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Poll: Just how satisfied are you with Windows 7?

The TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog polls members on this question: Just how satisfied are you with Windows 7?

With all the bad press Microsoft Windows Vista was getting, early adopters of Windows 7 were taking a leap of faith when upgrading. But according to several reports from Forrester Research, which were brought to my attention by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes in his blog on ZDNet, upgrading to Windows 7 was much more common than past Windows version changes. Some 43% obtained their copy of Windows 7 via upgrade.

According to the Forrester Research study, most of the early Windows 7 adopters are very satisfied with the operating system. I am running Windows 7 on several of my own machines and find it to be very quick and responsive. I cannot remember any significant problems with drivers, hardware connections, mysterious crashes, or any of the myriad other complaints often mentioned when Windows is discussed. I guess that would make me very satisfied.

But what about you?

Are you satisfied with Windows 7? And, if you are, just how satisfied are you? If you are not satisfied, why aren't you? What is missing? What features are you using more than you thought you would?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

100 comments
MSwhip
MSwhip

The fact that Microsoft has allowed OEM copies like for example with Dell machines that no original CD or DVD is provided with an OEM copy is a deplorable decision from Microsoft. And moreover, when an owner of a legitimate license phones Microsoft to request a second copy when the OS has fail;ed the owner is reprehensible and scroogy from Microsoft. They hide and rerive the owner to deal with the Dell ppl., who by now have stopped supporting windows 7, not offer another copy for a nomila fee to cover for a miserable CD or DVD cost (a few cents) us abusive. All these issues with Microsoft software will make many of us to definitely veer and opt for free Open Source operating software. Ubuntu 13.04 comes to mind very strongly. Microsoft and acolytes will be fully accountable for their loss. I hope and wish that this market share loss by MS happens rather sooner than later.

sweetcheers1234
sweetcheers1234

Windows 7 has even more mistakes in the system than vista. I can't even imagine how they could do it with the screen to limit the resultion and force people to the highest resolution. It is totaly crap as it slow down my games, and a little older programs still show little bits not easy to see on my laptop even with big sized of everything. I hate windows 7

Doug Vitale
Doug Vitale

Windows Vista SP2 is actually a pretty good operating system. Now that I have bent it to my will and fully customized it, I would not go back to Windows XP. I haven't installed Windows 7 on any boxes yet, but I have played around with it a few times in Best Buy. If someone had told me that it was Vista installed and not 7, I would have believed him.

john3347
john3347

I see several comments here questioning specifics of what does not work. IE8 is, even still, unacceptably buggy and there is no path to IE7. Libraries just screwed up worse, the train wreck that was Vista Windows Explorer. Classic start menu that millions of users prefer must be provided by a third party. Windows 7 still has quite a number of application incompatibilities. Search is hopeless. The new search only searches the current location. If you need to find something in another location on your computer, search is hopeless. What is it with Windows developers' vocabularies? We used to have the wonderful confusion between Windows Explorer(which, very appropriately, used to be called "program manager".) and Internet Explorer. Now we have Internet Explorer Favorites (which is confusing enough by itself because everybody else calls them "Bookmarks") and Windows Explorer Favorites - Is this the best that they could do? There are many, many other shortcomings that prevent Windows 7 from being a wonderful product, but it certainly is a heck of a drive ahead of Vista that it has replaced. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it! edit for spelling

asgillean
asgillean

The RC Candidate was more reliable than the X64 version I had built for me. Check disk runs every time I start the system - been back to shop four times to fix this.

Devil Monkey
Devil Monkey

Oh, dear! An operating system utility is not only about "very quick and responsive, problems with drivers, hardware connections, mysterious crashes" and that sort of stuff. There are other things. Just read this page on one of the Microsoft's blog and find out. It is not the only page full of complaints, mind you. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproperf/thread/17a83954-8c3c-4d45-9dd6-03f6cdd1604c/?prof=required The way this was conceived is nothing less than crazy. Every new edition of Microsoft's products is more directed to numb customers. The latest are so stupid that they become cumbersome and we can; 't find useful things.

Devil Monkey
Devil Monkey

Oh, dear! An operating system utility is not only about "very quick and responsive, problems with drivers, hardware connections, mysterious crashes" and that sort of stuff. There are other things. Just read this page on one of the Microsoft's blog and find out. It is not the only page full of complaints, mind you. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproperf/thread/17a83954-8c3c-4d45-9dd6-03f6cdd1604c/?prof=required The way this was conceived is nothing less than crazy.

Noprisoners
Noprisoners

When compared to Vista... Win7 is a breath of fresh air. I've had no issues, it seems smarter at sorting out drivers. The only niggle I had was trying to 'find' youtube video's in temp internet folders? this was easy in WinXP, Win7 seems to hide them? I've got around the problem with videocacheview, but preferred to find them directly. Steve

ted
ted

There are a number of things about Windows 7 that I like. But it seems to crash more than Vista did. My computer came with Vista installed, and they threw in a 4 GB USB memory stick. Now, after upgrading to Win7, about 1 time out of 3, when I plug in the memory stick, the system crashes (blue screen). Annoying!

SwissJon
SwissJon

I stopped reading these comments when there were too many "I like it but" ... I've been using Windows 7 since it was released on MSDN in Beta.. I was using Vista back then, but will NEVER go back to that awful O/S.. There are one or two incompatable applications we use, but Windows XP mode takes care of that.. It's a bit resource hungry, but these days 4Gb in a laptop isn't unusual.. So far we've got nearly 100 installations, and not one user would go back to XP or Vista.. I like the fact you have to do a clean install, it means the computer gets dry cleaned, and the user has to stop and think "this isn't just another upgrade, this is different." All in all.. Yeah.. Good move M$.. Not perfect, but the best so far. (Ooops.. There was a but in there!! :D )

Rodo1
Rodo1

...it is great. Other than that it doesn't seem to have any earth shattering improvement to XP. I don't see any compelling reason to "upgrade" to it. Sure looks to me that all they really did was change the UI...

Dopey.1.of.The.LSD
Dopey.1.of.The.LSD

I miss a minor option taht is the full screen prompt to be used with very old stuff I wrote years ago. I've been using all the multiple flavors of Windows since its inception 25 years ago or so, including Vista 32 and 64 (that didn't make my life so terrible for my 3 years of use) and I must say that Windows 7 is by far the best release Microsoft ever published. This OS (like any other) will get improvements and ehnancements. However, just let's hope these upcomming upgrade don't slow down the system as it was the case both with XP and Vista. Fine tuned to my tast with Vindows 7 Manager (from yamicsoft), Seven flies! Just for the fun, I'm runing ADSL TV to listen as a wall-paper (that is a lot of more fun than the Vista Dreamscene option) without downgrading the overall performance.

deICERAY
deICERAY

Crashes every single night with no explanations; explorer file management is obtuse, stupid, not configured properly; NOTHING runs on it - and the XP virtual machine is a virtual joke - it sees nothing, runs nothing, does nothing. They made personalization more difficult. not less, they've made more of those MS-type decisions for us about what we can and cannot control and I think I overpaid for the OS. WIN7 is just as quirky and buggy and disappointing as the previous systems; I personally think most BSOD are caused by bad patching, and planned obsolescence; the spin on them now is they don't necessarily freeze the whole system, you just get annoying non-helpful 'help screens' promising MS will look into this... I can even show you a screen where the windows installer is refusing to install a program because it doesn't trust the author - who is MICROSOFT! No, not happy at all.

danielb34
danielb34

I'm running W7 on two machines, a new desktop bundled with W7 and a laptop just upgraded from Vista. Visually, I don't see much difference in the interface from Vista except for some cosmetics, some of which seem done just for the sake of doing them. The real difference is in start-up and shutdown times, which are at the moment better than Vista, and battery consumption, which seems to be worse with W7. Upgrade on the laptop was a long but relatively painless process and the three incompatibilities I encountered were easily dealt with. The verdict: so far, so good. It "feels" trimmer and more efficient even if not notably so. However, Vista was pretty snappy at first too, so I wonder whether W7's improvements in performance will degrade over time as Vista's did.

maptrade
maptrade

Am very satistfied with it. It's fast and responsive and very stable. I can run all my old software on it. There is only 1 or 2 driver problem with old hardware but all you need to do is go to the hardware vendor's website and look for updates. There is no steep learning curve. It may take some time to find features that have been re-located but it is not hard. I use Media centre to watch local HD TV broadcast full screen and it performs even better than the Player that comes with the TV stick hardware vendor - I can now save my bucks purchasing an upgrade to the Player from the hardware vendor

lachgil
lachgil

yep, windows 7 is awesome. I was lucky enough never to own a copy of vista on my own machines except in a virtual machine for helping with client's problems. I didn't like the changes made in vista to the UI just because they were poorly implemented (namely Microsoft search) but all frustrations with vista evaporated when windows 7 appeared. All the problems were fixed and the changes to the UI in 7 are easy to accept and rather intuitive. I groan whenever a client still has vista just because it is so hard to work with compared to vista or XP. yes i am very satisfied :)

jimandkicaG
jimandkicaG

Windows7 is nice but I miss my mouse gold pointer from Windows XP.But so fare I Like Windows 7 just getting use to it And I haven't crash it and that is good for me.jimandkicaG@comcast.net

in_czech
in_czech

Very satisfied, I've not had a single crash in the 4 months I've been using it. All my software runs fine including compiled basic programs I wrote back in the early 80's for my IBM PC1.

joseph.calloway
joseph.calloway

I am just "Satisfied" with Windows 7. However, about twice a month my system shuts down due to an "error" as the system calls the problem.

jimiznhb
jimiznhb

I upgraded my 2 Towers & a Laptop that was STRUGGLING with vista :( to Windows 7 and am TOTALLY Satisfied :D Money WELL Spent... Everything WORKS and FAST tOO :D

pll.sridhar
pll.sridhar

I love the speed of Windows 7. That has been the drawback of Vista. Though still Windows 7 has to accept all XP applications , it is gorgeous with XP mode and other compatibility applications.Look here for Win 7 articles. Internet Technology BLog

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

7 is pretty solid, but the learning curve for the average user is BRUTAL. I'm also pretty pissed about the lack of an upgrade path from XP to 7...Honestly MS??? 7 should have been released and Vista should have never seen the light of day....

Sheldont
Sheldont

I'm not sure which is worse, 7 or vista. XP may have had some quarks but at least you could fix most problems. I have 7 on one of my computers and will not put it on the rest. If I have to replace XP then everything will be mover over to Linux.

Jaytmoon
Jaytmoon

A little disapointed that my last year ver of Roxio 9.x suite is not compatable with Wv7, but everything else works just fine

j.baig
j.baig

Windows 7 is awesome. By far the best Microsoft OS so far. Yes it may seem as it is using a lot of ram, still it uses ram differently than prior OSs from Microsoft. The boot up is fast, programs load even faster and network so easy that a caveman can do it. Not to mention security is better as well. Though, I recommend if you have less than 2 gigs of ram, and do some tasks which require a lot of ram, then turn off Aero and keep it to Basic.

Darren B - KC
Darren B - KC

Besides the productivity software I use with Windows 7, I'm also an avid gamer, which is where my few gripes about Windows 7 eminate from. I've had quite a few games that are not that terribly old simply not work well, or at all, with Windows 7. In most cases, I can usually find solutions and workarounds after a little Google searching, but it's the hassle involved with having to find and implement those workarounds in the first place that kinda grind my gears. There are also some miscellaneous bugs that annoy me, but no more than any previous version of Windows. (Not that it should make bugs acceptable, but I guess they're not so bad that I'm regretting the upgrade to 7.) For example, the Aero Peek/Shake features stopped working on my machine after I tried them the first time. Still haven't figured that one out, but since I never really had the opportunity to get used to using them, I don't really notice that they're missing. Generally speaking, however, Windows 7 has made my computing life better so I'm glad I made the switch, and I'm excited to see what fixes and additions the first service pack will bring.

bboyd
bboyd

For Vista, Awesome! for XP, Meh, no dice. For Media center computer, finally something workable. I do like that it doesn't need driver support to install on my raid during a fresh install.

Timespike
Timespike

I love the OS. It does everything I want it to, looks great, is intuitive to navigate, hasn't crashed on me yet, and stays out my way. What more can you ask?

jfuller05
jfuller05

The OS should have been like this a long time ago though. Maybe not graphically speaking, but as in functionality, the system should have been like this years ago.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

those aren't technical issues related to Windows 7. Those are strictly business practice issues. Also, the survey is three years old. I think by now most people have worked out their issues with W7; W8 is the new whipping boy.

burkew0@comcast.net
burkew0@comcast.net

Brand New Dell Vostro 1520 Laptop Windows 7 Home Premium install iTunes 9.0 64 bit => blue screen passes all harware test diags etc 3 calls with MS , 2 calls with Dell MS Blames video drivers .. replaced drivers etc MS could not fix it. Dell didn't want to. As system uses different load points (randomizes) for drivers each boot to thwart malware etc, causes Nvidia to freak out (randomly) unit went back to Dell bottom line several more hours of life wasted. Bring back DOS 1.0 !

faustolg
faustolg

I had crashes when shut down or reset, or the management console, but it was a virus, since the correction of the issue, I'm happy, like my coworkers, they aren't getting back to xp, because the stability and speed 7 gives, even with 512MB of RAM, YES! 512MB. and even in a celeron pc. now, vista? that sucks! and they are not the same! 7 is not vista.

carlsf
carlsf

Reason... TOO many changes MS have steped too far. MS have removed the "CLASSIC: option. This is a standard setting for (115 users):- Any user can use any computer and know exactly where/how to fix a problem Support our technicans do NOT spend hours looking to fix a problems We do not have to spend $$$$ on retraining and purchase of wIN7 sorry MS your loss,

cees.broek
cees.broek

Some of my hardware (scanner, printer) that gave up under Windows Vista works flawlessly with Windows 7. Next to a smooth running of this OS, makes that I couldn't be more satisfied with Windows 7 than with any other MS OS I ever worked with.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I gotta burn a Vista upgrade DVD to use as an interim step between XP and 7, just in case I have to do any 'in place' upgrades.

jfuller05
jfuller05

For not being satisfied with Windows 7.

charliebach
charliebach

Having used Win 7 since its launch i am still trying to figure out why people are so enthused about it?. I have had more "Blue screens Of Death" slow downs,and general annoyance than i ever did with XP. I have turned off the fancy bells and whistles especially the stupid page views snap etc, i find these just about the most annoying aspect of any system i have ever owned. So what did i get for my investment- not much i say, come back XP all is forgiven,-by me anyway!!

gak
gak

My problems are: 1. USB flash/HDD does not power off as it used to do in XP. I like to see a light in my flash going down and feel how my HDD slows and stops before I disconnect it. 2. I think measures taken to make UAC less annoying, like silent privileges elevation for trusted assemblies, may lead to security problems. However, I am realistic about Windows security in general, so that is a really minor issue. 3. Shadow storage turns out to be a bad idea. It creates more problems than solves.

jred
jred

I moved from Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit. For the record, I liked Vista ok, although it wasn't very stable, and I felt like I needed more than the 2gb RAM I had. When I installed W7, suddenly 2GB was plenty! My games played well, the media center app rocked, I love it. Oh, and before you label me a MS fanboy, if you ain't got Slack, you ain't got jack...

steveschiffer
steveschiffer

Even just the little touch of drag and dropping a maximized window between two monitors with having to reduce it first. When I connect to a TV or projector it is much more intelligent. The taskbar took a bit longer to get used to but now I am frustrated when I use another OS. It's great.

gcomputeronet
gcomputeronet

iTunes sucks and, by the way, would not install on DOS 1.0 at all.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

If you can backup the critical user data, Win 7 has a pretty awesome unattended install mode with PE 3....It makes life WAY easier. 'Course you could keep me employed and buy enteo and have us help you configure it all. ;-)

Sheldont
Sheldont

It crashes, locks up and has comparability issues. Often doesn't have the drivers needed for common USB equipment or loses them. Other than that I guess its' ok.

jorge.blat.palacios
jorge.blat.palacios

I have the privilege of being a Windows 7 test user and after running it for more than 4 months, I have cold chills when I think of my colleagues running on windows XP. So many errors, blue screens, problems with dual monitors and projectors and screen resolutions, etc. My Dell E6400 works like a charm in Windows 7. Not a single crash and I even use HDD encryption (truecrypt) with no trouble at all and I did not need a single driver when I installed!

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