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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Windows 7 - Vista Without the Pain

No one will blame you for being gun shy. After the Windows Vista fiasco, starting with its release two years ago and continuing until fairly recently, why on earth would you want to buy a computer with a new operating system? Why would you want to upgrade, now that you have finally gotten Vista working right? If XP isn’t broken, why fix it, right?

I have been using the Beta (testing) version of Windows 7 since January, and the release candidate since it came out in May, and I must tell you –


Windows 7 is Vista done right, Vista light. Since I’ve been experimenting with it, I’ve had no trouble with printers, networks, software, and I’ve been thrilled at the stability of the system. I never upgraded my own home systems to Vista even though I had the software, but I’ve ordered and received the retail version of Windows 7 to install on my home computers.

One of the major problems with Vista was compatibility with other devices, such as printers and scanners. These have been resolved, and drivers for these items are already available for Windows 7. There will be some items that may not work with Windows 7, or will need an update, but it’s easy enough to find out what you need by using the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Simply Google the words Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, download and run the program, and you’ll know what, if anything, you need to do to get your existing hardware and programs to work with Windows 7.

As always, if you are happy with what you have – whether it be Windows XP, Vista or Mac – don’t worry about upgrading until you have to. But if you want to, or you buy a new computer, Windows 7 will be a pleasant surprise.


1 comment:

  1. PS to this column - I bought a brand new Windows 7 laptop in December and am still loving the operating system. I am, however, getting frustrated with Internet Explorer 8. I will probably change to Firefox until the next Internet Explorer update.