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Windows 7: 10 reasons why it is worth the upgrade to Windows 7

27 Aug 2009   #1

10 reasons why it is worth the upgrade to Windows 7

As any new version of Windows, one of the questions which puts any user is "what brings new?",and "Is that worth the upgrade?". And rightly so. Not all new versions bring lots of news and important enough to convince the user or a specific company to invest in upgrade. At Windows 7,Upgrade subject is more sensitive because it comes after Vista, an OS that simply "did not work" for some people.
Windows 7 doesn't comes with revolutionary ideas. Moving step from Vista to Windows 7 is not as big as the one from Windows 2000 to Windows XP, for example. Some people see in Windows 7 a kind of service pack to Vista, which, on the one hand, it is true. First care for those at Microsoft was to Windows 7 image don't look just as rumple as that of Windows Vista. The second was to Windows 7 don't take Vista's problems. Finally, only the third plane had located new functions.

Yes, there are sufficient reasons why it deserves to upgrade to Windows 7. Here are 10 of them, perhaps most important:

1. Running more fluently

I don't go into boring explanations, the essence is that Vista is suffering in certain situations a slow rolling whose fault is somewhere between Aero interface and video card. The problem was repaired in Windows 7 and the new OS is more fluent and respond more quickly to common commands.

In this chapter, Windows 7 it proves to be higher and superior to Windows XP, not only to Vista. On new computers,indifferently they are stronger or weaker, Windows 7 is over XP. I did this test on a netbook and I was surprised to see that Windows 7 runs better than XP's on a netbook with standard specifications (Intel Atom processor, one GB of RAM). If XP's became slower with time and installing a large number of programs, Windows 7 keeps its flexibility even if Windows registry causes increase in size of the keys added by programs installed.

2. Boot and shutdown times better

Windows 7 starts and closes faster than Vista. No need to timers, if you runed Vista in the last 2-3 years you felt it. For some this is very important. To me that never close the system on the laptop and give one restart about once a week is not as important. And here it appears as another's Windows 7 good thing: you can keep it open longer, with regular standby breaks without problems.

3. XP Mode

Compatibility issues between Vista and Windows 7 are minimal or not at for all. However, a number of programs still refuses to go on another operating system than XP. For these cases there's XP Mode - a virtual environment in which programs compatible only with Windows XP can be used under Windows 7.

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4. New Taskbar

Contrary to those which think is not important, the new taskbar is one of the main reasons why it deserves to upgrade. Your taskbar in Windows 7 is more flexible and more functional. Quick Launch toolbar is merged with taskbar itself, you can reorder the windows on the taskbar and you can choose to display only the icon of a program without the related text.

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New Taskbar

On a wide screen resolution of at least 1280 x 800 pixels, your taskbar in Windows 7 on mode "Always combine, hide labels" is standing good on sides.

5. Autonomy

Windows 7 beats previous OS and at autonomy. On laptops, Windows 7 offers autonomy with 10% higher than Vista or even longer in some cases. Although options for Power are largely the same, Windows 7 brings something new here, function Dim the lights.

Dim the lights is exactly the same feature that we know from cell phones. When not feeding the outlet and is idle, the screen gradually reduce its brightness. How the screen is one of the biggest consumers of energy, the economy is taken as such.

6. Wireless

For those who have laptops and connect to one or more wireless network,the mode how Windows 7 handles this issue is a good reason to upgrade.

Managing connections is very simple. If you click the networking icon in the Taskbar will be displayed in a small window, all available networks. Double click on the desired network and within seconds you will have Internet.

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Wireless Networks

7. Jump Lists

Although it takes part from Taskbar, Jump List is a feature which worth mentioning separately. As simple, as it proves practical. A Jump List refers to the list of shortcuts that appears when you right click a program on the taskbar. For example, if you right click the shortcut of Windows Explorer will appear frequently accessed folders.

That's not all. You can select some of those folders to be displayed permanently. And more, just drag in drop in a window of Windows Explorer icon in takbar can add other folders to the Jump List.

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Jump List

8. Configure UAC

Unlike Vista, which often get stress or disable it in Windows 7 you have more control over UAC (User Account Control). You can choose between 4 "stress levels". To each level are listed where the UAC confirmation will be displayed.

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UAC Configuration

9. Libraries

Libraries from Windows 7 are not absolutely new, but a more accessible form of saved searches in Vista (which I'm sure very few have been curious to try). There are 4 libraries: documents, images, music and video. Each library can contain multiple directories, regardless of their partition and route. For example,with video library you have quick access to any movie on the computer, regardless of the folder where is stored.

10. Aero Upgrade

Finally, graphical improvements may also be a reason, even if minor, to upgrade. Snap Aero, Aero Aero Peak and Shake are features that add little utility and more show. As a bonus, Window Title Bar's have transparency effects and when they are maximized, which in Vista was not the case.

Concluding, I recommend you upgrade to Windows 7 so for those who have Vista and for XP's nostalgics. And no, I'm not paid by Microsoft to make that recommendation.

Author:Liviu Mihai
Source:Windows 7 - 10 motive pentru care merită upgrade-ul la Windows 7

Translated by me!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Aug 2009   #2


Worth to upgrade?

Post some comments!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well, my opinion is that it does run smoother than Vista and the bootup and shutdown times are certainly improved. Whether it's much smoother than XP or not is another story, but if you are starting from scrach, installing 7 gets you up and running and fully functional faster than XP ever will (since there will be lots of subsequent loading on XP)

XP Mode: It's only there for Pro, Enterprise and Ultimate customers and it performs horribly. There were already lots of virtualization options available as long as you have a license to run XP. And if you didn't upgrade to 7, and instead staying on wouldn't really need XP Mode. This point kinda pointless.

New taskbar: Lots of people used 3rd party taskbars anyway like Rocket dock and such. Not sure if that taskbar is a real selling point for me. I do like the Aero Peek function...but with dual monitors, I don't use it much.

Jumplists: I'm not using them they aren't a big deal for me.

Configurable UAC: Think this is not going to be a huge hit. Most people will either leave UAC on, and more will simply turn it off completely so they are never bothered.

Aero Upgrade: Aero shake is useless in my opinion. Aero peek is useful. Aero snap is more annoying than useful.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

here we go, not another one of those 'for/against' thread starters again
i've already upgraded, vista can 'bite my shiny metal ar$e!' if i was made of metal, lol
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RTM

1-10.) Infinitely better than XP
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Aug 2009   #6


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Aug 2009   #7

xp/Windows 7

I absolutely love the new look (never took the jump to Vista). Gorgeous! There's a lot to like, but also a lot missing for a 'power' user coming from XP. Where's the 'url' bar in explorer? I'm constantly wanting to paste a path in to jump to a directory. And don't get me started on UAC. First thing I do on every install is shut that damn thing off. Didn't have it in W3.1, W95, XP and sure don't need it in W7. UAC will be loved by IT groups and grandmothers, but that's all.
Not quite so much vertical height with all the fat borders and headers, but I can live with that because it's so gorgeous (Will NOT upgrade to office 2007 though, for the same reason)
I've gotten use to all the changes and even have grown to like "libraries". Is it worth the $100 to upgrade from XP and are you really gaining anything? No, but I probably will.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Aug 2009   #8


The address bar is still there. Click on the beread crumbs, but not on a drop down arrow, and it will magically appear. I think a right click will bring it up also.

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