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.

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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.

Pros
  • Beautiful new UISpeed improvements throughoutNew Windows Media Center
Cons
  • Few major changes over VistaInternet ExplorerSomewhat expensive
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Model
Home Basic

Key Specs

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

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
yes

Interface

Graphical interface
yes
Command line interface
yes

Source

Source model
Closed, w/ open source
Model
Home Premium

Key Specs

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

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
yes

Interface

Graphical interface
yes
Command line interface
yes

Source

Source model
Closed, w/ open source
Model
Professional

Key Specs

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

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
yes

Interface

Graphical interface
yes
Command line interface
yes

Source

Source model
Closed, w/ open source
Model
Ultimate

Key Specs

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

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64-bit, 32-bit
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
yes

Interface

Graphical interface
yes
Command line interface
yes

Source

Source model
Closed, w/ open source