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Good but not great,
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This review is from: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack [Old Version] (DVD-ROM)
The installation was easy and the operating system is fine. However, as with every "improvement" from Microsoft, there are surprises. The biggest one is that Outlook Express is no longer included, so you will have to get some sort of e-mail program. They also never seem to tire of rearranging menus and toolbars so that you can no longer find things you have used for years. All that said, it works well and using the OEM version save a lot of money. The only difference that I can see is the packaging - a brown box instead of the plastic box with the nice graphics.
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2011 7:43:20 AM PDT
Warren F. Taylor says:
Microsoft replaced Outlook Express with Windows Live Mail, which should show up in Windows Update, or can be downloaded from website.
Posted on Jul 5, 2011 2:58:01 PM PDT
Shawna Mullins says:
I dislike how they have to rearrange everything with each new upgrade as well. Not everyone needs a more dumbed down "user friendly" interface. It's great for people to have that option, but I would like a "I've been using this software for 20 years, please stop screwing with me option" as well.
Many things kept me from upgrading from Vista to 7. I was one of the people who never had any issues with Vista, and find working with it fine. I saw 7 as Vista with the "ohhh shiny things" mentality attached to it. Dressed up and dumbed down. However newer software comes out, and works best with the newest Windows so, you have to upgrade eventually.
Im very happy to find it for less than $120 as I think it's really not worth that.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2011 2:14:31 PM PDT
Live mail is internetnet based software, not PC based, requires extra steps (logon) and allows MS to datamine email addresses and emails.
Posted on Jul 12, 2011 4:18:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2011 4:19:34 PM PDT
OEM version can only be installed to one motherboard, thus "builders edition" and whatever else it might say (it gets tied to the mobo once it's put on the hard drive, obviously). Guess it doesn't matter, by the time it's time to get a new computer Windows 8 will be out...
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2011 3:49:59 PM PDT
D. Maxwell says:
Why would you not want to use an internet mail provider? You have to move your email files to your new computer every time. And if your hard drive dies, you still have everything. Wait till the old etchesketch happens to your data on your monitor and you ask? How old is my last backup? Plus you can access your email account world wide (maybe not in North Korea or Iran).
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