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Is Win 7 really any better than Vista?


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#1 MattV

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:57 AM

I have gotten to the point that I can get around (or force my way around) all of the deficiencies and aggravations that M$ blessed me with when I had Vista forced upon me. I wanted the store that I bought the computer from to install XP, but I was told that it was Vista or nothing, so with much trepidation I took it. Looking back, I would have been better off if I had built a machine from scratch and bought XP.

Then along come Win 7. I hear and read that all of the problems that Vista has have been cleaned up and taken care of, and that 7 is the next best thing to homemade brownies. Then I look through this forum and find thread after thread concerning problems that seem to be quite prevalent with Win 7.

So, is Win 7 really an improvement over Vista? If I were to spend the money to "upgrade" (all of M$'s "improvements" to Windows since '95 have not really been improvements) to Win 7, would I just be setting myself up for a whole new batch of problems that I would need to defeat, or what? I do not want to spend the money if all I am going to be doing is trading the problems I have solved for a whole new bunch that I am going to have to solve.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:43 AM

I heard vista was a bad OS when Microsoft was not prepare to release it and when they did all the problems arise, in-compatibility of drivers, not stable and etc.. so I stay away from vista for the time being.

Vista is the foundation for windows 7. In fact, windows 7 is vista but with super improvements. Its a stable OS. When i first started to hear that OS I was like amaze at it. and my cisco class had workstations with Windows 7 so I had to learn how to operate windows 7 too and XP. Sometime after that I had to migrate over window 7 because it Look good and I can have 4 applications running split screen at the same time

Your question Yes I think Windows 7 is a improvement over Vista. However If your computer is working find that I wouldn't do the "Upgrade" because of the drivers of windows 7. If you want you may check http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7...de-advisor.aspx

As you buy new PC they will come with Windows 7 or Vista but I think they will go with Windows 7 because it is more stable OS than Vista. Other members may think otherwise but this post is my suggestion.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:17 PM

I agree with Chris.
Windows 7, my theory on windows 7 being named windows 7.
Windows Vista is windows 6, and they ran outta names so they had to call the next one 7 ;D

Kay, so, Yes, Windows 7 is based off of Vista, but it is re-skinned and without ALL the issues Win Vista had. I believe it is more easily customizable, you can change the taskbars position, its color, its initial size (Large icons or small icons), you can make it bigger if your a biiiig multi tasker,

There are many other advantages, but i am drawing a blank at the moment ;D

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:36 PM

Just to put forth my two cents, I have been using Vista for well over a year now, and have had 0 issues with it what so ever. It has been extremely stable, all my games work, my hardware works great with it. All in all, I would say this bumps Windows 98 to the second placed list on my all time favorite windows operating system.

The order is now:

Windows Vista
Windows 98 SE
Windows XP

I was with the "OMG I hate Windows Vista Bandwagon" but now that I have tried it and used it. I recommend it to anyone.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 08:49 PM

I have a laptop running Vista and another running Windows 7. I mainly use them with Office programs and some Visual Basic development. When I first got the one with Vista (after having computers with XP) I didn't like it, it took a bit of getting used to the security features (Administration) and I had to do some recompiling of my Visual Basic programs to work with the security features. With my Windows7 computer I did have problems caused by my Anti Virus program and had to update some drivers and earlier MS office programs need to have a Fix from Microsoft for Office Agent. My personal opinion is that, for what I do, I would not go to the expense of upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista as there is little advantage other than startup time and memory use.
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:32 PM

For those who missed the release of Windows Vista, the major problem with it was compatibility issues and lack of driver support.

Vista's SP2 has been the best so far, it fixed a lot of flaws.

Windows 7 added compatibility mode and the ultimate and professional versions added XP mode.

I used Windows XP and updated the service packs until Windows 7 release candidate hit the stores and jumped on a week after its retail release.

I have no issues with Windows 7, never seen a blue screen either.

I have even played some old games made for Windows 95 with no issues.

Just my personal opinion.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:46 PM

It appears that Windows 7 was another experiment like Windows Me (modified Windows 98SE). Few changes in Vista and you have Windows 7. MS has already started working on Windows 8 and it will be released next year. Windows 8 will be complete overhaul of kernel and will only support 64 bit.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:19 AM

MS has already started working on Windows 8 and it will be released next year. Windows 8 will be complete overhaul of kernel and will only support 64 bit.


Yeah you are correct, think of all the computer systems that don't have 64 bit support that will be hitting the recycle pile by 2012! :huh:

I know I'll be lost, my Asus A7V8X motherboard doesn't support 64 Bit, other-wise I'd be using Windows 7 64 bit, the package came with a 32 bit and 64 bit installation DVDs.

So by then I'll be looking for a new motherboard. :huh:

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 03:11 AM

For those who missed the release of Windows Vista, the major problem with it was compatibility issues and lack of driver support.

Vista's SP2 has been the best so far, it fixed a lot of flaws.

Windows 7 added compatibility mode and the ultimate and professional versions added XP mode.

I used Windows XP and updated the service packs until Windows 7 release candidate hit the stores and jumped on a week after its retail release.

I have no issues with Windows 7, never seen a blue screen either.

I have even played some old games made for Windows 95 with no issues.

Just my personal opinion.

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Vista has a (From what I've seen, it's not as effective, compared to Win7) compatibility mode.

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 12:41 AM

Just to put forth my two cents, I have been using Vista for well over a year now, and have had 0 issues with it what so ever. It has been extremely stable, all my games work, my hardware works great with it. All in all, I would say this bumps Windows 98 to the second placed list on my all time favorite windows operating system.

The order is now:

Windows Vista
Windows 98 SE
Windows XP

I was with the "OMG I hate Windows Vista Bandwagon" but now that I have tried it and used it. I recommend it to anyone.


I would have to say that any version of Windows after '95 has been a definite mistake. Win '98 was the version in which they did away with DOS, which was a big mistake. I always found DOS to be easier to work with, and I would use Windows for playing games. 'Cause that's all Win anythig has ever been good for.

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 12:49 AM

Just to put forth my two cents, I have been using Vista for well over a year now, and have had 0 issues with it what so ever. It has been extremely stable, all my games work, my hardware works great with it. All in all, I would say this bumps Windows 98 to the second placed list on my all time favorite windows operating system.

The order is now:

Windows Vista
Windows 98 SE
Windows XP

I was with the "OMG I hate Windows Vista Bandwagon" but now that I have tried it and used it. I recommend it to anyone.


I would have to say that any version of Windows after '95 has been a definite mistake. Win '98 was the version in which they did away with DOS, which was a big mistake. I always found DOS to be easier to work with, and I would use Windows for playing games. 'Cause that's all Win anythig has ever been good for.



You are greatly Mistaken Windows 98 still had a full functional DOS behind it. You could shutdown to pure DOS mode in Windows 98. Windows ME (Real Mode DOS Removed) I think had DOS disabled, and any version of Windows NT5 and on ward after that. Windows NT5 being Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 09:12 AM

I never used Vista because of all the post I read on many sites. I went form XP-PRO to Windows 7/64. I never thought I would let go of XP but I finely let go and did a little research and chose Windows 7/64 Home Premium which still works well for me. Window's 7 is smooth, fast and If one has use Vista there won't be much of a learning curve. It's always ones own choice but I would suggest upgrading to Windows 7/64 looking for things in the future. There will always be something coming out in a year or so. It won't be long when 64 bit will be the only thing we will be able to get. This would be a nice time to make sure your equipment is ready for 64 bit and look forward and wait for 128 bit. IMHO looking forward in the computer world rather that backwards is the way to go.

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 09:55 AM

My two cents:

When I bought this pc it had the initial Vista-32 bit release. All kinds of problems- crashes, lack of driver support- you name it. SP-1 fixed most of the problems for me and SP-2 made Vista the best OS system MS had released.

Since my hardware could handle a 64 bit OS I installed 7-64 bit RC. I was really impressed with how much faster my pc performed I purchased Windows 7-64 when it was released. I don't have any complaints- other than lack of Flash Player support for 64 bit IE. Maybe someday :huh:

I have always used Microsoft OS's- so I cannot compare other types. However, 95 was a nightmare when it was released. 98 was like a fixed 95 and a stable OS. Never used ME, but I heard it was bad. XP was very good and had a long user life. Vista was bad at first but fixed with SP's. 7 is great.

So- I am betting that 8 will be a disaster when it is released. Every other new OS MS releases sucks :huh:

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 01:27 PM

I really like Windows 7 I do think it is better then Vista.



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Posted 16 July 2010 - 02:19 PM

Windows 7 is what Vistashould have been. It is faster, more stable and will run just about any windows app from DOS onwards. The only Blue screen I have had is because one of my memory chips was faulty. I have never had any problems with it at all andis vastly superior to XP or Vista. Thoroughly recommended.




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