Is Windows 7 finally the answer?
Microsoft has once again taken over the computer news cycle. Its release of Windows 7 has sparked a new interest in the otherwise lackluster arena of operating systems. A new operating system definitely deserves a little attention in this column, so here is what you should know about Windows 7.
You’ve seen the ads ... “Windows 7 was my idea.” This phrase is repeated by multiple PC users who have discovered the answer to their computer prayers. This is pretty close to reality — Microsoft has created Windows 7 with several public betas and a substantial feedback system.
This news is probably most welcomed by those who have audibly voiced their frustrations with Windows Vista. It also goes to show that Microsoft, in all its royal pomp and circumstance, still has enough humility to listen to the public.
Windows 7 is really a cleaned-up, souped-up version of Vista. Microsoft has hopefully succeeded in keeping the good bells and whistles of Vista while simultaneously disposing of the headache causing bugs. Windows 7 is faster, more compatible with hardware and software (thanks to an XP mode), and it’s full of functionality. It has great search tools, easy window management, and intuitive and flexible task bars.
So, should you go out and buy Windows 7? Here’s the definitive answer: maybe. There are a few instances when purchasing Windows 7 is a no-brainer. If you are building a new computer, Windows 7 would be a good choice. A clean install will give you instant satisfaction. Those who are currently running Vista will also want to move. The cost is well worth the peace of mind that comes when you leave Vista and all its problems in the rear view mirror.
If you are happily running Windows XP, you may want to wait a few months before taking the plunge to Windows 7. Make no mistake; the new operating system will give you many more tools than you currently have with XP. There’s really no need to rush, however. Give Windows 7 a few months to get its feet wet and garner a few “real-life” reviews before you make the switch. There may be a few bugs to work out (there always are with new software).
Overall, the outlook for Windows 7 is bright. This is the first time in recent memory that any operating system has been released with favorable reviews. Whether or not you choose to install Windows 7 on your machine, Computer Problem Specialists is available to help you through the decision-making and installation process. Call us at (928) 468-0000 to speak with a trained technician.
So hurry up and ... wait a little while. Unless you have Vista — then just hurry up!
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.