After an open testing period with two versions of Windows 7 – beta and RC – available for download, Microsoft has at last released the final version of their highly-anticipated new operating system: Windows 7.
Behind this odd name (believe it or not, this is actually the seventh version of Windows), Microsoft's new OS includes a bunch of new features that try to make the computer easier and more enjoyable to use. Honestly, after the Vista fiasco this wasn't a hard task to do, and I have to admit that Windows 7 has left a very good taste in my mouth.
Microsoft has made the migration to the new OS as easy as possible. With Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor you can check if your computer is compatible with Windows 7, and if you're upgrading from Windows XP, you can use Windows 7 Easy Tranfer to copy documents, files, user accounts and settings to your new system. After a surprisingly quick installation process, Windows 7 launches in a very Vista-like environment. Similar desktop backgrounds, an almost identical Start menu, similar window theme as well... It even keeps the Aero effects and the popular Vista gadgets, though this time they're not limited to the sidebar. The whole system works very smoothly, without hogging system resources.
Besides these obvious Vista comparisons, Windows 7 also includes all the new features announced by Microsoft over the last few months: fully revamped versions of Wordpad and Paint that have turned them into really powerful apps now; a new toolbar with enhanced functionality (icons now launch programs and also let you switch among them); the so called Jump List that improve access to recently used documents and apps: the all-new Internet Explorer 8 and Windows Media Player 12; and a generally enhanced user interface that makes Windows easier to use (no more UAC messages, hooray!).
Obviously you can't decide whether you like a new operating system just after a few hours of usage. But like I said, this new Windows 7 is really promising and it's really worth a try, especially if your XP needs a complete overhaul or you're simply too tired of Vista's little annoyances.
Windows 7 is the latest version of Microsoft's popular operating system. Though not exactly revolutionary in terms of design, it does include some nice new features and enhancements that will make your system faster, more stable and easier to use. It is definitely the true heir to Windows XP, and the long awaited-for replacement for Vista.
Windows 7 is no longer available. The download button will redirect you to the Microsoft Windows 10 official website.
Quick to install
Light on resources, runs smoothly
Revamped versions of Wordpad, Paint and Calculator
New Windows toolbar
New Internet Explorer 8 and Windows Media Player 12
Aero effects require support for DirectX 9
Too similar to Vista in appearance
"Fast, Sensible, Transparent and the best and most loved Windows."
Great Windows! Specially my favourite one. Great Graphics when playing games and fast, sensible, tranparent. Love It!
Great Graphics when playing games.
Sometimes slow and lags.
Not the best starter gadgets because they slow things down.
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