Windows 7 review
The latest Microsoft Operating System
Vista’s successor, Windows 7, promises to be better than its predecessor with its new graphical features, security improvements and a new taskbar, among others. Does it rise up to expectations? We’ve performed a test on our PC and here is the review.
Six versions available
The Windows 7 comes in six versions, namely Starter, Professional, Ultimate, Home Premium, Enterprise and OEM. It supports 32-bit and 64-bit systems and requires 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver and 16GB hard-disk space for the 32-bit version; for the 64-bit system your computer will have to feature 1GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, DirectX graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver and 20GB hard-disk space. When you want to install Windows 7, you can do the following: either buy a CD and install it or buy a new PC that has it preinstalled. Installing it from a CD was very easy thanks to the on-screen instructions and took around half an hour.
A totally changed look
Once installation ended, the first thing we noticed was the new translucent style taskbar with large icons; we tested this on a tablet and we found it very easy to use. Another improvement we noticed during our testing of the Windows 7 were the jump lists on the taskbar; they made recently opened files easier to access. Another new feature to this operating system: the possibility to drag a program away from the sides or from the top and return it to its original size. When we wanted to customize the appearance of Windows 7 we simply clicked the Theme packages and chose what we liked the most.
The Media player was improved
Looking for something in the Search field returned results in less than 5 seconds. Touch screen features also worked very well.
The Windows Media Player is greatly improved and works fine on the review time. We were able to easily stream media files from a PC to another and across the Internet. The new Device Stage feature combined phones, portable media players and printers into one single window. Unfortunately, Bluetooth driver support is no longer built-in.
Good overall performance
Overall performance wasn’t as good as Windows Vista and Windows XP in terms of booting and Microsoft Office performance. On the other hand it performed better than those two operating systems when it came to shutdown speed, opening the control panel, launching programs and dragging files around. In terms of security, Windows 7 had a default setting that notified us only when programs tried to perform changes to our PC. The Microsoft Security Essentials is not preinstalled, but the Firewall remains strong. If you want more security, you can download an antivirus and antimalware program.
After the tests performed for this review we can say that the latest operating syslem launched by Microsoft’s Windows 7 is a very strong and powerful operating system.