Windows 7: Making the move

Windows 7: Making the move

By the fact you’re reading, you’re more than likely running on a Windows operating system (around 90% likely, in fact), and whether you’re attached to XP, or appalled by Vista, it’s time to embrace the future, and look into upgrading your OS.

Windows 7 is what Vista should have been, a genetic jackpot winner, unlike its unruly sibling. Using less RAM (random access memory) but providing increased (and frankly speaking, better) features, it’s a whizz of a platform; you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Boot times are faster – whether it be from scratch, or resuming from where you left off – meaning you can get right back to what you are doing in a flash. Hopping from train to train to get to a business meeting; it means you’ll be able to get work done in between, instead of waiting out each part of the journey idly watching your PC find it’s bearings.

Upon start-up, you’ll notice a sleek, clean feel to the user interface; less clutter, more space – and a much better response with everything you do. Gone are the days of perpetual system tray pop-ups, reminding you that you’ve got ‘unused icons on your desktop’ or ‘5 days to upgrade’ that anti-virus you got free with a download that you didn’t want (and doesn’t work). Instead, you’ll find everything that may require attention in the new ‘Action Centre’ (Control Panel>System and Security>Action Centre). You’ll also notice that software and hardware alike are now compatible – where they weren’t with Vista – meaning you’ll have all of your programs available, and can finally upload those holiday snaps, or put some music on that MP3 player gathering dust. And if you’re upgrading from XP, and have programs compatible only with that OS, you’ll find the use of ‘Windows XP mode’ – a separate download – more than welcome.

Depending on which version you purchase (or have pre-installed on a new PC or laptop), you’ll have different features available. There are four editions: Starter, Premium, Professional and Ultimate. Some of the more useful features include the ability to re-size and compare windows side by side with just a flick of your mouse, and viewing the desktop by hovering over the applicable button, without having to commit to pressing it, minimising all of your open programs: simple, but smart.

And then to productivity – Networking is becoming increasingly popular (not to mention invaluable) in increasing self awareness, promoting and in business. Windows 7 helps here too, with an abundance of widgets at your fingertips – giving you access to streams of information from friends and colleagues, from your favourite blog or news site, the weather in any area, and to your media, calendar and tasks. They’re not confined to a sidebar either (as you’ll find in Vista), you can place them anywhere, have them any size, and have as many as you like – space permitting.

Now that you’re acquainted with Windows 7, you’ll need to navigate around your new found freedom – and it’s as simple as your ABC’s. A new search box is incorporated in the start menu, giving you quick access to anything and everything on your PC, whether it be a program, a file, or your control panel to make quick changes to your operating system. You can also ‘Pin’ applications to your taskbar, so if you use something a lot, keep it open, you’ll be amazed how much time it saves you.

All in all it’s arguably Microsoft’s best Operating system yet, you’ll be hard pushed to find a flaw. But why not find out for yourself, by taking a look at our Windows 7 pre installed laptops, PC’s and operating system packages.

(thanks go to Craig Frost from our Worcester site for the content of this post)

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  1. Posted by Matt on September 12, 2010

    Although Windows 7 is a nice move if your upgrading your computer. You will not really humanly notice a difference between Vista. The new GUI will be clear from a move to 7 from XP, but as a running machine goes, XP and 7 are fairly the same OS with a different front.

    Keep XP if you can, downgrade even from Vista and only take on 7 if you feel a new computer is on the cards!

  2. Posted by James Collins on September 20, 2010

    Or simply move to OSX with an iMac. You will never look back

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