Windows 7 comes with a lot of fuss/excitement/promotion around it but when it comes down to it, it’s all about how it compares with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and even Ubuntu. And while by far most people out there are still Window XP or Vista users, everyone seems to hate Vista. It doesn’t help Windows either that Apple makes really cool products like iPhones and Mac Books. Windows 7 is Microsoft’s solution to the challenge of improving its own really good OS and also meeting the coolness of Apple’s products.
My experience with Windows 7 has been mixed. I upgraded from Vista and the main problem with that was that Windows 7 requires 16GB free hard disk space to upgrade. It seems it’s a common problem. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution besides uninstalling apps. In the end the Windows 7 installer was happy with 12 GB free space and after the upgrade the winsxs folder was cleared and I had over 20GB free.
Windows 7 comes with a bunch of new goodies, most of them quite useful, but the taskbar has been changed to be just a tad too much like Mac OS X and it’s missing the good old Quick Launch bar. Luckily it turns out it’s still there, though just a bit hidden. Now that my Quick Launch bar is back I feel at home again and the rest feels much like Vista.