A Personal View
I have been running Windows Vista Ultimate for several months before Windows 7 beta came out. Being that I am heavily into graphic design and photo editing, my machine had enough horsepower to handle the load of Vista. Yeah, when Vista came out everyone hated it, and lots of people still do… but everyone hated XP when it first came out too. There is a learning curve between XP and Vista, not so much between Vista and 7. Why the learning curve? Well, new operating systems have different features and therefore have new things to be learned. The biggest difference that I have noticed about 7 is that its’ foot print is much smaller, doesn’t require as much horsepower as Vista, and has a smooth interface that is user friendly. One of my biggest complaints about 7 is that the wireless zero configuration does not work as well as XP or Vista. It doesn’t seem to remember your preferred settings. And of course, as always, drivers are not readily available for all devices. I have been able to run 7 on my Acer Netbook quite nicely with only 1GB of RAM and an Atom 1.6Ghz processor. It is a little slow at times because of the 5400RPM hard drive, but that’s an easy fix if it bothered me that much. There has also been an exploit already found in Windows 7 and also Server 2008 R2.
“Microsoft has issued a security advisory to acknowledge a crippling denial-of-service flaw affecting its newest operating systems — Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.”
<a href=”http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4938″> Source </a>
All in all Windows 7 is a big improvement from Vista and after the first inevitable service pack 1, it probably will be much better, but I do not recommend it yet for an upgrade from XP. Let it have at least 6 months to marinade in the world of end users and then decide if it’s worth the change.<br>