Having slagged Windows 7 off in a previous post, I spent (far too much) of last weekend installing it on various PCs to see how it ran. In particular I wanted to see if i) it ran acceptably on old, basic, hardware ii) recognised all the devices on install iii) ran applications that Vista couldn’t and iv) allowed an experienced developer (well, me, anyway) to create ASP pages and run them locally.
And the good news is that it passed all those tests without too much difficulty.
So, will I be upgrading from XP? No, why should I? Although the good news is that Windows 7 actually works, I’ve yet to see any feature that makes it better than XP. XP for all it faults is pretty stable now, and moving to Windows 7 would take a least a day of my time.
The media keep reviewing Windows 7 as though it was an application. It isn’t, it’s an operating system. Operating systems are there to run applications, communicate with devices such as printers and drives, and not slow things down or get in the way. We don’t want features in an operating system, just stability, low memory usage and speed. Perhaps I’m biased because I’m an application author, but operating systems are not exciting!