Reason #1: Nothing is ever responding
Yeah, the shell doing that is pretty silly. Win7 fixes that.
Although that won't fix individual apps that are locking up. Firefox still locks up badly on my system.
Reason #2: The UAC
It didn't bother me so much, but it's good to know Win7 improves it a lot .
There's no going back to nothing, though - a ZDNet blogger got hit with some malware on XP that very likely would not have been able to install itself with a system with UAC on.
Reason #3: Basic Usability
Reason #4: The System Tray
Reason #5: Explorer Usability
I agree. A lot of nice, wonderful tweaks have been added to Windows 7 that really makes it better than XP and Vista. It makes my work flow much, much better.
Another thing they changed was they went to great lengths to allow you to go up in the address bar. Which I like, because frankly I really missed the up button in Vista when they removed it. I still miss it, but this is an okay compromise.
I really love what they've done with the system tray button. That arrow in XP/Vista was totally annoying. I'd expand it, go to what I want, and it would just contract again, making the icon disappear. It's noticing and fixing even small things like that that really makes me love 7.
BUT - if you put a Stardock skin in, you know it's a XP/Vista skin when the arrow is pointed in the wrong direction . Hopefully skinners will be smart and make Win7 versions of their skins.
Reason #6: Customization – Vista sucks at it.
Reason #7: Cyan borders.
I never really noticed that until somebody pointed it out in some blog somewhere. Maybe it's because the pixel edges on my CRT tends to be a tad softer than an LCD.
This goes with Microsoft’s love affair with various blue-like colors being baked in
I notice that blue is used a lot in general with UI stuff. I guess it's considered a "safe" color to use.
Reason #8: Useless network object
Agreed, just another layer on the networking heirarchy that wasn't really needed. I am so glad the computers are visible at the base level instead of going through a bunch of sub-groups that nobody uses anymore.
Reason #9: Devices
While I'm technical enough to use the Device Manager, this is certainly a plus for people like my mother who would just be confused by all of the strange stuff in it.
Reason #10: Windows XP mode
A nice feature to have for those worried about backwards compatibility, but I honestly don't have any software that doesn't work.
. . . and frankly, Microsoft should've really included it in all editions of Windows instead of just Pro. Backporting to Vista would be a nice consumer confidence boost too, although I doubt they'll do that.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work well with games very well.
Yeah, well that's because VMs generally don't do hardware video acceleration. Their target market is businesses for the most part, and businesses don't play games.
However: VirtualBox from Sun Microsystems does in fact have hardware video acceleration, and may work with some games. Haven't tried it with any games, though.
What's wrong with the System Tray in Windows Vista?
- After you expand it with the arrow, it collapses when you try to move over to the icon you want. That behavior was 1000% annoying. Win7 puts the hidden icons in a popup that doesn't disappear as fast and stays open as long as the mouse is in it.
- It was very chatty. Popups from nearly every program that thinks it's so important for you to know it's still working. Win7 allows you to suppress them.
- Many alerts have been moved to the Action Center in Windows 7, which is far nicer and allows you to address issues on your own schedule.
Windows vista and 7 doesnt seem to be much of a huge difference
It's not an entirely new OS, no. But it soooo improves a lot of the small little annoyances previous OSes had!
For example, lots of games used to write things in "Program Files"
Personally, I've been using a C:\GAMES folder since the days of DOS . . .
I've switched back and forth a couple of times, but in the end I think that a separate folder for games is usually a good idea. Less headaches.
Win7 on a desktop is fantastic. It's better, no doubt.
Win7 on a netbook? I'm a bit split. Some things seem faster, but it does seem to act a bit as if there's not so much memory available. A lot of paging it seems. But when the largest software is closed and there's not so much paging, it's faster than XP.
Fuzzy Logic: Frankly, I gave up on "All Programs" as early as Windows 95. I never liked it. I always shoved the icons into folders in a Windows 3 fashion, and I definitely loved Fences when it came out . I gave up a long time ago trying to organize it.
And meh - window resizing hasn't worked in any of their OSes since Windows XP. XP forgot window positions, Vista forgot window positions. They've never worked.