The Longhorn beta, upon its release, was buggy and slow, which proved a sticking point with many beta users in the past. Microsoft apparently “took note” of the feedback submitted during Longhorn beta testing, but what was released three years ago was actually a worse version of the beta. On its release, Vista was hailed as the worst OS Microsoft had ever released, with some even drawing parallels with Windows ME. You were considered very lucky if Vista worked for you right out the box.

Fast forward to 2009, and we have yet another Windows release on the horizon. Many have speculated that Windows 7 will be another clone of Vista, with just about the same problems too, but I can tell you that this is not the case.

win7desktopFirstly, everything is exactly where you would expect it to be. Looking for your network window? No longer is it a tedious task to find it, as it was with Vista and XP, it sits in your notification area on the desktop. There’s even the chance that you never need to use it, as you can administer all your connections from your desktop, which is really a refreshing change. There’s even a friendly reminder in the form of the Action Centre that lists tasks that should be carried out ASAP to protect Windows – definitely something to help users new to the Windows world.

Another welcome change is the memory management. No doubt many of you are familiar with the norm to turn off Superfetch in Vista, which just about doubles performance in 2D desktop mode. You’ll be glad to know that Windows 7 on 1GB of RAM runs just as well as Vista on 2GB… with Superfetch still running.

Want more good news? Most of the problems one had with Vista have been fixed in 7, and any fixes for Vista will most definitely work in 7, seeing as they both share the same kernel (upgrading should be a cinch.) And if you so happen to be one of those people who purchased Vista on its own, or pre-loaded onto a PC from June/July this year, you have the option of upgrading to 7 for free. That’s a Win-Win situation, right? [*cough, splutter* – Ed]

That's right, it's a new MS Paint.

That's right, it's a new MS Paint.

Also, Windows 7 32-bit seems to have the same stability as a 64-bit Vista install, or certainly any well-administered Vista install running on a mainstream PC. Not once did I get a BSoD from 7 while running it on my laptop; sadly the same couldn’t be said of XP, or Vista to some point. I even got Aero to work – on a chipset now unsupported by Vista – much to my surprise. I still couldn’t play my anime properly, but there should be a workaround to that.

To put it short and sweet: Windows 7 will rock your world. I urge everyone to get their hands on it and try it out. With the way things are going, it could even be released this year – and it continues to get better each day.

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