Windows 7 Review on Video

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Microsoft’s operating system upgrade to Windows 7 is getting great positive reviews.  From the thousands of beta testers and reviews available, we can draw a few logical conclusions about Windows 7.  Windows 7 is more than just a small upgrade with a few nicely added features.   According to one CNET review, “It’s stable, smooth, and highly polished, introducing new graphical features, a new taskbar that can compete handily with the Mac OS X dock, and device management and security enhancements that make it both easier to use and safer.”

Microsoft is offering six versions of Windows 7: Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, OEM, and Enterprise. The three versions that Redmond will be promoting most heavily are Home Premium, Professional, and Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, although Starter will also be available to consumers.  I can tell you from personal experience that the Home versions always have some significant limitations, and I would recommend the Professional versions everytime.  On several occasions I found myself wishing I had purchased the Professional version, because it was only after extensive use of the operating system over a period of months that I realized its limitations.

It’s clear that Windows 7 will require some threshold of hardware capability, so don’t upgrade unless your hardware meets the minimum requirements.  Windows 7 will support both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. The bare minimum requirements for the 32-bit include a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB available hard-disk space, and a DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. 64-bit systems will require at least a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, 20 GB of free space on your hard drive, and a DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. A touch-screen monitor is required to take advantage of the native touch features. Some users have claimed to have limited success running the Windows 7 beta with less than 1 GB of RAM, but that’s not recommended.  If you can afford the touch screen monitor, it really is incredible.

When will Microsoft be selling Windows 7 in its final version?  The word is the program will be available October 22, 2009.

Probably better than anything I could write, here is a Windows 7 review on video for your viewing pleasure.

1 Comment for “Windows 7 Review on Video”

  1. slambert

    Nice review Chuck. Pretty much agrees with my experience with the Beta.

    One thing to remember is that upgrading RAM used to be a major expense, but the price has dropped so much that upgrading to 2GB or more of RAM shouldn’t scare people away. And it really does run faster with more RAM.

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