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Poll: Are you happy with Windows 7?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / July 1, 2011 8:12 AM PDT

Are you happy with Windows 7?

-- Yes. (Please tell us why.)
-- I have mixed feelings. (Please tell us why.)
-- No. (Please tell us why.)

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by tedtks / July 1, 2011 8:54 AM PDT

I use win explorer a LOT. I drove me crazy that there were wo many HD folders that I could not get into. and, yes I
am on as administrator.
Then - I had a harware problem - swapped out my mobo. when I went to MS they blocked my key. gave me
a phone # to call to fix. I told him where to and how to !! wanted $199 for a new code key.
so back on xp pro and will stay here till it dies and then I will go with mac or linux, unless they
change their evil ways. LOL LOL like that will ever happen.

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Yes, I am happy with Windows 7 Home Premium
by Daviddude / July 1, 2011 8:58 AM PDT

I am running it on my home computer which is a HP A624N computer, a dual core 2.0 GHz processor, 3 Gig of RAM installed, no other changes to hardware other than external hard drives and I am on it's second DVD reader - burner...
I had been running Windows XP SP3 before I wiped and started over with with a fresh Windows XP install and an immediately did the Windows 7 upgrade install. (I can't remember having to do any XP updates before the 7 install)
I don't play video games, only use my computer for web browsing and emailing, light word processing, and banking. With Windows 7 Home Premium, and all of it's fancy Aero viewing, I finally feel like I am taking advantage of all that RAM installed.
Before on XP when I would do file moving or copying, it was a trip to watch the copy / move action icons because with the dual core, sometimes it seemed like most of the procedure was started before my screen icons ever showed up. When they did show up, it would only be for a few seconds and wala, the copy / move job was complete. (I am talking about big file copy / moves of movie files etc.
On Windows 7 that doesn't happen that much anymore, which tells me all that RAM is being used up by the Aero feature and Windows 7 itself, but I am ok with that.
So far, the only down side of Windows 7 that really bugs me is what has happened with the briefcase function - it is a 50/50 chance of working. I have been in contact with the windows help team, ran all sorts of their file checker tests (all came back a-ok), tried turning off the antivirus and malware programs, tried doing briefcase in Safe Mode, none of their suggestions fixed any of the problems. I ended that discussion with a post along the lines of "I sincerely hope that a Service Pack update to Windows 7 will restore briefcase to like it was with Windows XP". That was the end of the discussion, no one from the Microsoft support team ever replied. Two Windows 7 updates ago, the one briefcase I used (the only one I could set up and get to work) started to act up on me and files that I would delete on the source were not recognized as being deleted on the source and the Update Briefcase function would want to copy them back to the source. I have stopped using Briefcase all together and use SyncToy from Microsoft for the backups to my external hard drives.
With 1.5 terabyte external hard drive, I am also using Nero 10 backup and sync folder functions weekly for backups.

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Yes, but
by sharee100 / July 1, 2011 9:21 AM PDT

I had problems. Win problems. Vista...bloated program slowed down my computer and wanted to take control of everything. Then I learned how to turn off UAC. Now I have Win 7. At first I said "I can't find anything", "It looks too different". But then I decided to let go of all past system experiences and began to explore everything that Win 7 can and can't do. I have a fairly fast computer with lots of memory and several external hard drives that I use for copying videos, copying photos (about 10,000 right now), drafting software, Photoshop editing, all the MS Office programs, email, internet surfing, playing games, copying all my paperwork (bills, statements, correspondence), and love trying out new software. Using Vista, Photoshop used to take up to 2 minutes to load; now it takes 10 seconds. I'm a retired grandmother who spends more time than I should on my computer and have some kind of program running 24 hours day. And my computer rarely complains! I like Win 7.

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by OSUnTexas / July 1, 2011 9:44 AM PDT

I have had my Dell M4500 (2.67 GHz. 4 GB Ram, 64-bit OS) since Oct and I do miss my old Dell 650D with XP, I have had several support sessions with Dell but I spend way to much time watching the little blue circle spin and the window going white and waiting on program to response. I have heard from other user similiar problems and issue with Win 7.

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Windows 7 -- doesn't allow Outlook Express for email
by Omieof4 / July 1, 2011 10:38 AM PDT
I hate it! Angry I had my laptop "updated to Windows 7 by a tech". I loved Outlook Express email, it was clean and easy to use. For those who wanted more options Outlook was available. Now I find that Outlook is much slower for me as there are far too many options in unlikely places. I don't want to use any of the commercial email programs so I am stuck!

Please put out a Microsoft program for those of us who don't want to change every few years! Call it "Windows Senior Citizen" and let us keep what we have w/updates available.

Omie begs you to stop messing withthings that don't make anything easier just allows techie's to play around with us! Such as moving the favorites and history to the right side rather than the left where it was in OE.
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by needtolearn / July 1, 2011 11:12 AM PDT

upgraded from xp3 to new pc in Dec / 10 : Gateway DX 4300
processor : amd phenom (tm) ll x 4 805 2.5 ghz
RAM 6 gb
64 bit operating system

# 1. Using IE 8. Some say to upgrade to IE 9. Any pros / cons to this?

# 2. I am finding it difficult to place all documents / photos into respective folders.
there is no drag and drop function; however I have found a way to disable auto arrange.

I have backed up all into ext hard drive; however i wish to be able to open one folder containing photos, and see them all listed in one folder. I seem to have 3-4 folders of photos, similariary documents.
Even the disable auto arrange is not helping this.

I realize some photos/ documents are back ups from xp, but I get several folders for these. Another example is in documents I had a folder in xp 'registrations and memberships: files saved as *.txt, to give me sign in names / email address / passwords)": Now I have several areas where registrations and memberships are located.

How do I organize this ?

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Yes, you can
by sharee100 / July 1, 2011 12:50 PM PDT
In reply to: question

I drag and drop all the time. I do it between folders, between different hard drives, and to different areas on my master drive just like I did in Vista, Win 2000, and Win XP.

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How did you 'fix' W7 to drag and drop?
by needtolearn / July 3, 2011 1:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes, you can

I used sevenforums to help me disable auto arrange. Just wondering what link you used.
thank you

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there was no problem to begin with
by sharee100 / July 4, 2011 1:07 AM PDT

I open the folder I want to drag"from". It will list all the docs, photos, etc. in the frame on the right. Then I click on the arrows to expand folders in the left frame until I see the "to" folder in the left frame. Then I highlight the items in the right frame and drag them to the folder in the left frame.

If you are talking about something completely different, I apologize.

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I E 9
by DosZap / September 12, 2011 11:40 PM PDT
In reply to: question

I was told by GearHead Services to steer clear of IE 9, as it's BUGGY.
They do not have the kinks worked out, and who needs MORE hassle with IE?.Not me.

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I explorer 9
by bukaw1625 / July 7, 2012 9:13 AM PDT
In reply to: question

Dear needtolearn,goodmorning/afternoon,or ?

I imediatly went to 9 when it came out and I like it alot.but how it sets up is weird,not a bad weird but strange.
I downloaded it thru microsoft support page and it download in two stages,involving a can download it with the msn/bing stuff(as home page).msn is ok. when you restart the strange stuff starts. On my windows 7,I would first get a white page with very little on it,little of the page would load. some said to go to tools and click "advanced"and click the first box that is at the top. I forgot what it saidas I dont have "9" installed now(long story). after its installed and you restart explorer 9 should appear. it looks like a manila folder with the top part of your screen transparent.(you see your wallpaper). I explorer 10 which will be out soon on windows 8 is similiar but a bit better. good luck,I think you'll like it.

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windows 7
by casinorose122 / July 1, 2011 1:45 PM PDT

i hate it!! the worst thing for us is the live is default,can't seem to find a way to change that.if we want to email an article,photo from our pictures,it won't work.we keep getting errors..i have a yahoo add.i use.hate hotmail.also after we bought the computer,found there is a limited adobe flash videos don't work.can't believe they did way to add outlook express i frustrating

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Email and flash
by Doh_1 / July 1, 2011 5:35 PM PDT
In reply to: windows 7

Okay, email: Google gmail can email pretty much everything and is free. I've even emailed a 15MB .pdf file that gmail uploaded from my computer. Don't know what's wrong with Yahoo email and Hotmail, never use them. Also, if you're tied to downloading your email to your computer, Google provides free POP3 download, where you can leave email on the server as well after it's downloaded to your computer if you want. Easy. I look at my email first on the web, and then download what I really need to keep locally, which is very little. Some I keep on the web so I can access it from anywhere, including my iPhone.

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Google email is still not as easy to use as OE was
by Omieof4 / July 2, 2011 12:01 PM PDT
In reply to: Email and flash

Outlook Express was clean, no ads, and easy to use. I do use Google as my backup email but OE was a favorite and I didn't even realize a good program like that would vanish.

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windows 7
by glssldy57 / July 2, 2011 4:32 AM PDT
In reply to: windows 7

You may want to try IncrediMail, because it will conncect with Facebook and other sites too, if you want to share your pics on a social network. I do it all the time!

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good ol XP days are over....
by sk528 / July 2, 2011 5:08 PM PDT
In reply to: windows 7 is OE.

Microsoft expects people to use their Office suit thus Outlook or else use the crappy live client - no mercy whatsoever. For those not using MS Office can get other (free) email clients. Thunderbird is a great equivalent to OE, it even got an OE email importer, but you need to get used to the account management since its a Tux based clone.

Just be a little more flexible and try other solutions Wink

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I believe I am flexible and do try many solutions . . .
by Omieof4 / July 8, 2011 3:53 PM PDT

<b>Such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail which is the better of the three. As the eyesight fails and the brain tries to continue to make changes from 95 to Win 7 -- this is the first time I have big gripe about that we have lost Outlook Express Sad . I will overcome! I hope! </b>

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by lrrp6 / July 1, 2011 1:51 PM PDT

I bought a new Dell with Win7-64bit as the operating system. In the first month I got 2 or 3 blue screens of death per day. Now it is down to one per month. However, software (including latest version of Microsoft Office products) freeze while using them. Normally the freeze occurs when trying to save a document. The only way to use the program again is to re-boot. I can only compare Win7 to Win98. I also will be looking at Apple products for my next computer.

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Happy with Windows 7
by Ron Geiken / July 1, 2011 2:23 PM PDT

Personally this is the best of the Microsoft operating systems that I have ever used. I have 4 computers at the moment and 3 of them have Home Premium 64 bit, and one of them has Home Premium 32 bit (ASUS Netbook). I have used Vista, XP, Windows 98 SE, and Windows 95 and an earlier version of Windows and several versions of DOS. Not that it doesn't have a few problems, but usually whenever I get a crash, it reboots itself and works fine when it comes back. I have many free apps on the computers to keep them operating smoothly and more secure. Current versions of Windows 7 seem to be pretty stable, and all of my apps work flawlessly with the O/S, and very happy with things. A dual processor and 4 gig of ram to me seems to be the minimum to use with this O/S. There is frequently a lot of background activity going on, and the greater amount of ram and cores available will help to keep things running smoother. My main computer is a Lenovo i7-860 Intel 8 core processor and 8 gig of ram. Glad that I outfitted it with that much power, since it runs smoothly most of the time no matter what is going on. I would heartily recommend an 8 core processor such as the i7 types and at least 8 gig of ram. With enough power, you will be pleasantly surprised with your computer experience.

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No, Xp was much easier to use, this Win7 is such a hassle!!!
by glssldy57 / July 2, 2011 4:29 AM PDT

I am using Win7, that I bought about a year ago, I don't know the model number, nad since I'm disabled, I can't pick it up and turn it ovr to find out. It won't let me downsload critical updates (for 3-4 dys now, and keeps saying "Failure configuring Windows, reverting changes" and then it restarts and does the same thing all over again! Why can't I get my windows updates? This is driving me crazy and I'm afraid that one of the "failure to update... and reverting changes" is going to fry my PC, or worse, stop it from coming on at all! PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS INCESSANT SEVERAL TIMES A DAY PROBLEM!
Thanks for any help you can offer to fix this problem! Thanks so much for any help you can offer to fix this problem!
I got this model close to a year ago and this just started recently, like a week or so ago. If you need anymore information, then please advise and I'll try to find out what you need, to proceed with you and your team, getting my less than a year old desktop computer!

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(NT) Tip. Don't hide a request for help in a Poll posting.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2011 4:33 AM PDT
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Don't hide a request for hep in a Poll posting?
by glssldy57 / July 4, 2011 3:08 AM PDT

I wasn't aware that I hid it, how do I unhide it?

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What he probably means is...and
by Steven Haninger / July 4, 2011 3:26 AM PDT

pardon me for speaking for another that you've used a poll to post your problem and, in your own way, asked for help. The thread is a poll which is looking for feedback based on the subject of the original post. To "unhide" your help request, what you do is start a new thread in the forum that best fits the problem you are having. You should follow the cnet guidelines in doing so which simply means providing certain information that will help others to help you. Craft your subject summarize the issue and follow with some details including PC brand if applicable, OS and service pak level, error messages, etc. You should get responses and probably some questions to help clarify the issue as well. If your problem is Windows 7 related, this forum is where you need to be but you also need to be the originator of the thread. Good luck.

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to Steven Haninger
by glssldy57 / July 4, 2011 3:46 AM PDT

I really don't know what you mean, because I posted it here for Win7 where everyone else was posting, so how am I not the originator of my thread? I said exactly what my problem is and don't know what else I can say to make it more clear that I can't get Windows updates for almost a week now. It keeps saying "Failure configuring Windows updates, Reverting changes." It will try 2-3 times of restarting and trying to configure and it will go to 77% and then I get the error message I quoted above. Most of these 7-8 updates, maybe more now... are critical and I'm afraid that something is going to happen to my computer without these updates. My computer is operating on Win7 and it's an eMachine. What else can I tell that would make it more clear? Where do I look for the Model #? Thanks for the good luck wish, but I need cold hard facts, lol!

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How do I start a new thread?
by glssldy57 / July 4, 2011 3:48 AM PDT
In reply to: to Steven Haninger

My ex boyfriend took care of any computer problems, so I'm kinda new to this. How do I start a new thread? I'd be more than happy to if I knew how to do that!

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Just a tip.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 3:49 AM PDT
In reply to: to Steven Haninger

Asking for help inside a Poll is going to go badly. We all know Windows Updates are full of issues yet Microsoft seems to think that's OK?

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Try this.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 3:52 AM PDT
In reply to: to Steven Haninger
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Thank you MarkFlax
by glssldy57 / July 4, 2011 4:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this.

I now have it in a new thread thanks to you Mark, I hope this gets the answer(s) that I need!

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7 is a mixed bag
by sk528 / July 2, 2011 8:58 AM PDT

for the newcomer it's a bit of steep learning to get used to the user interface and especially file security. Windows search is a joke - XP was far more advanced for finding files and especially contents inside files.

Compatibility with older software is not great - 7 made me run a Vista VM to get one 8yo software back in working order. It was plain unusable under 7.

Other than that 7 is stable, fast and reliable ..never saw any other serious issue.

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Windows Seven dropped the "Outlook" Address book
by sgmtE9 / July 2, 2011 9:18 AM PDT

I dislike windows seven for that one reason but also it's difficult to find systems/procedual methods. The email system is the worst of all will the lack of an address book. I have been told that if you purchase 2010 Office the address book is again available - but why is it not available in Office 2007. I lost it with windows 7. I love telling everybody that I hate windows seven for that reason alone. Thanks for letting me vent.

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