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[News] [Rival] AP Gives Vista 7 Unimpressive Marks

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] AP Gives Vista 7 Unimpressive Marks
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 03:00:57 +0100
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Review: Windows 7 strong, but don't pay to upgrade

,----[ Quote ]
| In weeks of testing the final version of Windows 
| 7 on five computers, I encountered only one 
| serious glitch. The backup function simply didn't 
| work on one computer. The error message was 
| obscure as always, and troubleshooting on 
| Microsoft's Web site provided no solution. I 
| ended up using third-party backup software. Given 
| that regular backups are essential for a home 
| computer, one can only hope that this will be an 
| unusual problem that gets fixed promptly.
| Another disappointment is that Windows 7 doesn't 
| seem to improve boot-up times. In my tests, it 
| took slightly longer to get going on Windows 7 
| than with XP or Vista on the same computer. I 
| don't think this should be a major issue, though 
| â instead of shutting your computer down, use 
| "sleep mode" instead. This function has improved 
| a lot since XP, and most computers take about 10 
| seconds to wake up.


Microsoft giving away another 777 copies of Windows 7

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft is giving away 777 copies of Windows 7 
| Ultimate to residents living in Zevenhuizen, the 
| Netherlands. The catch is pretty straightforward: 
| you can't be using Mac OS or Linux as your 
| primary operating system.
| [...]
| In fact, one of the requirements is that you must 
| be in possession of a PC with Windows as the 
| primary OS; those using mainly Mac OS or Linux 
| can't participate. Another requirement is that 
| the PC gets a green light from the Windows 7 
| Upgrade Advisor. 


Who wants another Vista anyway?


Windows 7 â Itâs Vista All Over Again

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| âThere you go againâ. The Gipper said it in
| 1982, and Iâm saying it today â but about
| Windows 7, not Jimmy Carter.
| Because the more I play with Windows 7, the
| more I see the Vista debacle unfolding all
| over again. The commonly accepted wisdom is
| that Windows 7 is oh-so-much-better than
| Vista. Well, based on my own extensive
| testing, itâs not. Not at all.
| First a bit of history. Back in 2006 I was
| editor-in-chief of PC Magazine. Vista was
| coming out and we were pretty darn
| laudatory. Microsoft provided us with new
| hardware, we tested beta versions of Vista,
| and we loved it. Shortly after it shipped,
| alas, the Wow was less Now than Ow. Vista
| sucked upon release to the world for a wide
| range of reasons â not least because the
| networking and audio driver models were
| completely rebuilt in the six months prior
| to release. That led to driver problems,
| along with general instability. When I left
| PC Magazine in 2007, my parting column was
| a bit of an apology â weâd been too easy on
| what turned out to be one of Microsoftâs
| more uneven efforts.
| Itâs easy to get snowed. Microsoft provides
| its favored reviewers a steady stream of
| highlights, new versions, and new features
| â along with brand new hardware to run the
| new builds upon. A team of technical
| marketers inside the borg stand at the
| ready â helping the anointed work through,
| and around, any problems that develop
| during testing.
| [...]
| Weâve seen this story before. Vista was
| overhyped when it came out by everyone from
| PC Magazine to the Wall Street Journal. And
| now Windows 7 is getting the same treatment.


Overheard: Windows 7 is just Vista with new shade of lipstick


Is Windows 7 Just a Vista Service Pack?


Is Windows 7 just Vista in disguise?


Ballmer: Windows 7 is Vista, just 'a lot better'

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