Jan 9 2010

The 10 Biggest Issues in Windows 7

Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 7, was a vast improvement over Windows Vista. Some have even said that Vista should not have been released in the first place, and that Windows 7 was what Vista should have been. But despite these improvements, Windows 7 still does lack some features. Here are the top ten concerns with Microsoft’s latest operating system.

1. Security. Windows 7 is more secure than Vista, but it still has a ways to go. Microsoft needs to come up with more innovative solutions to Windows security problems.

2. Web integration. Windows 7 does not have much online integration, which is strange considering how crucial the Internet is to today’s consumers. A modern-day operating system needs to have more access to web services, and right now Windows 7 does not have that.

3. Starter edition. Windows 7 Starter Edition is, to put it bluntly, just dumb. It lacks many features that users want and makes buying a Microsoft OS unnecessarily complicated. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that Microsoft should offer one edition of their OS like Apple does.

4. System-wide search. One area that Microsoft has never been strong in is search. I remember having many problems finding files on my old Windows XP computer and unfortunately, Microsoft has not really addressed this issue fully yet. A decent search feature is essential on today’s operating systems, considering the large size of the hard drives offered on both laptops and desktops.

5. Enterprise concerns. Corporate users are still unsure about whether they should upgrade to Windows 7. Microsoft needs to make this clear to them, perhaps with a special ad campaign.

6. Make upgrading easier for XP users. Vista was so bad that many Microsoft users decided to stick with Windows XP. But Microsoft has made it difficult and expensive for these unfortunate customers to upgrade to Windows 7, which is a mistake on the company’s part.

7. Native apps. Users need to download essential apps like Windows Mail before they can use them. And these apps have not been upgraded that much from Windows Vista.

8. Useless apps and bloatware. One of my complaints with Microsoft computers is the abundance of completely useless software that comes pre-installed. To add insult to injury, this bloatware is always difficult to remove, and it can be hard to tell if it’s even been removed entirely. Windows 7 has this useless software, too. It’s about time for Microsoft to remove it and stop plaguing its customers with it.

9. Make upgrading easier for Vista users.
There have been significant (30 percent according to some figures) numbers of reports of upgrade issues for Vista users. Microsoft needs to address this problem.

10. Windows 7 learning curve. Windows 7 is kind of like Vista, so Vista users should not have any problems using it. However, it is radically different from XP, and the tutorials included with Windows 7 are not all that useful (which isn’t surprising – Microsoft help files are never useful).

Via eWeek, image via Financial Times.

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  1. RiteGuy said:

    How about giving some specifics! It’s easy to complain about something/someone by just making general statements. But when you don’t backup your statements with specific examples, I can only assume that

    1) You’re just passing on some things you heard about Windows 7 and you really haven’t used it; and

    2) You’re not qualified to make any of the statements you just made and therefore your observations are just plain wrong.

    See how easy it is to discredit something or someone without using any facts or even knowing the topic or person?

    If you want me to believe anything you say, give me a reason to believe.

    RiteGuy

    January 9th, 2010 at 7:58 pm
  2. webdtc said:

    I agree with RiteGuy. Some specifics would be useful. But, if these are the 10 biggest issues with Windows 7 I’d say Windows 7 must be one of the best OSes out there as alot of these seem like non-issues and issues that apply to other OS upgrades as well.

    January 10th, 2010 at 3:46 am
  3. Rayne said:

    Windows 7 is indeed a worthy successor to XP (no thanks to Vista)

    Regarding number 6, “Make upgrading easier for XP users”, we’ll have to rely on third-party tools for that – and not the crippled Easy Transfer Microsoft tries to pass on as a worthy upgrade tool.

    A nice example would be Zinstall XP7 ( http://www.zinstall.com ) – easy, powerful, does the job. Only downside – need to pay for the fun.

    January 13th, 2010 at 10:48 am

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