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5.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, November 17, 2012
This review is from: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack [Old Packaging] (Software)
I notice Windows 7 remains more expensive than Windows 8. Usually this would surprise me, but after installing Windows 8 I realize that Windows 7 is a more viable operating system. Even considering the minimal performance benefits of Windows 8, I recommend Windows 7 for over 90% of people who ask me about this issue. You would have to be an IT genius or someone who has never used a computer to be a good fit for Windows 8. If you are a gamer, developer, designer, casual user, professional, or someone who has owned Windows in the past, Windows 7 Ultimate is probably the best OS you could possibly buy.

The OS is straight forward and builds upon the legacy of Microsoft Windows, maintaining the features of the past while building upon them in innovative and helpful ways. I love how Windows 7 allows for easy searching of features like the "device manager"--simply tap the Start button on your keyboard and type "device manager". In Windows 8 this process is confusing and requires more navigation and clicking to achieve the same result. Performing the same exact process in Windows 8 results in an error.

In Windows 7 dragging a Window to the left, right, or top edge of the screen neatly optimizes the Window to fit the left half, right half, or whole screen. Hotkeys Windows-Left-Arrow, Windows-Right-Arrow, and Windows-Up-Arrow perform the same tasks--genius! (These keys are maintained within Windows 8).

From an IT perspective Windows 7 is a deployment breeze. It is very intelligent about working the first time after installation, usually with functioning drivers already installed. In some cases I have to go to another PC and find a network driver for a laptop build, but this is rare. Windows 7 crashes less frequently than other versions of Windows, but will show the BSOD if you junk it up enough. Like previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 has the famous "registry"--a flawed yet still-used concept that remains the Achilles' heel of Windows. (The best software runs by itself without modifying the Windows registry).

Windows 7 scales back the pretty design-factor present in Windows Vista. For some users this will be a let down, but in general it doesn't seem to matter. Microsoft focused more on reliability than visual flare. (Windows 8 furthers this trend, looking flat and cardboard-like in a world of growing 3D interest). Windows 7 remains elegant and reliable -- a combination of factors I hope is restored in Windows 9.

My least favorite aspect of this OS remains the fragmented versions and the cost. I would prefer a single version, similar to the way Apple does it, at a much lower cost. I would prefer to give Microsoft $19.99 or $29.99 for a direct download of this OS. Time will tell if Microsoft changes their pricing and distribution models. Either way I highly recommend Windows 7, and Amazon seems to have the best deal going here.
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Initial post: Sep 29, 2013 7:28:06 PM PDT
Tymon says:
Yeah, windows 8... Is absolute garbage. Especially with the godawful metro UI which is designed for touch screens. Even microsoft employees have admitted that it is horrible with a mouse. Yet they refuse to change it... Probably because that would require them to admit they screwed up by forcing a change that would be akin to a car manufacturer suddenly saying 'From now on, let's make all our cars with square steering wheels! We like to push boundaries! And it still functions!'

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 6:59:52 PM PST
H Roller says:
I called Microsoft today to try to replace Windows 8 with Windows 7. Not only will they not give me any credit for my current useless windows 8 license, but Microsoft NO LONGER SELLS WINDOWS 7. Windows 7 will get more and more expensive because of scarcity.
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