Microsoft and Bill Gates (The riches man in the world) should be proud and over joyed at the soon to be success of the new Windows 7 OS. PC manufactures, along with others should be burning the midnight oil with glee knowing they have a product that we can all stand behind. According to CNNMoney article “Windows 7 ready to launch” Experts expect that PC users will change their operating system for the first time in about eight years when Windows 7 launches today.
We all know someone or heard about someone that had horrific experiences with Vista. As a network administrator I gave recommendations to my superiors about what technology we should implement, and what we should wait on. I always stated that we should wait out the Vista movement for the next flavor, and I was 120% right from a support stand point. Vista came along and gave us too many issues I felt like from a support stand point it would have been a true nightmare not only for me but for management as well.
I don’t see the issues of the past with Windows 7 I see an operating system that has been tested, tested, and tested again. Personally back before the summer started I started using Windows 7 on a older less powerful machine. “Wow” are the words I uttered when using Windows 7 for the first time, because I think Microsoft finally got it, the bells and whistles don’t mean a thing if the OS does not perform some of the most basic functions with ease. I can speak from experience that Windows 7 is a great OS to use on your current system, and also on a older system that you would have normally thrown away. Don’t listen to the clutter that’s gonna start about well you should just buy a new computer, I would presume that those Tech support places will all be saying this, but resist my friendly computer user unless your computer is a Pentium II or lower with less than 512MB. If it’s any better than that I’m tell you Windows 7 should be an eye opener.
What about Windows XP?
Well for those of you who have used Windows XP in my opinion you will gain a better Operating System in Windows 7, and workhorse right out of the box, new features, speed, and the capability to take off where Windows XP ended are clear indications that you should go for it. Lets just say with the introduction of Windows 7, in 6 months no one will remember that thing called Vista in my opinion. Now if your using XP at this point and you are going to install Windows 7 your gonna have a problem upgrading. This has always been the Microsoft policy when upgrading, if your two generations back in Operating systems, they don’t make it very easy for you to upgrade with a “One click solution” I would guess there will be many companies taking advange of this (creating software to help Windows XP users upgrade). My best advise for anyone looking to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows7 please do yourself a favor, make a backup of your critical data, such as documents, pictures, program data for specific programs and such. Then insert your new Windows 7 OS CD and choose to do a clean install on your computer or laptop. Then place your data and programs on the new OS.
Windows XP all flavors (Pro, Home, Media Center, Tablet, and x64) will be unsupported in the next two years so upgrade is eminent
Don’t let the experts scare you into buying a new computer, the one thing I have noticed is that with older machines I have had great success with Windows 7. Currently I run Windows 7 in VMWare on my MacBook Pro and it’s been working like a charm, to my credit I had to tweak some stuff, but that’s what I do. I hope your success with Windows 7 comes soon, I will say that you will not be disappointed going from any other OS to Windows7
Chime in and tell me if you have been using Windows 7 or if you plan on upgrading to the new OS in the comments?