I got a virus on my Windows Vista machine that caused it to run slower than all holy hell. I decided, well, now must be the time to upgrade my OS. No one ever wants to go through the new OS nightmare of having to reinstall every program they use. Especially not a guy in the IT field that uses a whole lot more than just Office.
So, I went full out and put on Windows 7 64-bit. Oh yeah. I finally get all 4 gigs of my ram. I expected the OS to be pretty much Vista with a new name.
Luckily, its not. I have only had it installed for about a day now but I see all sorts of little changes that make my experience SOOOO much better.
The themes are really cool. The desktop background rotates a nice image every hour or so. I definitely like the variety, but thats not my big happy change.
The UAC is a lot more friendly than it used to be. I like the prompts as it make me feel a bit in control, but in Vista I disabled UAC altogether because nothing worked when it was on. Windows 7, not a problem. I run Visual Studio 2008 and don’t have any of the Vista issues I had.
The biggest thing I found I like so far is the taskbar. I am not only able to “pin” my programs to it, which is a great timesaver, but I can pin my documents to the program as well. I open and close the same 4 documents all the time. Now, its easy to pop into the word icon and go right to my document. Great time saver.
The other major timesaver I use is the ability to see all the windows for a process when I click on the taskbar icon. It is so much easier to figure out what IE window I want to go to or explorer folder when I can see the image of it at a glance.
Windows 7 gets my vote as a great new OS for productivity. Vista is a smelly pile of crap once you get used to the new Windows.