Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
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- Share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music--you can even watch, pause, rewind, and record TV
- Start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often
- Make your web experience faster, easier and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8
- Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup
- Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation
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Windows 7 Home Premium offers a rich, dynamic entertainment experience on your PC, making it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want.
Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
Manufacturer Part Number: GFC-00019
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Brand Name: Microsoft
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Package Type: Retail
Product Type: Operating System
Software Sub Type: Client
Software Name: Windows7 Home Premium
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Platform Support: PC
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Reasons why Windows 7 is still preferable to Windows 8:
1) Win8 is designed for a world where everyone is using touch screens for computing. The truth is, we use touch screens for mobile computing frequently (smart phones, mp3 players, tablets, etc), but not on our laptops or desktops as much. It's likely that one day we will use touch screens for many more things, but that day has not arrived yet.
2) The lack of a start button is not the end of the world, but it is a pain in the ass. I still have yet to figure out how to open an app on top of my desktop (e.g. on the same screen as my desktop) rather than returning to the home screen (which is not the desktop), and opening the app from there. This was recently very obnoxious when I was trying to add a bunch of numbers together using the calculator app. I had to switch between my desktop and the homescreen to get the numbers to plug into the calculator app.
3) I don't like the centralized "app store" that Win8 ships with. While this makes sense for mobile phones, on a computer where accessing the free web is easy, it just feels like a proprietary push.
That said, Windows 8 is totally usable -- it's just designed well ahead of its time, so much so that its functionality isn't a good fit for my needs today.
As an upgrade from Vista Home Premium, it was seemless. I first used Windows 7 Adviser (download available free from Microsoft) to see which version of Windows 7 is right for me. One cannot upgrade willy nilly from any version of Windows to any version of Windows 7. Then, I used Windows Easy Transfer to migrate my data to an external hard drive. I don't think I needed Easy Transfer for the upgrade from Vista, but it came in useful later, when I had to do a clean install.
Upgrading went very smoothly. I retained all my software and settings. I really loved how easy it was.
WINDOWS EASY TRANSFER
It may interest some of you to know sysprep will not work on a computer with an OEM version of Vista with a paid upgrade to Windows 7. I could not even perform a Windows repair with the full version disk. Nope. Once I changed out my motherboard and CPU, I had to use this full version to do a clean install, after which I ran Windows Easy Transfer. Windows Easy Transfer did not restore all my software or even my email settings, but I did give me back my wallpaper.
I had to do a few clean installs: the first time after upgrading my motherboard and CPU, the second time after upgrading my hard drive (cloning the old drive failed and my disk backup image did not work). I know, I should have done it all at once.
The first clean install was flawless. The second clean install was fraught with problems. Windows would not let me repair nor do a clean install. "On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed on GPT disks." Lots of googling to solve this problem, and I did not find anything like what I finally did: I went to the "advanced" screen of the Windows setup screen and deleted all the partitions. That worked.
WINDOWS 7 VS. WINDOWS 8 AND VISTA
Compared to Vista, Windows 7 is very familiar. It feels stable. I haven't had it lock up or anything. I like the taskbar on the bottom of the screen. I like being able to see small screenshots of my work by hovering over the icons there. I like anchoring my most used software there.
We do have Windows 8 at home and I chose not to upgrade to that. Windows 8 is very cluttered and clunky. Everything takes far too many clicks, like taking a roundabout route just to turn off the machine. I consider Windows 8 a downgrade.
Yes, I do like Windows 7. It's very nice -- the best Windows system to upgrade to at the moment.
I found out that one feature not listed as left out in the home premium version is the group policy editor. gpedit.msc
I suppose I should have just known this being that the editor is more of a commercial feature but it was not listed as left out so I had to take a guess/chance.
If you need the gpedit.msc than you will need to get the professional version. Unless of course you are willing to download and install some third party hacks which claim to install this feature into the home version. I myself do not trust any of these hacks as they are more likely just some form of trojan.
I run Windows 7 under Parallels on my MacBook Pro laptop and this installed very easily. I got it started late one evening and let it install overnight. When I got back to it in the morning, it was ready to go.
Because it's Microsoft Windows and I have spent many hundreds of hours of my life fixing Windows problems over the last 25 years, I cannot rate it five stars. I just cannot go there. ;-)