5 things you must know about Windows 7.

In just over one month, Microsoft will release its long awaited and highly publicized OS dubbed Windows 7. This version of Windows has no doubt received  positive vibes from a lot of people. However, if you are thinking of upgrading to this OS when it finally goes on sale, then wait and read these five things you probably have forgotten before you pay out your hard earned income for it.
Windows 7 is still Windows.
Windows 7, no matter how polished and nice it looks, is still Windows and as such still has all the past history of Windows in its heritage. So never think Windows 7 is anything different for it is still Windows from almighty Microsoft.
Windows 7 has no killer features
Windows 7 has no killer features that is so radically different from Vista or even XP. Yes it is very eye candy and supports touch tech, but I don’t think that’s what gets the work done for you. You should not pay for an OS just to get some nice looking icons or a nice looking desktop.
Windows 7 will cost you good money.
The upgrade price of  Windows 7,  ranges between  $100 and  $300. That’s quite some money you are paying for an OS that is more of an update to Vista than a real new release.
Windows 7 is still a resource hog
Though Windows 7 hardware requirement are a shade lower than that of Vista, it still is a resource hog. You will need
1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
1GB of main memory
16GB of available disk space
Support for DX9 graphics with 128MB of memory (for the Aero interface)
That’s a lot of horse power especially if you live in developing places like Africa.
Windows 7 is no more secure than Vista or XP
Windows is said to have the security of a drunken teenager behind a steering wheel in the night. Windows 7 security is not any much different from its predecessors. Security flaws were discovered as long as January when the RC was fresh. These news items here, here and here will help remind you about Windows 7’s bad start.
These are five basic things you should have at the back of your mind if you intend upgrading to Windows 7. What I generally recommend is that you rather get the other “Windows 7” which will also debut around that time but is christened Karmic Koala by another up and coming company called Canonical. The alpha release of what I am talking about can be found here. Try that one and you will be glad you did.
Will you be upgrading to Windows 7? If so why or why not? Share your thoughts. Talkback!

7 Replies to “5 things you must know about Windows 7.”

  1. [quote]Windows 7 has no killer features
    Windows 7 has no killer features that is so radically different from Vista or even XP. Yes it is very eye candy and supports touch tech, but I don't think that's what gets the work done for you. You should not pay for an OS just to get some nice looking icons or a nice looking desktop.[/quote]
    So…..what about peek,shake,snap, homegroup, the taskbar…….no new features?

    [quote]Windows 7 will cost you good money.
    The upgrade price of Windows 7, ranges between $100 and $300. That's quite some money you are paying for an OS that is more of an update to Vista than a real new release.[/quote]
    Of course it will cost money, so does a loaf of bread. The money you'd pay is worth it,IMO.

    [quote]Windows 7 is still a resource hog
    Though Windows 7 hardware requirement are a shade lower than that of Vista, it still is a resource hog. You will need
    1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
    1GB of main memory
    16GB of available disk space
    Support for DX9 graphics with 128MB of memory (for the Aero interface)
    That's a lot of horse power especially if you live in developing places like Africa.[/quote]

    Windows 7 takes a little more than 700MB to run on my PC. Hardly a rescource hog!
    Oh, and developing countries like Africa can afford $300 for an OS?

  2. @anonymous all the features you mentioned are not features that imho will increase win7's productivity to any meaninful extent beyond that of say vista or even xp. Also, i never mentioned Africa in the context of cost bcos virtually all windows copies here are pirated. But even a pirated windows os must still run on some hardware

  3. Unoobtu is still Linux
    Unoobtu, no matter what version, is still a clunky, unpolished, hodgepodge UI with little to no QA. Bottom line – it's still linux with it's parade of amateur applications.

    Unoobtu has no killer features
    Release after release – it just adds whatever the latest version of it's crappy applications and wraps it up with the same old bugs before adding a few more just because they can.

    Unoobtu is free.
    Proving once again you get what you pay for. Kludge code, poor management, rush to market, lack of QA, lack of polished UI, integration problems, political infighting, and more bugs then you can shake a RAID can at.

    Unoobtu is becoming a resource hog.
    Remember in the old days when the Linux kernal could fit on a floppy disk? Long gone. Now Linux seems hell bent on copying Microsoft in it's never ending race to become the king of bloatware.

    More FUD on security.
    Windows – properly setup and managed is as stable and secure as Linux or any other OS. Just because Unoobtu protects it's moronic users from themselves by removing the root account doesn't make it safer. And Unoobtu has had plenty of updates pushed out that fubar'd their system.

  4. Hi, I agree with all of your points. However, 7 feels faster and more logical/natural to use than Vista.

    XP is the benchmark for compatibility for any os and 7 builds on that. Vista was an abomination.

    I'm a linux user (Arch64) and to me mobile devices appear the best option for spreading the linux word.

    Sadly, for open-source, 7 is going to come pre-installed on millions of devices and it's going to take a miracle for linux to increase market share. M$, this time, has improved it's OS.

  5. i am using windows 7 rc and it is not as much a resource hog as you seem to insinuate. its using like 500mb to run and i have a lot open. vista was much greedier. also i like the eye candy, particularly the transparency in the windows and the decreased boot time. i am not a computer wizard so i don't need so much to get my woke done. this is a nice controversy sparking post

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