Windows 7: Tested in depth

256 Over at CNET there is an in-depth review of Windows  7. It is a very encouraging review of Windows 7 and just may help you decide whether or not to upgrade your existing version of Windows to the new operating system.

Some quotes:
  • “As buggy and irritating as Vista was, Windows 7 isn’t. Instead, it’s the successor to Windows XP that Microsoft wishes Vista had been, and finally places it on competitive footing with other major operating systems such as OS X and Linux.”
  • ….more than just ‘Vista done right’”
  • “XP Mode creates a virtual environment within Windows 7 that should assuage any fears of upgrading without backwards compatibility.”
  • “Windows 7 provides more options for user customisation of UAC.”
His overall conclusion:

Windows 7 looks like the operating system that both Microsoft and its consumers have been waiting for. By fixing most of the perceived and real problems in Vista, Microsoft has laid the groundwork for the future of where Windows will go. Windows 7 presents a stable platform that can compete comfortably with OS X, while reassuring the world that Microsoft can still turn out a strong, useful operating system.

A  very encouraging view and one that I can wholeheartedly support. Windows 7 just rocks, and I recommend it to those that are unhappy with Vista.

I encourage you to read over the above article in its entirety and also to download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC is compatible.

win7_reportI just ran the Upgrade Advisor on my Dell laptop and here’s the good news:

All is fine here as regards my software and hardware. The only ‘problem area’ is that Windows Mail, Vista Ultimate Extras and Parental Control are not part of Windows 7 (they came with Vista and there is no equivalent in Windows 7), so I will need to download and install Windows Live programs to replace these.

How does your PC compare? Is it ready for Windows 7? Find out today!