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Windows 7: Jan. 13 marks the end of mainstream support for Windows 7

12 Jan 2015   #21
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I can't type anything in the start button and search locally only by default


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13 Jan 2015   #22
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

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I challenge a lot of W7 users to tell me what they CAN'T do in W10 that they CAN do in W7 (apart possibly from some really old legacy programs).



Cheers
jimbo
Well, I cannot set my icon size between large and extra large in W10, which I can do in W7.
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Hi there

As in W7 position cursor anywhere on desktop and then simply hold down CTRL and scroll the mouse scroll wheel - Icon sizes will change. Works in W8 / W8.1 too. (Desktop Icons I assume you mean).

Remember also that W10 is still technically pre-BETA software so some bugs will / maybe still exist-- what I am saying is that to all intents and purposes it's almost zero change for a W7 user to use W10 but going to W8.1 especially for a typical office workplace is much more complex.

Remember also that as hardware improves the OS can be made to run much faster - it can use new CPU commands that don't exist in earlier processors.

W10 boots ridiculously fast compared with W7 even with all the debug features Ms obviously has in the preview.

My view on all this is if the upgrade is a reasonable price then it's worth doing - keep W7 as a VM for running the odd program that doesn't work.

There's no reason if you LIKE W7 (and who hated it --very few I think) to keep running it but there's nothing wrong too in at least LOOKING at a new OS and trying out new features. Run it in a VM if you don't want to risk hosing up your current system - or simply take a decent image backup.

I can understand why XP is still around - quite a lot of legacy hardware and software won't even run on W7 but I haven't found anything at home that I run on W7 that doesn't work on W10.

Cheers
jimbo
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13 Jan 2015   #23
gulls777

Windows 10 Pro x64 v1607
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
I challenge a lot of W7 users to tell me what they CAN'T do in W10 that they CAN do in W7 (apart possibly from some really old legacy programs).
Some basic messed up things are still same in 10 i guess.

-Group by Type thing they messed up in 8.1. Now all the devices gets mixed up like crazy in This PC.

-Including all the folders in This PC. another mess. no need for them there. Also makes navigation pane full of useless stuff

-Detail pane: i feel explorer incomplete without it On. And moving it from bottom to right side was the most stupid idea. It's nothing but a headache now. while at bottom it was one of the best things about Vista/7.

-Ribbon interface: If expanded, takes up lot of explorer space. And if minimized, you 'll need more clicks compared to 7 to get the job done.

-That so called Metro Menu/Apps. Why Legacy Desktop users would want that mess on their computer? Each have their own favourite legacy apps for every thing. Why would they want full screen app which also requires to login and stuff. 7 is dedicated desktop OS without any of useless stuff.

Then there is removal of gadgets/Aero and stuff.
They think suddenly everybody is using Surface Pro for everything.
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13 Jan 2015   #24
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

You can totally REMOVE the Metro stuff from the menu - you never even have to see metro on W10 -- however if you DO have a touch laptop / device being able to use Touch is very nice for some scenarios - especially say when you are giving a power point demo in front of a decent sized audience for example.

For folder display any decent Linux file browser beats any Windows file explorer hands down - for example I find this type of display really good (and the icons DO expand as you move the slider too). (Dolphin file browser with KDE desktop)

I'd wait and see though before condemning W10 -- it IMO will be fine at release time. W7 really takes an AGE to boot compared with it !!!

Screenshot of a DECENT file browser

Cheers
jimbo


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13 Jan 2015   #25
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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This OS seriously deserves an SP2 treatment.
You just said a mouthful, friend! Even if it only was an aggregate of all updates to date (excluding Bing and Silverlight), it would be extremely welcome.
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13 Jan 2015   #26
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Jimbo you keep referring to boot times ?
I have not seen any difference in speed of startup or boot my friend that is not always a case to refer to
7 is quite fast for myself and anyone that knows how to keep unnecessary startup items from creating startup folders
And have switched to ssd's
7 starts blazing fast for me so there is No difference in timing.

Some of us have gone a very long time Rejecting Bing desktop search for a darn good reason,
It has Zero practical sense as a default search on the start menu.
Cheers.
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13 Jan 2015   #27
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Bing ????? Never used it.

Not sure how people set up their computers but apart from a smaller Menu (W7 menu takes up a ridiculous amount of space on a large monitor) and different background colour there's almost no difference in my desktop layout between W10 and W7 - other than the touch keyboard I have enabled in W10.

A lot of the gripes like Bing and Ms accounts instead of Local accounts are probably because people haven't done a basic R.T.F.M and have just pressed Next, Next etc without looking at what they were doing.

I HATED Gadgets and AERO is simply eye candy which probably will be bought back at the next release.

I really don't like the HUGE W7 start menu --it's fine on a small laptop or monitor but gets quite frankly REDICULOUS when viewed on a 50 inch screen !!!.

W10's menu at least is re-sizeable so it doesn't look so ridiculous on a large monitor. You can also delete all those Metr apps on the right side of the menu too if you want a "classic Text" looking menu.

My point is that corporations will upgrade - and to skip W8 is a a good idea - going to W10 is the best route for them. Most of their users will simply have no problem in using the computer just like they've always done.

I really use the Storage spaces feature a lot too -- not available on W7. I have large multi-media libraries and being able to span them across many DIFFERENT SIZE volumes (unlike RAID) gives me far more flexibility too --- I'm not sure how you would manage say a 3 TB Video data base on W7 unless you had large HDD's -- and even then what happens when the disk is full. With storage spaces you just dynamically add another one so your DB can be several HUNDRED TB in size if you want it that large.


By all means keep using W7 - but while it will get security updates for a while forget any nice new features from being added - and that includes hardware too.

Anyway I've said my piece on this -- I'm absolutely NOT against W7 - was one of the best OS'es ever produced - but time moves on. The way I use computers now is so totally different to how I used them when W7 was first released - I probably couldn't have even imagined back then the things I can do now - and having a decent common platform IMO is also a great idea.

Cheers
jimbo
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13 Jan 2015   #28
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

I challenge a lot of W7 users to tell me what they CAN'T do in W10 that they CAN do in W7 (apart possibly from some really old legacy programs).


W10 boots ridiculously fast compared with W7 even with all the debug features Ms obviously has in the preview.

Cheers
jimbo


Jimbo45,

Are you basing boot time for windows 10 in the virtual machine because that would not be accurate. I have tested out windows 10 preview. Windows 10 was installed in the 2nd primary partition. Nope, it didn't boot-up faster on my system.

Windows 7 Operating system doesn't brick hard drives.

Here is one thing windows 10 preview can't do exactly that windows 10 preview can't do is this type of gray theme. (I assume windows 8 & 8.1 can't do this either but I never used those systems except for a brief moment).


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13 Jan 2015   #29
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there.

The fact that ANY NON EMBEDDED OS (such as Linux / Windows FOR DESKTOPS / Windows / Apple Tablets) can Brick a hard drive is quite frankly so utterly absurd as to be not worth commenting upon - unless you downloaded from a Torrent --then you get what you deserve.

Anyway W10 isn't perfect yet --it's STILL Pre-beta and boot up times aren't a mega issue.

The whole point of my answers was to say that going to W10 for most users - especially in a workplace is no big deal (or won't be when the final is released) -- pre Beta software will always have some defects in it - but remarkably few from what I've seen.

A few glitches are to be expected.

But again the whole idea of a desktop OS bricking a HDD shows that you are just mouthing somebody else's posts and you totally haven't a clue how a DESKTOP OS like Windows works.

Android is quite different due to the nature of the OS being written to a phone ROM. Windows isn't written to a ROM but boots totally FROM AN SSD / HDD. To Brick an HDD you have to get into the Microcode of the Disk controller -- which Windows doesn't do. Embedded OS'es are a different matter entirely but even then it's usually possible to re-flash the ROM.

Look at things like Windows to Go which boots TOTALLY from an external HDD even if there's no HDD in the laptop or it's broken. (BTW Windows to Go doesn't exist in W7 !!). Absolutely no messing about with BIOS / HDD controller's ROM etc. Forget about Windows type OS'es bricking HDD's.

Anyway I'm out of this thread - use W7 for as long as you like - nothing to stop you - but you'll miss out on new software and techniques and if you work in anything to do with computers you'll be stuck more and more in the old Legacy support rather than get involved in nice new interesting development work.

Cheers
jimbo
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13 Jan 2015   #30
robinb9

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

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Long live windows 7, the best OS ever.
Ditto
This is the only os they got right!
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