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Goodbye Windows 7, hello Linux.
, April 2, 2012
This review is from: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack [Old Packaging] (DVD-ROM)
I tried to use Win 7, I did. I have been some type of computer related technician for the past 20 years and in that time I have fixed and used just about every OS that has come out, from pure DOS to Windows 3.0 to 3.11 to OS/2-Warp, to Bob, to 95, 98, 98SE, Me, NT 3.5-4.0, Win2k, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Beta 8, and various Mac and ()nix OS. I know computers, I know what it means to fix, repair, and use computers. I have lived through change after change, some good, some bad, some stupid, some smart. That being said.
I hate Windows 7 (although not as much as I hate Windows 8).
If your computer knowledge is clicking about the internet and checking your email, then Windows 7 is for you, but so is every other OS out there after it's been properly setup for you. Mac, Ubuntu, Windows 7, they all will let you click about on a web browser.
I am going to write this as a letter to Microsoft, or at least their design team.
I USE a computer, for making scripts, scanning networks, pushing IOS updates, tracking thousands of computers and manipulating data and documents, sometimes 10,000 documents at a time. I am one of the people that MAKES the things behind the clickable internet you know.
This software is barely usable, it's somewhat more stable than XP, a lot better than Vista, but it's user interface has been dramatically changed, so much that I can no longer use it.
Some of the things were changed for security reasons (explorer in a separate process is gone), and I can deal with a few of them, but the GUI looks like it was designed by someone with A.D.D., things that were put there in the past to make things easier for techs like me are gone, replaced by idiot links (for instance right-clicking the network tray icon will not let you access "status" anymore).
Search is slow, a memory hog, a hardrive killer, and worthless for anything technical. Search can no longer be opened from a folder you're not currently in, and can no longer be opened in a separate window, it will also by default not search and index inside scary (sarcasm) system files like (XML, NFO, INI and the like). Searching for files used to be a lot easier, both normal and advanced, you reduced functionality with your changes, why?
Changing the name of a file will attempt to change only the name not the extension (this cannot be changed). Upon changing the name, clicking anywhere will then highlight everything between the original file and where you happened to click (potentially causing untold file deletions).
Moving your mouse across the folder pane to the right side in file explorer will cause all of the subfolder arrows (or plus icons) to disappear from the folders that have sub-folders (this makes no sense, why would you remove information from my screen for no benefit or reason?).
You removed all the menu options by default in the file explorer, why?
You stuck in an non-removable "favorites" menu in file explorer, why? Why does it have to be there, why is it no longer my choice?
The "Start" menu is virtually worthless, and reorganizing links is a nightmare because of the redesign.
The HDPC controls you put in place against the best interests of your customers is sad.
The fact that there is really only one version of Windows 7 on every DVD, and depending on what key you use, one of the various crippled versions will be installed, that is sad, you already paid to develop the whole thing, and then to artificially cripple it so you can piecemeal it out is just greedy (we all know that allowing only 10 concurrent network file connections is an artificial limitation put into place by you).
The GUI is pretty, but with using 2,000mb of RAM it better be.
UAC, it's worthless, and most people just turn it off anyway, if you're going to make a "Home" version (and not just an artificially crippled business version), then make it have features that work correctly in a "Home" environment.
If I want to turn things off, then let me, warn me if you must, but let me do it. I have a physical firewall, and do not need yours to run. Thanks, but no thanks.
You had RAID5 in Server 2003 (and inside XP if you had a hex editor), but you don't offer it on any version of Windows 7, why? Instead of keeping old options (RAID5) and giving us new ones too like RAID 6, you removed everything but mirror.
Multiple monitor support sucks in Windows 7, oh they come on, they just might flip sides, show bogus resolutions and about 5 other problems related to them.
The anti-piracy methods you implemented do nothing to stop piracy, but they do screw with actual paying customers. Not everyone wants to call Microsoft to essentially get permission every time they want/need to change out a piece of hardware. And FYI, that big ass code you have to read them, and the code they read back, will have to be done every swinging time you need to reload that OS after the hardware change.
There are lots of issues with Windows 7, I only listed a few. If you are new to computers and have a choice, just buy a Linux box, a Mac, or a Windows 7 PC it doesn't matter. If you do file manipulation on XP, keep away from this and just go with Linux, the learning curve is high, but at least in the end you can use it as efficiently as you did XP.
And Microsoft, you will be getting no more of my money ever again. Do yourself a favor, and fire the team that changed the GUI from XP to Vista/Win7, they are either idiots, or are designing for idiots, and it's pissing us non-idiots off. BTW, if you own stock in Microsoft, sell it BEFORE they launch Windows 8.
People liked XP because it was between a Mac (too simplistic) and Linux (too complicated), it was just the right mix of both. Windows 7 is not what I want.
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