Thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 - Read This 1st!
We’ve been huge fans of XP for such a long time it was almost like saying goodbye to a trusted old friend, however a recent hardware upgrade plus the need to get more up-to-date software so we would be compatible with 2 newer computers using our network, meant we skipped Vista altogether and went straight up to the Home Premium version of Windows 7 - and so far, so good! We like it very much, are glad we made the change, and look forward to getting to know it better. Yes it does feel different but that’s to be expected with any upgrade of Windows, however to us it appears much more like a modern version of XP than and upgrade to Vista, which we didn’t like at all. The upgrade to W7 caused only 4 problems for us (and 3 of them were easily sorted) however one was not! The 1st problem was it took over 2 hrs to fully load (because we chose the upgrade option) and we now know that a clean installation would have been far quicker. The 2nd item that cost us a little time was the printer software was incompatible, but that was easily sorted by visiting the drivers section of the manufacturer’s website. The 3rd glitch was our wireless print server, which all 3 computers use, and at the time of writing this review there are still no Windows 7 driver updates available for the HP 2101nw and we had to spend extra time setting up a local network so we could access our wireless printer. The last problem was the most time-consuming and annoying. We spent good money on the highly acclaimed 2011 version of Norton 360 only to find that the anti-spam features it includes (that we’d got used to with NIS 2010 integrated into Outlook 2007) do not allow for integration into Outlook 2010 – yet Norton 360 is still showing anti-spam integration available for Outlook Express. We found that very odd indeed. Didn’t Microsoft dump OE in favour of Windows Live Mail when Vista was released? Having spent all that money on the top Symantec product we were disappointed that were not able to control the spam we get (but that’s a Norton problem, not a Windows 7 one) and I’m sure in time Symantec will get around to fixing this strange anomaly. In the meantime, there doesn’t appear to be any need for Microsoft to release a service pack for Windows 7 as most people we talk to like it a lot, and we are happy to report that overall it scored 9.5 out of 10.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
A cost effective upgrade to Vista Home Premium
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
A very good purchase. Comes with all needed to change to English and a simple instruction on how to do so.
It was a very good price compared to the English version, about £60 or so saved.
It is the full version and you could, if needed, do a clean install on a different drive thus keeping your older operating system as I did with XP or upgrade your XP to Vista totally.
I personally prefer XP over Vista, but the newer security features and more stable platform makes Vista more reliable O.S. over XP.
The only negative I have to say about this is that some small items are left in French, the boot up choice screen, the internet connection in the "wizard" and one or two other odd words are left as French, but not a major issue at all, just a small one.
So over all I personally would recommend this purchase to any one who wants a cost effective upgrade to Vista Home Premium.
Awesome product great value for money.
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
The good: Windows Vista Home Premium does improve some features within Windows XP; fewer system crashes than Windows XP; and Windows Vista offers better built-in support options.
The bad: Windows Vista Home Premium does not put Search on the desktop (it's buried within applications, within the Start Menu); no new software yet written exclusively for Windows Vista; optimized only for the Microsoft Windows ecosystem (for example, RSS feeds from Internet Explorer 7 get preferential treatment); Tablet PC support unnecessary; fax and scan support missing; and there are too many editions of Windows Vista.
The bottom line: Windows Vista Home Premium is essentially warmed-over Windows XP Home Edition. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista Home Premium is stable enough for everyday use.
Very frustrating and time consuming
| No, I wouldn't recommend this product.
This was an unopened package, so I expected no problems changing from Vista Home Premium to windows 7 home premium, as that was what the software WAS supposed to do!
Checked the hardware requirements and the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor as suggested by Microsoft and all appeared OK!
I did exactly what the instructions said, going through all the processes and leaving the final conversion (which takes several hours)to continue on its own.
When I came back to the laptop, there was an on screen notice which said that windows 7 could not be installed and reverted the OS back to Vista.
Tried 3 times with the same result! Requested assistance from Microsoft but after several days no response!
The discs and product key all appear to be genuine according to the Microsoft web site.
If you intend to purchase this type of upgrade, check that your hardware will support it, and then keep your fingers crossed that it may work!!!!!!!!!!!!
Microsoft Windows Vista Home
A well made operating system for the home office.
You need a computer with more than 512MB of Ram to work properly; a P4 is recommended as they can be up graded to more than 1GB or more of Ram and a good size hard drive around 60-80GB or more.
But this can be put on a P3 750MHz or better what can be upgraded to 1GB of Ram and a good size hard drive around 60-80GB or more, also a good graphics card, the computer will run a bit on slow side.
I like this operating system as it easy to use.
I got it for my new computer, as it is running the older XP.
8.9/10 operating system.