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Microsoft Windows 7

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89 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

89 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

100
Alexk208
Windows 7 is great, unlike with Windows 8. Windows 8 is ok compared to Win7.read more
90
IProGamerz
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
danielrh
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
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.
 
80
MobilityMinded
"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 test the integrated package of Microsoft Exchange server 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, Windows 7 and last but not least Windows Mobile 6.5."
 
80
PC World
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.
 
80
Gizmodo
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 huge hit come October, given the economy and the state of the PC industry, but it's exactly what Microsoft needs right now. Something people can grab without fear.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
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 with by far the biggest choice of software available.
 
90
CNET
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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