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Windows 7 - Finally, an OS That Looks Like One

In this guest article Leslie Miller shares us her experience with Windows OS. We have all suffered with Windows operating systems. Up until now they were, generally speaking, counter intuitive to say the least. Finally, Windows 7 looks like a real operating system that actually does something to make life easier. For once, it makes sense and, with a minimum of effort, can be set up to simplify your work. What is especially nice is the fact there are numerous configurations, so you have your choice of how you want to set it up.

I installed my own OS from disk, so I got to make selections as opposed to having to accept the factory settings and work from there. I have seen those who put the bar, running along the top, to hold their most frequently used programs. I prefer to use the task bar at the bottom. It is less likely I will make an unintended choice. I tend to move quickly around the desktop and, when I have worked on computers with the top display, I have ended up doing so…

Is Windows To Go the Real Innovation of Windows 8?

Due to the buzz around the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we've been treated to many variations on the pros and cons for tablets and desktops. However, the coverage tends to leave out what may be the single most useful feature of Microsoft's next-generation operating system: Windows To Go.

Essentially, Windows To Go puts a fully bootable Windows 8 installation on a USB drive. You'll carry around your OS and plug it into whatever device you need to use. If it's the first time you do so, the PC will configure all of the relevant device drivers, and store the necessary settings on the USB drive for next time. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is marketing this feature toward enterprise customers who might otherwise question the need to upgrade.

Creating a Windows To Go drive wasn't one of the features available for hands-on testing via the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica provided a way to 'build your own,' but admits that it's "a task …