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Windows 7: Why do people like Windows 7 so much?


23 Feb 2010   #1

Windows Vista
 
 
Why do people like Windows 7 so much?

Outside of performance improvements and other "behind the scenes" things over Vista, why does it seem like more and more people are really getting into Windows 7?

/openrant

I tried it for a few weeks, I really wanted to like it. I enjoy the idea of incorporating something like a dock into the taskbar, however it seems like a mess when it involves new, un-pinned programs constantly being opened and closed. Especially if you're like me and enjoy pinning more than 5 or 6 applications to it for easy access. Whoever thought it was a good idea to mix a dock, the start menu button, the notification icons, the clock and have new programs open and close in the same taskbar needs a kick in the bottom... that or they expect everyone to have a super widescreen (not just widescreen like I have, super widescreen) monitor.

And I know I can fix it and make it look more normal, but Microsoft also decided it was a good idea to remove a feature from XP and Vista that I enjoyed very much. You can see a picture of it here:
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/3795/25039092.jpg
Notice the bar at the top? It's pretty much a dock built right into Vista. It stays on top so any program that maximizes, you can still see it and use it (much like the normal taskbar at the bottom of the desktop). I love it. My desktop is clean of shortcuts because they're all in the bar at the top, it's very organized and everything on there is less than a click away. Thank god they got rid of it in 7, right?

/endrant

Those are my biggest complaints I guess, Windows 7 just seems so aesthetically displeasing... why is it so revered compared to Vista? Is there any hints or tips that can make someone like me really appreciate Windows 7?

I like to have the latest and greatest stuff, so staying on Vista and XP as the world moves to Windows 7 doesn't thrill me. Programs will continue to update to support Windows 7, and new programs will be built around Windows 7 (considering its market success). So I don't really want to get left behind... but what can I do? lol

Thoughts? Comments? Why do you like the Windows 7 taskbar? Do you simply tolerate it for the other benefits the OS offers? Is there something I'm missing?

Thanks guys!


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23 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I like the new taskbar mostly because of the jumplists.

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally like the looks, but I can imagine opinions differ. You are doing better than many because you are trying to have an open mind.

If you need a dock, may I suggest ObjectDock?
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23 Feb 2010   #3

Windows Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
If you need a dock, may I suggest ObjectDock?
I find docks kind of pointless if any given application you maximize (Firefox for example) covers it right up. It cleans the desktop up I guess, but if I have to dig through any open windows to use it anyways, I might as well just use desktop shortcuts and save myself the memory. If there were some way to make it work exactly like the bar in that picture I posted in Vista, I'd probably give it a try. I have yet to find one that could though.

And I do like how the Windows 7 taskbar looks, its just if you actually want to use it as a dock for launching applications (crazy right?), it gets cluttered very easily.
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23 Feb 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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23 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Outside of improved performance, I enjoy the new taskbar. The pinning and also opening a new instance of an app just by right clicking and selecting a new instance. For me, that beats using the start menu for my most-used apps or having to minimize windows to double click desktop icons.

I just feel that the UI experience is much better (smoother, slicker) than Vista.
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23 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Where did you see the Vista dock you showed?
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23 Feb 2010   #7

Windows Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Where did you see the Vista dock you showed?
Well, I didn't download it or anything. If you drag a folder from explorer and place it on the top of your desktop, it creates it. So I create a folder in Documents called "Desktop Toolbar", place all the shortcuts I want in it and do that... then you right click it and select "Always on Top" to keep maximized programs from interfering with it.

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/48/likethisg.jpg
Like this

You can do the same thing with XP as well, just not the same way. I think you actually drag the open folder to the top of the screen or something like that... instead of dragging the folder icon.
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23 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 and MAC
 
 

I simply like it.....
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23 Feb 2010   #9

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Im not liking the taskbar as much I would rather have the quicklaunch seperate from the list of programs open, but I installed rocketdock and it helps with keeping a quicklaunch like setup at the top of screen.
I don't mind the new start menu as much. I dont use it anymore. I just use the search box....It Rocks!
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23 Feb 2010   #10

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Also, from finding stuff on this forum, the UI is very customizable. for XP, the only way you could get a different look from windows was with WindowBlinds. I have seen many developers on this site doing awesome things with 7.
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