5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
50/50 (A proper review), 21 May 2011
I've been using Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit for just over a month now, I can't say it's that great but it's not awful (Except the price, that's awful).
First off, It seems people here have never written a Software Review before, It doesn't help us know if Win 7 is faster or not if you don't supply specs and details on what you use the PC for in a typical day. Just because you upgraded from a low-end PC to a mid/high end PC and put Win 7 on it doesn't mean Win 7 is super fast. Operating Systems are as fast as the Hardware powering it.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
AMD Phenom II X4 955 (Black Edition) Quad Core - Overclocked @3.80Ghz
650W Corsair TX650 V2 ATX2.3 SLI/Crossfire Compliant Power Supply
Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H AMD 880G (Socket AM3) Micro-ATX DDR3 Motherboard
4GB Mushkin Silverline (2x2GB Dual Channel) DDR3 1333MHz
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 High Performance CPU Cooler
128GB Solid State Drive
320GB External HDD
Altec Lansing Subwoofer (Base)
24" Single Monitor
The PC is used for Web Development during the day and Gaming by night. Typical games include S.T.A.L.K.E.R Series, ArmA 2 and the like.
So far, I've not attained much opinion for this operating system. I upgraded to Win 7 HP 64Bit after being told "its waaaa betterz than Vizta, vista suuuucks" in many reviews... I disagree. I've been using Windows Vista for years and never had a single issue.
In comparison, both Operating Systems are very similar, despite what the Windows 7 lovers say. Windows 7 does indeed startup and shutdown quicker than Vista running the same aforementioned Hardware. The performance over the two however, is pretty much the same.
Windows 7's new taskbar is ugly, it's an inch high by default, the first thing I did was change it to use the smaller icons settings to slim it down. The functionality of the Taskbar however, is relatively nice with Program Grouping, always keeping a clean, not-so-cluttered taskbar. This is very handy as a Web Developer as I often have 2 or more directories open, my IDE, an FPT Program, MySQL Workbench and Safari, Firefox, IE9 and Chrome all open at the same time.
Windows 7 introduces a new Windows Media Player and I admittedly like it. I've never used WMP before as I've always found it to be stupidly cluttered, clunky and slow. The new one however is clean, sleek and not cluttered in the slightest. I actually use WMP now.
Windows 7 also introduces an improved Paint program. It certainly won't replace an artists Photoshop Application, but it is a nice addition if you often take "Prt Scr" print screens and save them in Paint. Paint will not longer chew the quality and spit out a blob. Other new features include Grids, Shapes, Brushes etc. Unfortunately no Gradient support but it should keep anyones little daughter out there busy drawing for a while.
Another new feature introduced is the ability to stick "Sticky Notes" on your desktop. It's an incredibly simple feature but for a forgetful person like me, it's been quite handy.
That pretty much covers the new stuff in Windows 7, there other little bits and bobs but I don't feel they're worth a mention. Your paying £60 for the above features which could have been a Vista upgrade. I feel this is a bit of con in my honest opinion.
Of course, no Operating System would be without it's flaws. And I just want to mention the worst of them all.
In Windows 7 you can no longer drag and drop files within the same folder to rearrange them to the way you want. You have to stick to strict A-z, Z-a ordering... What? Seriously Microsoft? Look it up, there are long lists of complaints about this everywhere. There is a registry hack to reapply this functionality, but why should we have to resort to that for basic functionality?
Windows Shake and Windows Peek are pointless. Most of time I forget they even exist because I have no need of silly little novelties. Windows Snap is useful for Web Page comparison as a Developer, but the rest of the bells and wistles are like the toys from a Happy Meal, interesting for 2 minutes.
I would also like to mention something I've been seeing a lot of in reviews.. "Windows 7 runs amazingly well on 1GB of RAM"... ......... No................... No it doesn't.
Two weeks into using Windows 7 my old 4GB Chips died and I had to replace them with 1GB (The exact 1GB that used to power my Vista just fine I might add) until a replacement arrived. I can honestly say that within the four days i used Windows 7 with 1GB was the most painful computing experience of my life. It's terrible, just opening a folder can take it's time, shutting down and powering up become lenghty processes, switching tabs on a browser can cause the browser to stop responding for around 5 seconds, It's terrible. I would recommend at least 2GB for a relatively smooth experience. However, I can't live without at least 4GB for what I actually use this PC for.
In conclusion, I feel the price is way to high for a few new features and some novelty junk. You need a decent amount of RAM to run the OS without it being painful and some basic functionality is missing. It's not completely terrible, but I don't really feel it was worth upgrading from my Vista. Most of the new features you can live without and the pricing is way too high for what it actually is.
It's a case of 50/50, if you've got money to throw away, get it, otherwise I'd wait and get it on sales.