Who wins: Sliced bread or Windows 7?

Who wins: Sliced bread or Windows 7?

Summary: In what could well be the most strange comparison to date, which would win - Windows 7 or sliced bread? Crazy ramblings of the resident student mad-man,


Think of Windows 7 in relation to Vista as how most relationships seem to fail: things between you and your partner were perfectly fine, just before a newer, younger and better looking model came along. I barely complained (publicly) about Vista because it wasn't that bad in the long run and there was nothing to really compare it to. Comparing it to XP would be unfair as the two operating systems were in an entirely different league to each other.

After using the release-candidate for months and finally getting round to downloading and installing the finished product, I was pleased. In fact, "pleased" probably wouldn't describe it as much as "relieved" would do. The fact of the matter is that Windows 7 is now done and dusted, and I was sick to the back teeth of either writing about it or hearing anything about it long before it even reached the first release-candidate milestone.

But now that it is over with, I can rest easy tonight knowing that the trickles of information I prescribed to the readers over the course of this last year can now be wrapped up and concluded in a closing statement. It is for the jury now to decide how the product will continue.

For me, it is truly brilliant through and through. For others who have yet to really experience what it is like first hand may well wonder why Vista even existed - at least in its current form. I would have gladly waited another year on top of the original delayed schedule for them to take a long, hard look at what Vista would have been at RTM to make it work en par with Windows 7 at RTM performance-wise.

Take my word for it. Without the need to re-write what half the blogosphere has already written, Windows 7 is damn good and a far cry from what "legacy" Windows operating systems were. I would personally recommend it to anybody - professionally or personally - simply after using it and experiencing the high performance, the responses it gives me, the application compatibility and the general cleanliness of the user experience.

All this, in perspective, is relative to Vista, to be fair.

Internet Explorer is still very much integrated as part of the operating system. Regardless of whether it will be included as part of Windows in certain locales it makes very little difference. It is still the case that if Internet Explorer screws up, that's it, albeit it probably won't screw up Windows Explorer like it used to. It would be nice to be able to fully reinstall the browser as it can come in handy from time to time; and before the die-hard geeks take like a panther to my jugular, removing and "reinstalling" it through Programs and Features doesn't work.

Touch technology in Windows 7 is unique in the fact that the operating system is actually built around touch. This is clear from the touch-users perspective but not so much from the non-touch user. Either way, it looks good and feels fluent with Office 2007 and onwards.

Windows XP Mode, the ability to run Windows XP in the background of Windows 7, enables backwards compatibility with programs and applications which don't work on the next-generation operating system. It works very well, especially with the host-client integration but it does churn up a lot of memory. The average user won't notice a difference but Windows XP Mode is only really viable on machines with 2GB RAM or more. Thankfully you probably won't have to use it often as I have found, because every one of my peachy applications installs just fine.

Sharing files over a network from a PC to another PC, even if both of those computers have Windows 7 RTM is a bit of a nightmare for me unless using the HomeGroup feature. Maybe the settings aren't quite right on the machines and no doubt others are having no problems at all, but it is still a bit of a drag nonetheless.

While the in-built troubleshooting features may seem a tad trivial to the advanced user, for the average Joe, these will come in handy more often than not. If something doesn't seem to work right, the appropriate troubleshooter will kick in and help you out alongside the application or device that is running. This self-help mechanism is long overdue but not lacking in substance. It seems a genuine effort on Microsoft's part to cut the number down of those ringing product support.

But whether I like it or not, I cannot start the day without a cup of tea, a slice of toast and a cigarette - in that order - and should that order fail, I get very, very grumpy. Sliced bread, even with all the aforementioned awesomeness that Windows 7 has, wins every time - hands down.

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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  • Money down the toilet...

    The sound of money flushing down a toilet, new icons and more hardware requirements.

    The future is appliance driven devices, not big 4G of memory machines with 1T of disk space.

    There is no need for this monster OS that an appliance driven unit can deliver...

    Linux appliances are the future not $300+ operating systems, plus anti-virus, plus anti-spyware, plus $$$ Office suite $$$, that is not needed.

    As devices get smaller and environmentalist punish people for using oil and breathing good luck.
    • I agree!

      Linux will eat windoze lunch.
      Linux Geek
      • In which century will that be?

        • Unix/Linux is the Silent Global Leader! :D

          If you Windows slaves only knew the truth. Linux, Unix, BSD, and yes Mac OS-X along with many 100's of OS's that use Unix style derivative OS's are everywhere. You people have no idea how many times you use a Linux cousin or relative.

          From running your car, Cell Phones, Game Consoles, GPS, Factory Robots, HDTV's, DVR's, Super Computers, HPC Clusters and of course the NSA's DOE Roadrunner. The most powerful computer in the World at 1.8 PFLOPS or 1,800,000,000,000,000 Floating Point Operations Per Second!

          Linux is everywhere and YOU don't even know it. Open Source Khronos Group's OpenGL Family of API's is how the greatest majority of hardware and Operating Systems communicate. Cell Phones alone far exceed Windows installs alone! :D ....desktops??? A drop in the proverbial bucket in the World of computing! ;)
          • "Silent Global Leader"... LOL

            I've run various Linuces, and while they do the job, none of them has reached critical mass to reach a sizable portion of PC users. That's what we're talking about with Win7, not what OS is in your phone, your car, or your thermostat. Netbooks run WinXP now, and desktops and notebooks are going to be running Win7 very soon. Get over it. The year of "desktop Linux" is still in the indefinite future, and all the penguinista fanboy chest-thumping doesn't change that. So, fanboys, continue to trumpet the technological superiority of your chosen distro (some of that bragging is accurate, for what it's worth), continue to see only what you want to see, and continue to be that irrelevant noisy little group over there in the corner.
          • Linux is great...for what it does.

            If it does everything you need then its all you need. If there are a few critical things it will not do for you then its useless.

            I have used Linux SUSE in the past and thought it was a pretty great OS. But in the end it didn't do everything I wanted and I, like multiple millions of others need Windows. And as good as I thought Linux SUSE was I didn't like it as much as I like Windows.

            Linux enthusiasts have to learn to accept the same thing far to many Apple users have yet learned to accept; that is, while Linux and OSX are just great for those who's needs it meets there are many whose needs they do not meet and those millions of people use Windows, and guess what...the majority find they like Windows just fine.
      • I really wish that something

        would eat some of the marketshare, it'd make
        MSFT really have to work hard to keep their
        customer base. But I've also learned that MSFT
        is in a position that I wouldn't want to be in
        as a developer of an OS.

        You have prepare for the 90%, a good amount of
        which really have no clue how to use a computer
        or keep it from breaking. Then you get blamed
        when they break shit.
        Michael Alan Goff
    • More hardware requirements? Try again!

      Windows 7 has *the same* hardware requirements Vista does; AND has been show to run pretty damn well on even less... You don't need 4 GBs and 1 TB of this and that to run Windows 7 (or Vista for that matter). It is far from a "monster OS"
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Ahh - you hit on a point there

        Over the released of Windows OS's, the hardware requirements have been increased with each release. This is the first OS release in their history (I believe) which has not increased their hardware requirements. Instead, they've equalled them with specs of two years ago. If you consider Moore's law, that's pretty damn good :)
      • Don't feed the Troll.

        "Christian" has been gone for a few weeks. He was probably attending an anti-technology seminar hosted by his cult.
        M.R. Kennedy
      • Hear Hear!

        Way to set the record straight, a monster OS would be one that sprouts a new version of itself for every day of the month and is nearly impossible for average users to use in part because (talk about last century) its based on a command line.
        • lol...

          lovely description of Linux!
          Mage Ronin
          • Tried Ubuntu 9.04 yet?

            . . . not from the sound of this post.

            Give it a tickle, you may be surprised.
          • I have tried

            But did not succeed. I have an old dell laptop with 700MB or something Ram a Celeron processor. This beast is about 10 years old. I can?t even install Ubuntu 9.04 on it. Fails EVERY time. Fedora 11 installed and worked great, Ubuntu 8.04 installed and worked great. Even Windows 7 installed and work just fine (minus graphics drivers). So I find it funny that you ask that question. What was the point of it again??

            I am really sick of every time we try and discuses any OS the others are always brought up with look at me I am soo much better. I even find it funny that someone on this post points out how Linux is so much better and cheaper and almost in the same breath include the Mac OS. Which yes is fully Unix qualified but is far from free.

            My point is out the claws away and don?t bash any OS, they all have their place and each OS does many things well and all deserve our respect. The truth is if we had no competition we would all be use a green screen from IBM and would not even know what a GUI was. (I know because I get to use and AS400 all day long without the GUI interface, looks just like dos :-)
            I would just like to thank all the programmers out there that make everyday computing better for all. Without your dedication we would truly be in the dark ages.
          • *claps*

            Everyone just needs to learn this phrase "your
            mileage may vary". Don't listen to these people on
            ZDnet who HOUND people about their OS choices.
            Just... ya know... do what works for you. I am a
            bit shocked that 9.04 didn't work, though.
            Michael Alan Goff
          • AS400...

            God I love those systems. OS/400 for the win. Stable, fast, quick, no viruses or malware, simple to use...

            I miss my days of being an AS400 system operator. Seriously. It's the most stable system I've ever used and makes the most sense when you're an admin of one.

            And why would you use a GUI!?!?! It slows it down!! Bask in the glory of it's simple display - even though it's not just green screen. It had a few colours (about 8 or something stupid!!!).

            If you want the most secure and safe system - use OS/400. :)

            (This is really not a joke post. I have a lot of love for this system as it's what I started out in IT working on!)
          • reply to average it guy

            This is a great system and it is very easy to use and administer. I had not slammed it for what it is but only to say that for desktop computers and there user that GUI had made computing available to the masses. If everything was still dos based and hard to find things less people would use them and the innovation would be in a stand still.
            You will also be happy to know that we now have 16 colors. But they also give you the option to add customs colors so you can get anything you want. The possibilities are endless.
          • reply to goff256

            I was also shocked that it had not loaded. I have not had much time lately working with Linux since I do have a full time job and am going to school not to mention my family time, I had only tried to install it once my laptop LCD broke and I had to send it in for the warranty repair.

            I think I will try to download the netbook remix and see if that version loads. It can?t hurt. I used to love fedora until Ubuntu 8.04 and since then I find I like the look and feel of Ubuntu better.

            You are right I used to like read these post but I find myself reading a few that bash the OS and I get to tired and just stop reading. If i want a discussion of what is better I would read the blogs about windows vs mac vs linux. Otherwise I do not need to read junk trashing a perfectly good OS.
        • The beacon of intelligence talks about a command line

          The funny thing is that I think he's serious, and
          that other people take him seriously. xD
          Michael Alan Goff
          • The thing is

            As much as he is going off on one I know you have to use the command line in linux more than windows.
            I had linpus light on my aspire and that required the command line to install anything, Ubuntu isnt nearly as bad but I have seen my friends do it on more than on occaion.
            Ok so its not a daily requirement but certainly with the distro my aspire came with not using the command line meant not installing anything.