Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Windows 7

  1. Dec 18, 2009 #1
    Are there any gaping flaws in Windows 7 that have been discovered so far? What do you guys think of it as an OS?
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 18, 2009 #2
    For a Windows operating system it is ok. The install footprint is minimal compared to Vista. As for the gaping hole part their were and still are bugs. On the security side it was plagued by UAC problems. MS patched it fairly quickly though. I am a Linux user so I am always going to be picky about windows. It is a pretty good change though I must admit.
  4. Dec 18, 2009 #3
    So far I really love it. I think it was worth the money for the upgrade from XP. Vista came pre-installed on my laptop and left me with a bad taste for windows for a long while. The W Media Center that is installed on W7 works great on my Media Center. The Power Saving function really works well also. I didn't have any conflicts driver wise and I think that was the most refreshing development.

    On the negatives:
    The home addition is a little confusing to work with on the networking side, but I figure it will make more sense as I play around with it more.

    The themes need to be more customizable. While it is much better than Vista in that regard, it is still not really good enough. When you have your desktop on a television you need to be able to hit that sweet spot as far as icon and text size go.
  5. Dec 18, 2009 #4


    User Avatar

    As for icon size, when you are on the desktop, hold 'ctrl' and scroll your mouse wheel to fine tune the size.

    I like Windows 7 except for the 'superbar' which I hate. Everything that used to take me 1 click (like un-minimizing firefox, un-minimizing a conversation etc) takes 2 clicks. And there is no default to change it back like in Vista. Also I can't ever tell what folders I have open because they are all minimized into 1 icon.

    Other than technicalities like the above, I have never had a problem with Windows. But if you have Vista you probably won't notice a difference as they are basically the same.

    I have never noticed any bugs, had any "UAC problems", or any of the sort.
  6. Dec 18, 2009 #5
    The UAC problem was a bug that was only noticeable if you were writing exploit code for it. So if you aren't proficient in userland debugging or anything of the sort you may not find those kind of bugs.
  7. Dec 19, 2009 #6


    User Avatar

    That is a pretty old bug. What are the current bugs?
  8. Dec 19, 2009 #7
    Ive got my laptop (finally) and after xp, it takes some getting used to. I was thinking of switching to Linux, but the compatibility issues with hardware etc I wasnt sure of. So far it seems ok, except it has the microsoft problem of downloading stuff without explicitly asking you. Had to reconfigure how automatic updates functions. Very pleasing graphically so far.
  9. Dec 19, 2009 #8
    I concur. MS's answer to this problem is just to use the window+tab key but its still a pain in the ***, especially when you have a lot of files open at once.
  10. Dec 23, 2009 #9
  11. Dec 27, 2009 #10

    Vanadium 50

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    A number of off-topic posts (that were degenerating into a flamewar) have been removed.
  12. Dec 27, 2009 #11


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    At several gaming oriented forums, there are complaints about UAC interfering with game install and setup for internet play with Vista. Apparently, it's mostly an annoyance, as I don't recall someone getting stuck, once they had instructions on how to get around the UAC issues. I assume Windows 7 will have the same issue between games and UAC? Since I only have a small sampling of games and gaming forums (most racing games), are there any known recent (last 5 years) games that won't run under Windows 7?
  13. Dec 27, 2009 #12
    I don't know of any games that won't run very well on W7, but I've only tried handful. Heres a list of what I've installed in the past with my W7 Pro machine.

    Sins of Solar Empire (love this one)
    Crysis Warhead
    L4D 2
    Half Life 2
    Company of Heroes
    Fallout 3
  14. Jan 12, 2010 #13


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    I've had Windows 7 for several weeks now and I think it's very good.
  15. Jan 12, 2010 #14


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    This is a nice tip. Thanks!
  16. Jan 23, 2010 #15
    You can disable this type of behavior easily. Im not on my computer right now but its basically right clicking on the taskbar, properties, then there somewhere where you can choose to group icons or not, have them expand when you open them or keep them as the small icon, etc, just like vista.

    I did this because I feel the same as you and was already used to the old way. Plus I use rocketdock so another dock for me is not necessary.
  17. Jan 24, 2010 #16
    I bought my computer in June '09 , sometime before windows 7 was out, so I got stuck with Vista (my previous comp had XP). Now, a lot of my friends upgraded to 7 and I got to try it out . While it has some good feaures, and a little more stable than vista, I don't think its worth the upgrade ( unless you are a student and can get it for free). The only thing I wish Vista had as well is "XP mode". There are some programs like 'virtual private network' , that don't run in vista/7 and need XP mode to run.

    PS: To avoid upgrading to 7 just for XP mode, I found some virtual emulators online that let me install VPN, etc.


Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook