What do u like about Win7 over XP?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by AaLF, Oct 8, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. AaLF

    AaLF Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2005
    Posts:
    986
    Location:
    Sydney
    Thought I'd kick this thread off as a resource to encourage laggers like me to embrace change. Most likely all of us co-habitated with XP some point in our lives.

    Tell us the things you find in Win7 that are head & shoulders over XP's way of doing things.
     
  2. wat0114

    wat0114 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2012
    Posts:
    1,983
    Location:
    Canada
    Windows firewall with advanced security, UAC, Windows Integrity control, and Applocker (in Ultimate & Enterprise versions). Of course Vista introduced some of these enhancements.
     
  3. berryracer

    berryracer Suspended Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Posts:
    1,640
    Location:
    Dubai, UAE
    I dont use any of what you mentioned personalleh

    UAC - annoying useless crap
    BitLocker - useless for meh


    I just like the interface more modern, and the fact that there is a proper 64 bit vesion so I can make use of more than 3.2 GB of RAM
     
  4. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2005
    Posts:
    3,517
    Location:
    USA - Back in a real State in time for a real Pres
    I like that it is or seems to me more like Linux. Also I like separate windows snapping to the edges of the screen.
     
  5. wat0114

    wat0114 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2012
    Posts:
    1,983
    Location:
    Canada
    Actually I forgot to mention proper support of 64 bit hardware.
     
  6. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2011
    Posts:
    9,148
    Aero Snap. I can't live without this feature and it's what kept me from Ubuntu until 12.04 had it built in.

    Security. Integrity levels, separation of root and user (REAL separation, not what XP implemented in SP2), ASLR, SEHOP.

    Better hardware acceleration available to applications - really important for games, which need DX10.

    Performance. Prefetch, Superfetch, etc. Far better multicore performance and SSD performance. Other improvements there.

    I like explorer a *lot* more. I find XP's interface so ugly.

    And a bunch of other stuff.
     
  7. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2009
    Posts:
    5,238
    Two things which immediately come to mind are the excellent troubleshooting feature, and the greatly improved driver support.

    For troubleshooting, you can go to Devices & Printers, and then right click on you are having problems with and then select Troubleshoot, and Windows will then do it's best to solve any problems you are having with that device. It works surprisingly well. Some examples of issues it has solved for me are the following. A usb headset had no sound. A friend had issues with his digital SLR camera. This particular camera when plugged in would not show under explorer like a usb flash drive, but Google's Picasa would recognize the camera and could download pictures from the camera. However it was no longer being recognized by Picasa - troubleshooting fixed this. A final example was with issues with printing, Windows found and fixed an issue with the print queue, and everything was working again.

    Also, if the is a exclamation mark shown on the icon for your computer in Devices and Printers, you can right click on the computer and icon and get Windows to troubleshoot the problems it has found. The most common problem, seems to missing or non functioning device drivers. Windows 7 does a very good job of resolving these driver issues, and in some cases where an appropriate driver can be installed automatically by Windows, a download link to download the driver manually is offered via the Action Center.

    There are of course many more reason why Windows 7 is better than XP.
     
  8. Aside from everything mentioned already...

    The installer. Takes like half as long as XP.

    The faster, friendlier, non-IE-based update system.

    UAC acting like UNIX's su. I know RunAs existed long before, but the new system is far better (it keeps your user's environment variables).

    Sandboxing that can actually contain a useful application, instead of just breaking everything (like RunAs).

    SRP being much easier to implement. You can use Admin authentication mode; this way UAC elevation will always prompt for a password, mitigating (AFAIK!) the need for a "pure" limited account.

    No spaces in the top-level directory names! GNU utilities tend to choke when fed spaces, so this is actually a really good thing.

    Better functionality in Process Explorer (at least per Mark Russinovich).

    Win7's taskbar is more useful than XP's (though I do find the mini-window tooltips vexing).
     
  9. kdcdq

    kdcdq Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2002
    Posts:
    657
    Location:
    Southwestern Massachusetts
    Personally, the greatly-reduced boot and shutdown times make Win7 worth the price of admission in my book....:)
     
  10. culla

    culla Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2005
    Posts:
    504
    so far then nothing i need
    i've never had trouble getting drivers
    i can get xp to look as i want
    long live xp :D
     
  11. chinook9

    chinook9 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    Posts:
    439
    Easily the best feature and its not even close. My Win 7 machine (SSD helps a lot) boots up in 30 seconds including password. I turn on my XP machine and then do upstairs and so something while it boots up. It takes so long I've never even timed it....I don't wait around.
     
  12. Boost

    Boost Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2007
    Posts:
    1,293
    Nothin stands out for me.Ive used plenty of others pcs using windows 7,wasnt nothin to get excited about.
     
  13. Brandonn2010

    Brandonn2010 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2011
    Posts:
    1,849
    Looks better. Better security. Latest and greatest. Better game support.

    Other than some easily-fixed BSOD problems I had, Windows 7 has worked flawlessly.
     
  14. PaulBB

    PaulBB Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2006
    Posts:
    708
    1. Stability
    2. Stability
    3. Stability

    I never experienced a BSOD under Windows 7 - don't know why but with XP BSODs was a daily nightmare, not to mention the viruses I got every time I went to the Microsoft website for updates.
     
  15. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2009
    Posts:
    5,238
    I must add something that is hard to describe how much I hate about Windows 7 (and Vista too) the removal of the ability to a repair install by booting from the installation DVD. Yes, you can do the same by running the install DVD from Windows, however this is useless if Windows refuses to boot. I've encountered several BSODs which prevented Windows from booting which sadly I was unable to fix, which most likely could have been fixed by doing a repair install.

    For the record, startup repair has nothing at all to do with doing a repair install. Also the BSODs I experienced were due to software issues not faulty hardware.
     
  16. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2009
    Posts:
    5,238
    You're lucky. I've experienced countless BSODs under Windows 7.
     
  17. Noob

    Noob Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2009
    Posts:
    6,468
    Well it looks a LOT better than XP, is fast and comes with default drivers saving me tons of time, specially with laptops . . . :D
     
  18. PJC

    PJC Very Frequent Poster

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Posts:
    2,959
    Location:
    Internet
    What do u like about Win7 over XP?

    -Stability

    -Interface

    -Driver Support

    -Performance
     
  19. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    Joined:
    May 9, 2005
    Posts:
    8,695
    So far, improved 64-bit support is the one big differentiator for me.
    The rest is pretty much the same.
    Mrk
     
  20. AaLF

    AaLF Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2005
    Posts:
    986
    Location:
    Sydney
    1. How do you get around Win7's landscape resolutions with a relatively squarish XP_ monitor? Can one adjust to say 1024x768 or do u have to upgrade the monitor?
    2. My friend & I had a big ceremony awhile back. He had picked up a pair of Kingston Hyper DD2 RAM 2x2gb 2nd hand & bargain priced. We gathered at the PC to lay the old 1gb sticks to rest & insert an XPer's dream - 4gb of RAM (or whatever the reduced capacity was). Afterall, word around town was that put 4gb into an XP & it'll be so full of 'VROOOM' you'll have to bolt the tower to the desk. Well, we plugged 'em in and to this day, we're still not sure if anything changed. Miniscule improvements here & there. But nothing to justify the hype. Is 4gb on 64 bit an easily seen & acknowledged improvement in performance??
     
  21. encus

    encus Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2009
    Posts:
    535
    Better GUI, faster, more secure & stable.
     
  22. TheWindBringeth

    TheWindBringeth Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2012
    Posts:
    2,084
    End of mainstream support: 01/12/2015
    End of extended support: 01/14/2020
     
  23. safeguy

    safeguy Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2010
    Posts:
    1,709
    Here's what I like in Win7 over XP:

    Better driver support
    - When I first made a clean install of Win7 on this laptop (used to dual boot XP and Vista), the default drivers worked fine, missing only 1 driver, which I then got from Windows Update. Apart from that, I only had to install Realtek HD Audio driver to get better sound quality.

    Navigation
    Win 7 Superbar, esp these
    - Taskbar buttons (Always combine, hide labels)
    - Thumbnail previews
    Aero Snap
    Libraries
    Start Menu (didn't like it initially but that changed)

    Performance
    Superfetch (it didn't quite worked for me in Vista but in Win7, there are improvements to how Superfetch manages memory, quieter and more selective)
    Built-in defrag improved compared to XP (although I prefer 3rd-party tools)

    Built-in Security
    ASLR
    SEHOP
    Integrity levels
    UAC (although I would set it at "Always Notify")
    SRP (better implementation due to redesigned APIs)
    Applocker (if you've got Ultimate or Enterprise)
    Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

    Recovery
    System Restore better than in XP (although I tend to disable it)
    Windows built-in Imaging

    Others
    Windows Update utility
    IE9 on Win7
    (IE9 don't run on XP. Not a fanboy but I find IE9 better than IE7/IE:cool:

    Lastly, comparing the default looks of XP and Win7, I'd say I prefer the latter. When I used XP, I usually used Zune theme or a 3rd-party theme (I missed those days). Heck, there was even a time I even made parts it look like Win7 :p

    I hope I'm not misinterpreting you but you may want to have a look at these:
    http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/win7s-no-reformat-nondestructive-reinstall/
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
     
  24. Sully

    Sully Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2005
    Posts:
    3,719
    For me it offers some different security tools to use, like Integrity Levels. Not much difference to XP though overall in terms of whether I have any issues with security.

    What clinches it for me are the little features that enhance my productivity, like the wiggle action to minimize other windows, or easy side by side arranging of windows, etc.

    Otherwise, if it runs what I want it to, and isn't slower, its just another OS to use.

    Sul.
     
  25. The one thing that really does bug me about 7 is that the 32-bit version still doesn't support 4+ GB of RAM, even though it definitely supports PAE. Why the heck not? With Vista they had to worry about driver compatibility, but 7 uses a new driver API, so even that isn't an issue.
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.