Windows 7

Discussion in 'General Computers' started by Liadan, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. Liadan

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    Hi, has anyone been using Win7? I'm buying/building a new computer over the next couple of weeks, and I haven't picked out an OS yet... about all I know is that I hate Vista with a passion because it's a memory hog.

    I'm basically wondering if:

    1) You're satisfied with Win7,
    2) You've encountered any major problems with it, and
    3) It's worth the price.

    Thanks!
     
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    Win7 is proving to be a great os, but its still windows. Just remember that
     
  3. Liadan

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    Yeah, it means I can play video games on it, unlike OS X. ;)
     
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    Meteorain Magical & Mystical

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    Yes Win7 is awesome.
     
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    I'm supposed to get a free copy, but I lost the receipt to my computer ;_;
     
  6. Liadan

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    That sucks :( I'm sorryyyy!
     
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    From all reports I have read Win 7 is THE way to go. Though its having afew teething problems with some 3rdparty software (mostly because microsoft are right pains to work with unless you pay them sacklaods of money) it should all be easily sorted out. Also from reports it works out of the box far better than most other win OS systems.

    But please do yourself a big favour and get the Ultimate edition of it - the home and other versions tend to be a bit hobbled in some manner. I've had far fewer problems than most using Ultimate edtion Vista.
     
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    Skyanide The Big Meanie Staff Member

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    Depending on your situation and where you live Microsoft is offering Win 7 at a deep discount; I got the full Pro version for $55 including the DVD. I could've just got the download version for $40.

    All you need is to be enrolled in a college and have a valid college email address.
     
  9. Turambar

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    Hmm

    I haven't been able to test it yet. It's supposed to be a polished version of Vista. With all the former issues fixed and all that. I don't know about that.

    My major complaint about Vista was the way it weighed down on the system. And how it seemed to take up an unreasonable part of the system resources. They say this has been mended - but figures I've seen point in the opposite direction: boot time has increased by about 50% from Vista, or so the reviews seem to point out.

    This is, of course, no problem with top-of-the-line material. Not so much for budget PC's and computers which already struggled with Vista. Apparently, there's a "lite" version for netbooks (those tiny laptops which go for the price of a good meal in a restaurant), but I don't know about what exactly they trimmed down.

    There are also some benefits, however - but they also venture far into progress of things. Better support for multi-core CPU's, especially more then 2 cores. Better support for solid-state disks, the current toy of choice for computer nerds. That sort of thing.

    So, for the average user, it boils down to this, it seems; 7 looks better - but is slightly heavier on the system. Otherwise, I see a marketing scheme that's installed to polish Vistas reputation away...
     
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    I've heard nothing but good things about it so far. Vista fail, Win7 win.

    My mate manages a chain of computer retail stores. So far he is loving Win7. He's not run into any major compatability issues so far in his testing.
     
  11. Liadan

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    This is quite possibly the best news I've had all week. THANK YOU <3
     
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    A workmate got a new laptop with Win7, upgraded it to Professional, and I'm loving it so far. I was expecting to have to learn a very different interface, but it looks just like VIsta and XP, very familiar and easy to navigate if you know Windows.

    It's admittedly running on a brand new well-specced laptop, but it's fast, responsive, smooth, no crashes yet, or compatability issues either. It just....works! In a way that Vista never seemed to.

    So far, two thumbs up from me! I'm still waiting on my upgrade for my home laptop, can't wait to blast Vista to oblivion!
     
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    I still love Win7. Not because it's a revolution. Just because it works! So far no crashes, no incompatabilities with our existing software. It just WORKS. Unlike Vista *ptuh!*
     
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    Ended up getting Win7 for my new computer... it's pretty nice.
     
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    I
    am
    using
    Windows7 great.
    with it's
    absolutely it,
    no Buy
    problems.
     
  16. Alchemist

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    Right now, students can get it for 29.99. I'm going to once I get some extra cash.
     
  17. Turambar

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    Caveat there, Alch. Knowing Microsoft a bit, it's probably an update from Vista. Which means you'll need to have a legal copy of Vista already installed.

    And I'd advice to make a backup so you don't have to do the double installation, in case shit --> fan.
     
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    I'm tempted to not use it becasue of microsoft's annoying commercials.
     
  19. Running Wolf

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    Well I get it for free from the University :D


    At least that's what they say, I have no clue... But I'm def. not gonna buy it for >100€
     
  20. Liadan

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    Whoops, I guess I forgot to talk/complain about this here, but yeah, the "30 dollars for students!" deal is only for an upgrade from Vista. I ended up being able to buy it for ~120 bucks (I think, I don't have the receipt atm and my memory is somewhat hazy), which was nonetheless significantly cheaper than Best Buy's $200.