Yes go I know there has been a non-stop coverage of the Windows 7 release, reviews, prediction, comparisons, general discussion, idle commentary its actually gotten quite annoying to me at least and I am a supporter of many Microsoft products but it has gotten quite tiresome nonetheless as I have been using the Release Candidate of Microsoft’s Windows 7 for since the day it first came available some months ago. I can only repeat what many other reviewers have said: Windows 7 is a superb OS that finally delivers what Vista promised.
I’ll give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt with Vista there are two explanations that are not mutually exclusive for the failure that was Vista:
- Microsoft needed to make a major update to Windows. Vista was a brand new OS rewritten from the ground up that made many necessary changes to the core of Windows. Unfortunately Microsoft moved too quickly consumers were not prepared to run the new OS even putting aside the flaws in it the OS ended up being clunky – I myself never really had a problem with Vista but I did notice several quirks and from the general reaction of other users it was bug ridden and slow so much so that people wanted to revert to XP.
- I am not sure the exact company but I believe it was Coca-Cola that released New Coke which the public hated causing them to bring back Coke Classic which made them a huge profit. Microsoft may have done something similar and tried to kill two birds with one stone by making some major updates to its OS in the process. I think that they underestimated the problems with Vista and the public dislike for it. With Windows 7 Microsoft has brought back “Coke Classic” so to speak reaffirming the Windows brand in the eyes of consumers.
That said I fully endorse anyone who can afford it to upgrade to Windows 7 as it is truly the best Windows to date, just as it should be. Windows 7 Release Candidate is far more stable than Vista ever was my record uptime is: 34 Days 4 Hours give or take several minutes. Here are the specs for this old Compaq laptop:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version 6.1.7100 Build 7100
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model Compaq Presario C700 Notebook PC
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2370 @ 1.73GHz, 1733 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard F.33, 29/04/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 1.99 GB
Available Physical Memory 935 MB
Total Virtual Memory 3.98 GB
Available Virtual Memory 2.28 GB
Nothing impressive here but still it ran beautifully for over a month of continuous daily use. My biggest complaint is the price of the upgrade to Ultimate when the evaluation period runs out and I have to pay for it, $300 is a tad much for my meager income.