Devious Malcontent

 Windows 7

Tuesday 18th January 2011,

So I've been using windows 7 for a bit over a week now and here are some of my opinions on it;

First off, let's see what's new with it utility wise....

Windows 7 Start Menu

Windows 7 Start Menu

1. Sticky notes

Sticky notes

Basically just notes you can leave on your desktop, good for reminding yourself what you are doing next.

2. Maths input panel

Maths input panel

Really simple, you write simple math equations on it, and the computer does the rest, it's more of a look towards the future of how computers will read input from the user. I think it would be better if I had a graphics pad for it, and I would say the code for reading symbols needs to be refined a bit.

3. Snipping tool

Snipping tool

The Snipping tool is a utility for taking screen shots, and that's all there really is to it.

4. Paint and WordPad

Paint and WordPad

The stupid mother f!@#$%s changed the interface to the "Ribbon User Interface" (first seen in Microsoft office 2007) making it impossible to use, until I get used to it.

5. Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker has now become a component of Windows live; it is now known as Windows live Movie Maker.

6. Windows DVD Maker

Windows now has a wizard for making DVDs.

7. Shutdown text

Notice that it now says "shutdown", as opposed to windows vista which just had an off button that would only send the computer in to standby mode.

Other things about windows 7,

Command Prompt,

Command Prompt

I can't get Command Prompt to run in full screen, I've tried everything; I've even disabled and removed my graphics card, and it still doesn't work so I don't know if this is anything to do with the operating system or what.

Bug reporting,

Bug reporting

There is the same crash procedure as with windows vista, which is all well and good if you're an everyday user, but if you are a developer, it makes it incredibly annoying to write programs.

Windows explorer,

Windows explorer

Windows explorer also likes to crash often, I don't know if this has something to do with my computer or it's the operating system it's self but it is very annoying.

Overall opinion,

Better than vista by a long shot and just as good as XP, plus with the added bonus of windows XP mode (only in some versions) there is really no need for windows XP anymore.

Overall rating,

Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Blank Star Blank Star Blank Star

Compared to:

Windows XP

Star Star Star Star Star Star Half a Star Blank Star Blank Star Blank Star

Windows Vista

Star Star Star Star Blank Star Blank Star Blank Star Blank Star Blank Star Blank Star

My advice,

Know what version of Windows 7 you are buying; some versions may not have a specific feature others do.


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