89
Global
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Windows 7 review

Summary

from $279.85+
Pros
  • Beautiful new UISpeed improvements throughoutNew Windows Media Center
Cons
  • Few major changes over VistaInternet ExplorerSomewhat expensive
Windows 7 review

Oh, Windows. You inform and entertain us. You are inescapable, and your Start menu is full of items relevant to our productivity. You move us. Sort of. To be honest, we're not sure what sort of state this fair planet of ours would be in without the ruggedly functional operating systems the folks at Redmond have handed to us over the years, and while Windows Vista might have proved that Microsoft wasn't invincible, it did nothing to demonstrate that Windows as an idea -- and for most, a necessity -- was at all in jeopardy.

Windows 7 arrives on the scene three short years after Vista, shoring up its predecessor's inadequacies and perhaps offering a little bit more to chew on. We've been playing with the OS ever since the beta, along through the release candidate, and now at last have the final, "release to manufacturing" (RTM) edition in our grubby paws. Does it live up to its understandable hype and the implicit expectations of a major Microsoft release? Let's proceed on a magical journey to discover the truth for ourselves.

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Scores

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Breakdown

Openness
5.5
Ease of use
8.0
Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
9.0
Configurability
8.0
Speed
8.0
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Specs

Windows

Type
Computer OS
Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Source model
Closed, w/ open source
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Specs

Windows

Type
Computer OS
Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Source model
Closed, w/ open source
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5.4
 

User

4.8
 
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Chrome OS

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73
 

Critic

7.2
 

User

7.3
 
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87

OS X El Capitan

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87
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

9
 
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90

iOS 9

Engadget

90
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

7.7
 
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91

Windows 10

Engadget

91
 

Critic

8.2
 

User

7.9
 
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