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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 something I didn’t mean to do.

By keeping the programs I use most often attached to the taskbar, I have nothing to do to get started when I boot the computer. With previous versions of Windows, it would take me a good five minutes to get everything arranged just the way I wanted it. I was amazed the first time I started working with Windows 7 and realized that was not going to be necessary any longer.

Another nice thing is the fact that with everything I do, I only have to reboot every two or three days. I know that doesn’t sound very good, and it is not, but it is a whole lot better than it used to be. I might have one or, perhaps, two editing programs open in addition to Thunderbird (email), notepad, an art program, Dreamweaver, my FTP program, and one or more browsers and browser windows. Other programs come and go and, unfortunately, Windows 7 still doesn’t, efficiently, return RAM to the user when a program closes.

When the RAM is eaten up, the OS starts acting weird. Strange things happen, and I know it is time to reboot to clear up the RAM. While it is irritating, it is a great improvement over the dreaded blue screen.

All in all, if you haven’t made the change, I recommend you do so. I skipped Windows Vista because of all the horror stories, so I made the move from Windows XP. XP was okay but, as I have noted, it wasn’t very user friendly. Windows has never been very user friendly. Windows 7 is, and it is about time. Hopefully, this Microsoft trend will continue. It has certainly been a breath of fresh air as far as I am concerned.


Guest Post by Leslie Miller


Leslie Miller works as a freelance web developer and frequent contractor for www.keyinsurancequotes.com. She has been around longer than she’d like to admit and can’t imagine life without remotes and the Internet even though she lived through that era.

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