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conclusion:We like it

89

Windows 7 is what Vista should have been. It's not perfect, but it's stable, reliable, and incorporates all of Vista's key UI enhancements (most of which can be disabled if you've got an older PC that can't handle them — of if you hate eye candy). If you've been waiting for a reason to ditch XP, your time has come.

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Critic reviews

8.4
6 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Speed
    8.0
  • Configurability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    9.0
  • Openness
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User reviews

8.3
690 reviews
8.0
Engadget Aug 12, 2009

Where Vista felt like a sprawling mess, Windows 7 has patched up the holes and feels like a tight, unified mechanism. It's hardly full of surprises, but that's usually a good thing when it comes to operating systems.

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9.0
CNET Jul 31, 2009

The bottom line: Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now.

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8.0
PC World Sep 28, 2009

Microsoft took far too long to come up with a satisfactory replacement for Windows XP. But whether you choose to install Windows 7 on your current systems or get it on the next new PC you buy, you'll find that it's the unassuming, thoroughly practical upgrade you've been waiting for--flaws and all.

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8.0
Gizmodo Aug 5, 2009

Windows XP was a great OS in its day. Windows Vista, once it found its feet several months in, was a good OS. With Windows 7, the OS is great again. It's what people said they wanted out of Windows: Solid, more nimble and the easiest, prettiest Windows yet. There's always a chance this won't be a...

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 23, 2009

So, firstly then - is it any good? Unequivocably yes. Windows 7 is the best OS Microsoft have ever made, and they've learnt all they necessary lessons from Vista. While it doesn't have some of the slickness of OS X, or the speed of Linux, it offers a fantastic compromise between the two...

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8.0
MobilityMinded Sep 7, 2009

"You hear some people describe Windows 7 as: “The stability of Windows XP combined with the Interface of Windows Vista”, but honestly Microsoft has takes Windows 7 even some steps further. A lot of attention is spend on productivity- and efficiency improvements. Therefore I’m really curious to...

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10
GabrielB GabrielB

I don't want to make a bold "Mac killer" statement as they always sound overboard, but this will be replacing all the Macs in my house. Microsoft hit a winner with this OS. I liked XP and Vista got a bad reputation but once you peeled back the layers, it looked a lot like XP....

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9.0
greedoe greedoe

Feeling more thought out and just more of an update than VIsta ever was, Windows 7 is finally an OS you can feel proud to run. It seems stable as hell and there's some awesome features that Microsoft have finally listened to users about ... like listing greatest to least in the task manager....

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8.0
cass cass

After coming off of Vista, this is the greatest version of Windows ever made. One of the small, but amazing features is Aero snap.

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10
martinraag martinraag

I've used Windows 7 ever since its first public beta release and its been a solid experience ever since. In fact I think even in beta it war far superior to previous releases. The long over due UI updates bring the OS up to date and are more then just eyecandy - working with many windows is...

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9.0
drycoff drycoff

I went with the full version (reformat and install) as opposed to an upgrade, so it's understandable that everything is blazing fast now. Still, there's a lot of improvements: 1. Home Networking is vastly superior, especially if you're running multiple 7 machines. Check Microsoft's website...

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1.0
xxbashoxx xxbashoxx

windows 7 might be good when you first buy it. But after some time of use all it does is crash! i recommend switching to mac or Linux !

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10
EricFishor EricFishor

I've used almost every Microsoft Oporating system ever created, a number of distros of Linux, and Mac OSX. I will say Windows 7 is my highest recommendation of Operating systems available. I've always been an early adopter of new technology, and was happy with Vista compared to XP (once...

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