Re: windows 7
I upgraded an old 2003 model computer from XP to Windows 7 a few days after it came out, and I must say that it was the easiest operating system installation I have ever done. I had to wipe the hard drive clean and do a clean install of Windows. There is no direct upgrade path from XP to 7. I had to upgrade the RAM in that machine to 1GB, but it's running like a charm. I'm very excited to have, what amounts to, a new machine.
I have a friend at Microsoft in Redmond and he said exactly what flyer said, that it is what Vista was supposed to be.
The biggest change I see is the Taskbar. The "Show Desktop" button has been removed in favor of a small rectangle on the far right end of the Taskbar, and instead of showing individual buttons for each, say, Excel file you have open, it shows just one Excel icon and then all your open worksheets are a pop-up list within that. It takes a bit of getting used to.
Overall, I think MS has done a good job, but time will tell, I suppose.
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