Mini Technology Review – Microsoft Windows 7

by john on October 25, 2009

I went on a technology bender this week and invested in a number of new gadgets and software. Here are some first impressions of my second purchase, Microsoft Windows 7:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

I took advantage of buying Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade early on Amazon and they setup the shipping such that it would arrive on the official release day of October 22nd. How cool is that? I bought 2 copies of the upgrade, one for my computer which is being upgraded from Windows XP Media Center Edition and one for my wife which is being upgraded from Windows Vista.

Before I give a mini-review of Windows 7 a word of warning: Don’t buy what I bought if you need more than 1 license! What I should have bought was the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack (3-User), which not only would have been cheaper for me but I would have also got a 3rd license! So that is certainly the way to go. Since I’ve got 3 more machines to upgrade I’ll be buying it for the next time.

So far I have upgraded my machine to Windows 7 and the results have been awesome. I love this OS! Because I was on Windows XP and there is no upgrade path to Windows 7 I needed to do a complete reinstall but that’s OK since I have found you can really extend the life of a computer by doing it that way – good to clean up all of the crap every once in awhile.

My computer supports 64-bit OS so I went ahead and installed that (the Windows Upgrade package comes with both 32-bit and 64-bit). So far after re-installing all of the software that I wanted to keep I have had no problems running under 64-bit, and performance is very good.

In the short time I have been using Windows 7 I have been impressed with the performance, stability and functionality. I love little discoveries like the very cool snipping tool.

My wife runs some pretty important software on her laptop that we have to verify will work under Windows 7 before we get her upgraded, but I am sure that won’t be a problem and we should get to that this weekend. Because she doesn’t tend to install a lot of crap I could probably get away with the Vista to Windows 7 upgrade route.

So far I am very impressed with Windows 7 – highly recommended!

This week’s mini technology reviews:
Windows 7 Review
HP MediaSmart EX495 Review
Quicken Premier 2010 Review
Quicken Quickbooks Pro 2010
Apple iPod touch 32GB

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