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Windows 7: Has Windows 7 changed the way you use your computer?

30 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
Has Windows 7 changed the way you use your computer?

Now for most if not all of us, Windows 7 has brought upon performance improvements, and course the new taskbar bring some new features that modify I our handling of applications, but has windows 7 changed anything in particular in how you use your computer?

For me there are at least a couple of things I do differently now:

I have the taskbar on top.
Never thought I would actually leave it like that, but I have. It just looks nice with seven I guess.

I run many more apps at the same time. Before, I would tend to close apps and reopen them if I needed to, rather than have several open windows in the background, sacrificing performance.

I rarely maximize windows anymore. Before, I would maximize almost everything. But now, thanks to the convenience of Aero snap, I can simply drag the bottom/top edge of a window to the bottom/top edge of the usable space, and it automatically vertically resizes the window. I prefer it alot this way, as it allows me to keep track of my contact lists while still browsing the internet or watevs. Not to mention it looks prettier and works more smoothly with aero peek.

I'm also making use of keyboard shortcuts within the OS more, as now there are more useful ones of these.

Overall, I feel more efficient, which at the end of the day, should be what an OS does.

Anything you've noticed?

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30 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

No you pretty much covered it, I change the themes allot more now and find that you can personalize it allot better than previous versions.
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30 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64

Oh yea, I totally forgot about themes. Themes actually feel more like themes again, a bit more like they were back in the day. Of course not the same level of customization, but I do find myself changing them around often, and even making my own.

Oh yea, I actually make use of gadgets. I guess it was just a performance issue for me, but I never made use of them in Vista, I know that you could detach them from the sidebar.
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31 Jan 2009   #4

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

I think I use it pretty much the same, but it is a lot more efficient. Snap to sides and snap to height for instance. Don't use the Recent Items list on the start menu much anymore. I don't maximize windows as much, but that's more due to having a widescreen monitor vs 17" CRT. The things I put on the 17" still get maximized, usually. I do have more apps left open also.

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31 Jan 2009   #5



I've been using Windows7 pretty much the same as previous versions of Windows. The performance is amazing with Windows7 compared to Vista.

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31 Jan 2009   #6


Nothing radically different, but I do take advantage of Aero Snap and the live Preview Windows.

oh, and changing the display to medium 125% is something I really miss when I'm in Vista.
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31 Jan 2009   #7


well, the little window prompt you get when you hover the taskbar, is simply a work of art on windows 7, selecting a page from many becomes easy, & dare i say fun.....

a lot of the snap functions im using regularly now.......when i travel back over to vista the Aero on it actually looks plain now, yet before i had W7 vista's Aero had me in a daze with its beauty.... (still love vista though)

the finished product will be AMAZING......

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31 Jan 2009   #8

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
oh, and changing the display to medium 125% is something I really miss when I'm in Vista.
This can be done in Vista. Personalize/adjust font (DPI). 120% is available, but you can click on custom and choose what you want.

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31 Jan 2009   #9

Dual boot XP Pro and Seven/7127

I seem to be following the general trend here.
I too now keep apps open rather than close 'em.
And with a wide screen I am using keyboard Winkey+right, Winkey+left to snap windows to the side.
My task bar is still at the bottom of the screen and holds the apps I use all the time. Yeah I like Win7
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31 Jan 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

I like how the Explorer docking shows all windows from one location. Much easier to use for me. And I like having the program icons using the extra space that Explorer doesn't need anymore. And I agree that keeping apps open because they all have their own dock is much easier now. The new taskbar alone is worth the upgrade.
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