Are you still undecided about switching from Windows Vista to Windows 7? Since Microsoft launched its newest operating system, none other than Windows 7, many avid computer users have been making comments online on how much better Windows 7 is over its predecessor. This is not really surprising; after all, many computer experts have hailed Windows Vista as one of the worst products that Microsoft ever came up with.
But now that Windows 7 is already here, how does it compare to Vista? In many ways, Windows 7 is the operating system that Vista failed to become. Here are five main points that show just how different Windows 7 is from Windows Vista.
1. More power on less resources. Perhaps the biggest difference between Vista and Windows 7 is the fact that Windows 7 is more optimized than Vista. This means that Windows 7 is a lot less bloated than Vista, making its performance a lot faster. Moreover, Windows 7 works well with computers that only have 1GB memory. Vista, on the other hand, needs a minimum of 2GB RAM to plod along.
2. More customizable desktop. There are many computer users out there who find the Windows Sidebar that came with Vista as totally annoying, a desktop object that has minimal use but takes up a lot of memory. Microsoft removed the Sidebar in Windows 7, but computer users still get to use the gadgets. Instead, the gadgets can be placed anywhere the user wants on the desktop. Also, the taskbar got streamlined in Windows 7; you can put your favorite programs directly on the taskbar instead of piling them inside the Quick Launch folder.
3. Organizing work becomes easier. If you are the type of person who prefers to keep all the documents and software that you need to work on a task open on your desktop, you may get lost in all those icons on your taskbar. However, in Windows 7, you get to preview your windows and applications by letting your mouse hover over the taskbar icon. The preview is full screen for easier viewing. Also, you can rearrange the taskbar icons in whatever order you want.
4. Easier file sorting and sharing. In Windows 7, the old My Documents folder has been revamped into Libraries, where you get to sort your files in a much easier way. You can also group them as to which ones you wish to share in your network and which ones you want to keep to yourself. Sharing is a big thing in Windows 7, and it is now much easier to control which files will be shared with whom.
5. No more unwanted accessories. In Windows Vista, we have files like Movie Maker, Picture Gallery, Messenger and Mail bundled with the OS. Do we use these applications? They certainly are nice, but most of us use better, more functional software. But since they cannot be uninstalled without causing problems, they just take up memory and hard drive space. With Windows 7, this software suite, now referred to as the Windows Live Essentials, is no longer bundled with the OS. So, if you want them, you can update your system to get them. But if you do not want them, you can just leave them be.
There are other differences between Windows Vista and Windows 7, but these are some of the most important. These differences certainly make Windows 7 worth a try.