Windows 7

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Lothlorien, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    Have you seen the commercials for this? Anyone know anything about it? I've gotten so used to Vista, it doesn't bother me much, but something about my printer isn't compatible with it (though it advertised that it would be) and is the cause of computer meltdowns every so often.

    I just wonder if it's worth making the switch. I do have enough room on my computer (at least I think I do). If I switch over, do I lose all the stuff, like wiping out the hard drive?
  2. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Loth...please read my post on Vista. New to me. I'm pulling hairs out. I have a free upgrade to Window 7 but I can't imagine what that would be like.

    I tried installing my absolute favorite graphics program and it is not Vista friendly. I've had this thing for probably 7 years and it works perfectly. Well, not now. I have version 2 and they're up to version 8 now. Can some things be left alone??

  3. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    husband has it installed in one of his computers - he's an IT guy - and says it is "Vista without the bugs". He likes it. I don't know that I would rund out and buy it if your printer isn't compatible, though.
  4. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    It is Vista without the bugs. Much better than Vista which I *hate* and is why I have XP on my computer. :D
  5. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    The last Vista update was about a week and a half ago....messed up my computer. The darn thing just shut off on me in the middle of working. I unplugged and took it right to my easy child guy and he fixed a couple of things, including the sound (which it seems the new update messed up a lot of sound cards for people).

    I have a friend who proclaims himself to be the ultimate computer nerd. I'm going to ask him what he thinks before I do anything.
  6. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    I don't do the updates as it seems to cause more problems than it's worth. If it's running fine, why do you need to update?

    You'd think a brand new operating system would work. It probably is...I'm just not familiar with the WYSIWYG kind of system. I'm used to running something myself, not something else running me. Ha! Control freak?

    XP was a piece of cake.

  7. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    You run updates to fix security loops that make your computer vulnerable.

    Vista was a mess from start to finish. They rushed it out too fast. Windows 7 basically is Vista fixed.
  8. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    You can always bypass Windows altogether and use Linux.
  9. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    Abbey, there are nerd/criminals out there all day every day figuring out hacks to bypass Windows security and get into your computer. The updates are fixes for those hacks. If you don't update, one of them will definitely get into your computer eventually. It also is more likely to mess you up when you haven't updated in ages then skip forward to a way new one. You're missing the stuff in between that makes it all connect.
  10. Nancy

    Nancy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I just starting looking into Windows 7 this past weekend and from what I saw I liked it. The downside for me is that you have to backup all your info because it wipes out everything. The installation does seem to be complicated and I'm not looking forward to that, but I may try it when it comes out on Oct. 22.

  11. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    Yeah, see I don't want to wipe everything out. It would take me a week to get everything back the way I want it.

    Heather, husband used Linux at work and hated it. I won't go there.
  12. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Loth...Im with you, I dont want to wipe everything out. I would never find it again!
  13. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    husband was a linux guru (along with unix & all the windows products) another IT guy who had to have it on his machine here when he worked from home.

    Having said that he loaded linux on just about every machine in this house. My new laptop had never been converted to linux. He loved it & we didn't have the issues that windows tends to bring into their system.

    I still have XP on this laptop ~ but had been used to Vista. Not sure if I will upgrade or not. Microsoft has this nasty habit of pushing a product out before it's ready. AND with this economy I'm not sure everyone is going to jump on the bandwagon (I know small corporations can't afford it.)
  14. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    If Windows 7 is just coming out, how come I already have Windows 8?

    Do you thing it could be a time warp?
  15. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    OMG Donna...I have Windows 15! (in my house!)
  16. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    OMG! I think I'm off in the Twilight Zone!

  17. Star*

    Star* call 911

    I like FLutters Name for it:

    Vista Fixed.....

    Bet Gates never thought of THAT. :tongue:

    Nah - I'm happy with Windows XP - and will wait about a year - then they'll have something out called.....I dunno -

    Aren't you sorry you bought Windows 7 ?:laugh:
  18. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    You have "Explorer 8" rather than "Windows 8".
  19. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    Thank you for clearing that up! I was beginning to think I had trailed off into la-la-land!

    After my recent computer misfortunes, the repair guy had to completely dump everything, reload it from the recovery disks, then spend a whole day updating everything. I'm still not sure what I've got now, just that he said I've got 'version 8'. I'm not wild about replacing something that works just to get something a little bit 'newer'. I get used to something the way it is and it's a major pain in the posterior to deal with all the changes.
  20. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    All the IT people I know *hate* Windows. They all use Linux whenever they can.

    The only reason I don't have it on my computer is because I'd have to figure out how to partition my hard drive so I could have both Windows and Linux.

    easy child's friend got a new laptop a month or two ago with Windows 7 on it. He likes it.