Having used Windows 98, XP Pro and then Vista, I can safely say that Windows 7 beats them all hands down! In the retail version you get two separate discs: the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version. Doing a clean install is quicker and easier than any previous version of Windows and Windows 7 is leaner and far more effecient and productive than any previous version too.
System Protection now enables you to choose between System files AND previous versions of files or just previous versions of files, which enables you to quickly and easily revert to previous versions without having to do a complete System Restore. And at long last, Microsoft has finally decided to let you see exactly how many Mbs (or Gbs) the restore point on any particular drive is taking up!
And in Backup you can now create a System Image and save it to DVD or your hdd, from which you can restore not only your operating system but all your existing programs, as well as any data files you choose to add to it!
UAC control is far less intusive and annoying than it was in Vista. And the Library contains shortcuts to all your Videos, Music and downloads folders etc regardless of which partition or drive they happen to be on! It also puts shortcuts to ALL your libraries in the start menu and in the folders list in Windows Explorer, which saves you having to keep navigating to each of their locations maually. And the Jump Lists make going back to recent documents or other projects extremely quick and easy too.
I don't like that IE8 no longer defaults to the last folder used, when saving favourites. And I don't like that Windows Live Mail creates separate Inboxes, Outboxes, Drafts, Junk and deleted folders for each email account or that you have to add folders to specific email accounts. But apart from these two very minor niggles, I love Windows 7 and would recommend that you get it as soon as you can afford to!
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