What Does Windows 7 Mean To You?

Will the upcoming new version of Windows be yet another Vista for PC gamers to worry about, or will Windows 7 be a boon for the mouse and keyboard set? TechRadar takes a look.

When I first upgraded to Windows Vista, I wasn't just disappointed. I was depressed. It looked lovely, had all these new bells and whistles, but bells and whistles take up memory, slowing things down to a crawl. Well TechRadar UK's article on Windows 7 has me feeling a great deal better.

Windows 7 is essentially what Windows Vista should have been. They've taken the same OS and streamlined it, making it much more efficient memory-wise. Essentially what this means is you wind up with more free memory and an OS where all the bugs that plagued Windows Vista's launch as far as 3D performance goes are already ironed out. It's like getting a memory upgrade and a lovely new interface.

I've yet to try Windows 7 myself, having been understandably worried about screwing up the grudging agreement my PC has reached with Vista at this point, but after reading TechRadar's thoughts I'm feeling a bit more confident. Should I take the plunge?

Windows 7 - what it means for gamers [TechRadar UK - Thanks Sensai-N]


    Do it unless you have a Intel network card (a blue screen issue when copying more than about 15MB across it).

    I have been running it for the last week and not had any problem so far. Uses: WoW, .Net and Sql Dev.

    Suprisingly no issues with virus software.

    Oh yeah. It's fast, like XP fast, actually like XP plus some fast.

    New interface takes a like getting used to, but definately increases your productivity.

    I've never had a problem since I upgraded to Vista. I'm not sure whether it's worth picking up Windows 7 until I get a new PC a couple of years down the track. Is there anything in Windows 7 that I'm really going to miss?

    Think of Windows 7 as the OS Vista should have been. Almost Anything that runs on Vista "should" run on Win7 (unless it has one of those system checks that seems to plague older windows apps). If you've made the migration to Vista, the trip to 7 is almost painless, and basically feels like a Service Pack.

    For me the biggest improvement is system speed, although UAC tweaks and interface updates certain make the experience nicer.

    For performance, I run a HP dv9205TX (about 2 years old now) with 4GB of Memory and intel Core2 2Ghz. Average memory usage on Vista was constantly about 50%. Windows7, wait for it: 20~25%.

    I installed on a VM as well and ran about the same speed as vista (on a raw machine) using only 350 - 400 MB of memory. This is with a fairly complete install.

    If you want faster Vista, get 7. You wont be disapointed. Especially if you have had no issues with Vista.

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