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Windows 7: Does anyone actually LIKE Windows 7?

13 Nov 2012   #1
Dabber

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Does anyone actually LIKE Windows 7?

First of all Mr Moderator, apologies for (probably) putting this in the wrong forum. If there is a general comment forum, as opposed to asking general questions, I missed it. Please move me to the correct place. Thank you

My point - at last! - is that no-one I have spoken to likes Windows 7 and was much happier with Windows XP. I'm one of them. One of the people I spoke to didn't realise that XP was about to "die" (become unsupported).
Seven seems to be for people who want to get things done without too much thinking or expertise. Which is an insult from Microsoft for the more abler (and I'm not boasting) users who want to make top-notch DVDs and website and more . . .
So, here's a plea to whoever is left at Microsoft (the former top man had gone, I read): restore XP to the marketplace as Windows 9 (or 10 if version nine is too far underway). Yes, I would be happy to pay for it all over again just to be able to use it.
I seem to spend twice as much time trying to get Windows 7 to do what I want it to do as I actually do working on something.
The Library system is totally baffling to me. I once had something in SIX locations and deleted five as a waste of computer space and memory! I lost a DVD I was well into completing. I was left with just blank squares, some with question marks, where pictures used to be. No amount of trying to restore the files from the recycling bin brought them back.
Never had that problem with Windows XP.
Please Microsoft, give the more serious users a chance!


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13 Nov 2012   #2
shawnglory

 

No offence meant for the upcoming but it's just my 2 cents.

7 is feature packed and as far as I'm concerned the address you're pointing out can simply be overcomed by having a dedicated partition or drive and point all saves and back up there. I have not had any problems and yes I do work with the Adobe master suite Cs 6 from pics to videos to Web design and programming. The optimisation on 7 is great and I don't see myself upgrading unless dx 11.1 offers much more than its stock 3d capabilities. Instead of spending 10 minutes deleting stuff from every pocket why not spend 2 creating a dedicated pocket? You can also link that pocket in your favorites on the left panel so you don't have to click more than twice when saving
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13 Nov 2012   #3
x BlueRobot

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

Windows 7 is a great operating system, you shouldn't let a few problems probably caused by user error, hinder your likability for Windows 7; Windows 8 is the operating system which people tend not to like.
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13 Nov 2012   #4
Dabber

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

" . . . you shouldn't let a few problems probably caused by user error, hinder your likability for Windows 7; . . ."

If only it was a case of user error. Perhaps the loss of DVD images wasn't the best example of my problems. I just can't understand it. All new systems take time to get used to. I can't see me ever being happy with Windows 7.
Or maybe I'm just too "thick" to try to use Windows 7. Perhaps the simple approach is the best.
I didn't mention Windows 8 because I have dismissed it as being there just to create multi platform use. Someone told me: "If you don't like Windows 7 you will hate Windows 8". So I haven't even looked at.
The trouble with buying any OS is that sales count as positive votes. If we could return the ones we don't like and have it count as a No vote, or reduce the "positive" votes, things might be different.
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13 Nov 2012   #5
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dabber View Post
First of all Mr Moderator, apologies for (probably) putting this in the wrong forum. If there is a general comment forum, as opposed to asking general questions, I missed it. Please move me to the correct place. Thank you

My point - at last! - is that no-one I have spoken to likes Windows 7 and was much happier with Windows XP. I'm one of them. One of the people I spoke to didn't realise that XP was about to "die" (become unsupported).
Seven seems to be for people who want to get things done without too much thinking or expertise. Which is an insult from Microsoft for the more abler (and I'm not boasting) users who want to make top-notch DVDs and website and more . . .
So, here's a plea to whoever is left at Microsoft (the former top man had gone, I read): restore XP to the marketplace as Windows 9 (or 10 if version nine is too far underway). Yes, I would be happy to pay for it all over again just to be able to use it.
I seem to spend twice as much time trying to get Windows 7 to do what I want it to do as I actually do working on something.
The Library system is totally baffling to me. I once had something in SIX locations and deleted five as a waste of computer space and memory! I lost a DVD I was well into completing. I was left with just blank squares, some with question marks, where pictures used to be. No amount of trying to restore the files from the recycling bin brought them back.
Never had that problem with Windows XP.
Please Microsoft, give the more serious users a chance!
I know what you mean, since Windows 2000 and to some extent XP the operating systems have been dumbed down to support the unwashed masses. The features and tricks are all there. You have to dig around for registry tweaks and some freeware to get things how you like them. I don't use the libraries system. I already have my own places for files so I point all the explorer shortcuts at those locations. One of the best freeware tools you can get is Classic Shell Welcome to Classic Shell
Yes it adds the classic start menu back but is does so much more. The explorer functions are superb and you can get XP type functions with 7 64 bit stability.
I think I waited 1 year before installing my copy of Windows 7 Ultimate and was not that impressed. I spent a lot of time fiddling around getting it how I like it and I can now have all those settings sorted out in a new install in a couple of hours.
Windows 7 is very good, XP is old, I used it for a long time but hackers know there way around it too well. Do some research and tweak it the way you want it. As usual M$ default is best for the computer illiterate.
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13 Nov 2012   #6
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I am relatively new to Windows 7 since I only installed it in late May of 2012 AND I LOVE IT!

I still have 3 XP computers and compared t 7, they are pathetic - slow to boot up, hourglasses, "failing to respond", windows stuck all over my screens requiring reboot, only 2G of memory, etc, etc.

If the hardware wasn't so expensive, I'd have ALL Windows 7 machines.
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13 Nov 2012   #7
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dabber View Post
First of all Mr Moderator, apologies for (probably) putting this in the wrong forum. If there is a general comment forum, as opposed to asking general questions, I missed it. Please move me to the correct place. Thank you

My point - at last! - is that no-one I have spoken to likes Windows 7 and was much happier with Windows XP. I'm one of them. One of the people I spoke to didn't realise that XP was about to "die" (become unsupported).
Seven seems to be for people who want to get things done without too much thinking or expertise. Which is an insult from Microsoft for the more abler (and I'm not boasting) users who want to make top-notch DVDs and website and more . . .
So, here's a plea to whoever is left at Microsoft (the former top man had gone, I read): restore XP to the marketplace as Windows 9 (or 10 if version nine is too far underway). Yes, I would be happy to pay for it all over again just to be able to use it.
I seem to spend twice as much time trying to get Windows 7 to do what I want it to do as I actually do working on something.
The Library system is totally baffling to me. I once had something in SIX locations and deleted five as a waste of computer space and memory! I lost a DVD I was well into completing. I was left with just blank squares, some with question marks, where pictures used to be. No amount of trying to restore the files from the recycling bin brought them back.
Never had that problem with Windows XP.
Please Microsoft, give the more serious users a chance!
im sure there is a saying about workmen and tools
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13 Nov 2012   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I like Win7 even though I've been using it only since late June of this year when I bought a Win7 notebook to replace my aging netbook (I still have a desktop running XP). I stuck with XP as long as I did because Vista was a dog, which is why I bought another XP desktop to replace my aging one, and I would have had to replace my printer, scanner, and some of my software, all of which added up to shelling out some serious shekels. I've since replaced my old POS scanner with two of them, one which is Win7 ready and the other one only needs a new driver downloaded. The printer is going to be replaced due to old age soon and will be Win7 compliant (it's also a newer model so it should be supported for some time to come). So, I'll be replacing the XP desktop machine early next year (it's not fully compatible with Win7 and, being the cheap, old bi...broad I am, I wanted to get my money's worth from it) with a Win7 machine (instead of Win8 which is another dog).

I had only four programs that I used on XP that wouldn't run on Win7, which pleasantly suprprised me (I was expecting far worse). Three were freebies that were easily replaced with ones that were just as good or better. The fourth was professional music notation software that had become abandonware that wouldn't run on Win7. It would have cost me $400 USD to upgrade to a product that was Win7 compliant but, when I made a comment on the program's user forums that, if I was forced to upgrade to a more expensive product due to an OS change, I was going to "go to the dark side" (the forum's term for buying the competitor's product). That got me an offer from the company to upgrade to the more expensive (and much better) product for only $210 which I accepted).

I had no trouble being able to use Win7 productively right from the very beginning, which was a very pleasant surprise. There were a few changes I had to learn how to deal with or get used to in both Win7 and IE9 (I had been using IE8), some of which required help from forums like this (How to Geek is another good forum like this one). I love many of the new features, such as Aero (although I did turn off AeroGlass to save RAM on this machine since it's just window dressing, pardon the pun). Win7s advantages far outweigh its disadvantages. The only two things I do not like about Win7 are the photo viewer and the way it handles downloading pictures from a camera or camera card. The stock photo viewer is worthless as...it's worthless, the worst "feature" being many pictures get compressed vertically. I replaced it with the M$ Office 2007 Picture Manager. It's only downside is one can't change format (.tif to .jpg, for example) like one could in XPs photo viewer. Since I can do that, both singly and in groups, in IrfanView, a program I already use, that wasn't a problem. The wizard for downloading pictures from a camera or camera card doesn't have the renaming flexibility the one in XP does. I use IrfanView for that now. It worked just as well once I got used to it.
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13 Nov 2012   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

You were speaking about not understanding the Libraries. On XP, you put your items that you used a lot on the Task Bar. It made a convenient way to access them. I am sure you liked that. The Libraries are EXACTLY the same thing. You put your favorite ones in it and just go to them. == You should Bookmark Seven Forums and spend some time here either asking questions or just reading others questions. It help a lot to understand how Windows 7 works.
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13 Nov 2012   #10
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

On the lighter side, the morning I installed Windows 7 on my freshly made computer, I had never even seen Windows 7. I had visions of it working like Win XP - "It will take 48 minutes to install" and the countdown proceeds. No No, it was only a few minutes to install. And at the time, my computer held 8G of memory. Like being in heaven!
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