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Windows 7

Postby Pyro Chick » Wed Nov 25, 0:08 2009

So. It's been out for a while now. According to the commercials, it's supposed to be the magical cure for Vista.
I'm wondering what the expert opinion of the community of Spacefem is. (I don't think that was even a proper sentence)
Get it? Don't get it? Wait for a service pack?

Please don't respond with "blah blah blah Mac OS blah blah blah" because that is irrelevant and I will declare you trolling.

Personally, I tried the beta version a few months ago and couldn't tell the difference between 7 and Vista (besides some cosmetic elements.) I'm wondering if the "Official" version is anything significant.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby rowan » Wed Nov 25, 12:05 2009

I only know a friend of mine has had issues with it, but I don't really know what those were. She was pretty annoyed though.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Mathmo » Wed Nov 25, 12:56 2009

My other half's just bought a new computer with Windows 7 on it and seems pretty taken with it (but he is also generally the type to like having the newest shiny things), hasn't had any problems so far. Once I'm back at home (after mid-December) and therefore in the same household as this computer I'll be able to make intelligent and useful comments :)
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Kiss The Monkey » Wed Nov 25, 15:51 2009

They put 7 on the computers in the lab where I live. It's pretty nice actually. Does everything the commercial says it does. They changed a lot of stuff in Paint, though. >.< It's a lot fancier now.

Umm... I really don't have anything more useful than that. It's nice to look at and it does cool new things.

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Re: Windows 7

Postby Chococat » Wed Nov 25, 16:03 2009

They changed Paint?!? Oh man, I'm so angry. MS Paint is the one thing I STILL miss about Windows since switching to Mac.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Rainbow Dolphins » Wed Nov 25, 22:17 2009

I would wait a bit. As a general rule, any new version of windows needs some time to get the kinks worked out. An exception might be if you have vista and REALLY hate it. Then it might be worth trying to get an upgrade.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Pyro Chick » Thu Nov 26, 0:13 2009

I don't have very many strong feelings against Vista.
Also, there's a temporary deal where students get 7 for thirty dollars, but it ends January third. I would probably buy it now (if I decide I want it,) and then wait for a service pack before I install it.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Sonic# » Thu Nov 26, 8:54 2009

Pyro Chick wrote:Also, there's a temporary deal where students get 7 for thirty dollars, but it ends January third. I would probably buy it now (if I decide I want it,) and then wait for a service pack before I install it.


Hah, how did I miss that? Thanks so much, I'll definitely be doing this before the new year.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Pyro Chick » Thu Nov 26, 13:08 2009

http://www.win741.com/
It's legit, too. My friend got his from this site and it's fo realz.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby lizpoona » Thu Nov 26, 23:33 2009

Chococat wrote:They changed Paint?!? Oh man, I'm so angry. MS Paint is the one thing I STILL miss about Windows since switching to Mac.



Yea, they definitely did. I was at an electronics store looking at the huge new shiny computers they had and Windows 7 was on them. I pulled up paint and it looks nothing like the classic MS paint. It has more gadgets and such. Sad day. Though it'd probably be potentially useful, I still like the simplicity of the old version.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby edit the sad parts » Fri Nov 27, 23:35 2009

Blah blah Mac OS blah bl-...sorry.


I was trying to teach my grandparents how to use their new computer that we bought them for their birthday. It happens to be a Vista OS, which I have never used before. I didn't think it was SO bad, but it's so unintuitive and just...kind of annoying, and I wasn't really a fan. I'm going to be buying a laptop around Xmas and I am debating whether or not I should get a cheaper one with Vista or pay a leetle beet more for one with Windows 7. Is the difference that huge? Obviously in a perfect world I would be buying a Macbook pro, but I don't have two grand to burn, blah blah.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Charli! » Sun Nov 29, 9:22 2009

7 still has some compatability problems, but way way way less than Vista! (stepdad has some old but very expensive specialist software that talks to his drum machine and speaks/etc- he's a singer- it only works up to xp, and we can't replace it- was thousands of pounds! ihaven't extensively tried on compatability mode in 7, but i had in vista and just no way was it working!)

7 seems a lot faster thean vista. it is rather shiny. I hate Office 2007 though- they just hid everythign useful from me!
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Mathmo » Sun Nov 29, 10:19 2009

Charli! wrote:7 still has some compatability problems, but way way way less than Vista! (stepdad has some old but very expensive specialist software that talks to his drum machine and speaks/etc- he's a singer- it only works up to xp, and we can't replace it- was thousands of pounds! ihaven't extensively tried on compatability mode in 7, but i had in vista and just no way was it working!)

7 seems a lot faster thean vista. it is rather shiny. I hate Office 2007 though- they just hid everythign useful from me!


Office 2007 is a real pain to get used to (I have it on my laptop, which runs Vista). I think it probably is a good redesign of the software, it's just that of course a proper redesign is really painful from a user's point of view. Compatibility mode in Vista has been fine for me but I would assume that 7 would be better.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby metawidget » Sun Nov 29, 10:37 2009

Have they still hidden the menu bars? That bothered me intensely about Vista. I want to see my options. As words.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby rowan » Sun Nov 29, 11:18 2009

Yeah, Office 7 takes a little getting used to, but it's all there and once you get used to how it's set up, finding things isn't that bad.

One thing to note is that upgrading can often cause more problems than just starting off with the new OS in the beginning. So when I mentioned my friend's issues, a lot of them stem from upgrading the OS, rather than purchasing a new computer. One of the things I know she was having issues with is one of her MS peripherals isn't compatible (she specifically bought MS so that it would be compatible with future upgrades to the OS - her field pretty much requires that she be at the most recent version of MS's OS).
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Re: Windows 7

Postby MFS » Thu Dec 10, 1:50 2009

Vista made me want to murder people. Win7 has been a much more peaceful transition.

Mind you, the netbook we got only came with a fucktarded trial version of the new Office, so we said "fuck that shit you asshats!" and installed OpenOffice.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Kiss The Monkey » Thu Dec 10, 22:33 2009

I can't readily click on Spell Check in the new Word BECAUSE THEY HID IT.

Seriously, where is it? I'm looking up at the top and it's nowhere to be found. I mean, I realize that it gives you a red underline when you've spelled something wrong, but being able to click spell check was easier than going to every single word that was spelled wrong and correcting them one at a time.

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Re: Windows 7

Postby Pyro Chick » Thu Dec 10, 22:52 2009

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Re: Windows 7

Postby Kiss The Monkey » Fri Dec 11, 1:01 2009

Oh. Well then. I fail.

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Re: Windows 7

Postby lillerina » Fri Dec 11, 11:44 2009

Or you can just hit F7.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby SakuraSong » Sat Dec 12, 22:08 2009

I'VE JUST GOTTEN WINDOWS 7.

AND I CAN FINALLY USE AERO WITHOUT IT LAGGING ME INTO THE 47TH CENTURY.

HUZ-FUCKIN-ZAH.

Sorry about the caps, but I'm just too excited, especially since it. runs. at. five. times. the. speed!! But then again, that's also because I had dual core, and Vista was only running on one of them on 32 bits to save power. Douchebags, why give me more than one core in the first place then??

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Re: Windows 7

Postby Aum » Wed Feb 3, 2:34 2010

I tried it at my friend's place.

It was has way fewer resource issues than vista, which was an OS platform nightmare in many ways. I never understood why microsoft took something like XP, fucked it up, and put out a worse version of windows. I know a few people who clung to XP, but then microsoft stopped releasing updates for it in order to force those people to upgrade.

I bought my laptop in Aug. 2008 and it came with vista. I find it INCREDIBLY fragile. One system error and the computer goes into recovery mode at the next startup.

Windows 7 is good on the resource front. The GUI (the user environment) is similar to vista though so it's not that big of a change. They axed all those annoying permissions windows from vista that pop up whenever you want to open a newly installed program, or a program that uses the internet (the whole "block/allow" thing).

I am mostly sick of windows, but I have no interest in linux because it won't be compatible with the hardware. MACs... as long as their hardware is controlled by one company, forget it. So windows it is.

I won't be upgrading right away though. All of the script kiddies have probably been working around the clock making new viruses to target Windows 7, and I want to wait until at least one service package is released. Also, there will just be inherent bugs in the very functioning that I don't want to deal with. Vista sucks but at least I know it.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby rowan » Thu Feb 4, 8:23 2010

Xinzang wrote:I know a few people who clung to XP, but then microsoft stopped releasing updates for it in order to force those people to upgrade.

That's not true at all; XP is still quite supported and many businesses did not switch over to Vista. Whether or not that will change now that 7 is out and seems to be reasonably stable is another question. But XP is certainly still updated as of now.

I am mostly sick of windows, but I have no interest in linux because it won't be compatible with the hardware.

I don't see why linux wouldn't be compatible with the hardware; I've never had issues hardware-wise in terms of compatibility. Now and then you have to deal with downloading a driver, but that's about it (and something I've had to do on windows too). Software, that's another story. But as long as you're not running anything too graphically intense, WINE manages pretty well these days. And of course one can run things like open office instead of MS office, if one chooses.

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Re: Windows 7

Postby cwbyrvr » Sun Feb 7, 16:43 2010

I never changed from XP and it's still updated all the time, but I do imagine that should change now that we're even further removed from it.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby MFS » Wed Feb 10, 22:31 2010

Kiss The Monkey wrote:I can't readily click on Spell Check in the new Word BECAUSE THEY HID IT.


we said "fuck MS office" and have Open Office on the Win7 machine. I have it on my old laptop as well.
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