficient and better. These throwaway comments just come across as pure marketing . Realistically Microsoft have done their best to really alienate and upset a lot of XP Users by taking away 3 really important features that made XP popular. One was the ability to upgrade easily and keep a build current — that’s gone , the classic start bar menu – that’s gone and what has replaced it is not more efficient at all – you may like it but it’s not more efficient period – in fact it’s very clumsy e.g you cannot even sort it in alphabetical order – what a joke and last but not least the repair option is not a patch on the repair restore option that helped many a broken XP Build get back up and running. Here I am talking about doing a file compare of the OS and replacing all necessary start up files with the originals off the CD/DVD. I have broken the BETA , RC and RTM versions on several PC’s and had to
    totally start over because the repair option simply does not work. Also upgrading any XP Build to Vista then W7 is a total abject failure. Buyers beware.


  4. To my table er ah desk. That would be no drivers for my Brother laser printer. No windows 7 until I get printer driver for it. Can’t even get a straight answer on a new one yet it says on the top of the site “Compatible all on windows 7.” I guess all does not include mine.

  5. I am using windows 7 since last month. I am happy with this OS. It works awesome. It seems good combination of XP (for speed) and Vista (for look) !!!

  6. Oh. Thank you Ken, as you now confirmed to me what I already know that going from XP to Vista as a free upgrade was a mistake. I am not going to further complicate things with Windows 7. I should have left well enough alone exactly 3 years ago when I bought this computer. A computer with an operating system nearly a decade old versus 2 new ones in the last 3 years. A less than stellar record don’t you think? Fortunately I made my own back-up discs of XP with my programs and drivers for all the peripherals. I’ve learned not to trust Microsoft when desperate new computer buyers couldn’t find anything with XP installed. The hand writing was on the wall allmost three years ago.

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