Open IT Forum: What’s your impression of Windows 7?

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Our organization is rolling it out gradually, not full steam across the board. As we replace PCs, the new ones all have Windows 7.

Initial impressions? Excellent thus far! It’s has been easy for the staff members to adapt to, so we haven’t had to have major roll out training sessions like we do for certain upgrades. Most of the applications work just fine, so people can keep moving without much of a hiccup.

I’m one of those people. Of course, I don’t expect myself to have trouble, but having a couple of machines that I work on regularly run XP, 2 that use Vista and now 1 using Windows 7 I absolutely love Windows 7 the “bestest”.

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  • KFaganJr
    After all the chaos Vista offered I didn't think they day could come that I would be eager to replace my last remaining XP machines. The combination of Windows 7 and Server 2008 has really made a difference on how resources work together including printer deployment with GPO, remoteapp, remote desktop spanning multiple monitors, more appropriate local permissions. I'm really happy with how seven handles devices and drivers as well. There are limited times when I need to, even on a fresh build, get drivers from manufacturers after running Windows Update. I prefer getting the latest driver from the manufacturer but it's nice to have the choice to take the time or not. 64bit driver signature enforcement can be a pain but overall a good experience. Certainly anyone who adopted Vista company wide has much better things to talk about including the UAC, but I was lucky to have not been in that position.
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  • Rakei
    Windows 7 appear to be simply carried over from its predecessor. But it doesn't take long to notice the differences. Windows 7 installs more quickly than does Vista,. It features major UI innovations in its new taskbar, Jump Lists, and virtualized Libraries. It provides the native ability to interact with the entire system using multi-touch and gesture functionality, the first desktop OS to do so. However, their are still clitches with what window 7 offers, our clients have trouble with Installing Windows updates on Windows 7 Laptops for some reason... I am glad that window 7 have replaced Vista...
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  • slack400
    We're skipping Vista completely. So far we've migrated approximately 75 user's from XP to Win 7 Pro and it's gone fairly well. (Consists of a pilot program, IT Staff, & 1 entire site being migrated in the past 6 months) Biggest hurdle remains compatibility issues with existing production applications. So far we've minimized the list to a handful apps & web apps that run fine under the XP_Mode offering from Microsoft. That should buy us enough time to fix app issues and retire old desktop hardware with newer equipment running Win 7. I also recommend going for the 64-bit move now rather than waiting till the Win 8 release. Oddly enough the 64-bit move didn't cause much additional pain for our operation. Yes, the UAC controls did interfere with existing login scripts and has pressed the need to upgrade to Active Directory 2008 with better GPO and GPP control.
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  • Lynnmoon
    Our organization is rolling it out gradually, not full steam across the board. As we replace PCs, the new ones all have Windows 7. Initial impressions? Excellent thus far! It's has been easy for the staff members to adapt to, so we haven't had to have major roll out training sessions like we do for certain upgrades. Most of the applications work just fine, so people can keep moving without much of a hiccup. I'm one of those people. Of course, I don't expect myself to have trouble, but having a couple of machines that I work on regularly run XP, 2 that use Vista and now 1 using Windows 7 I absolutely love Windows 7 the "bestest".
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  • Stevesz
    In our Office we will move over to Windows 7 as machines change to newer models. We feel no real rush to make the transition to Windows 7. For our customers, we are following the same scenario. We will test applications that may be problems under Windows 7 and advise to upgrade where appropriate. If need be, we will explain the XP virtual machine and that the application may work in such a case, but, in order to do that the machine should have a better processor and more RAM than it otherwise would normally have. Our market segment is extraordinarily price sensitive, but all too often want to save the buck they see going out the door rather than the many they don't see in lost productivity, etc. I like Windows 7 and run it on my laptop, as most of our guys do. We all have our nits to pick over it, but in general it is a much better OS than XP
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  • Sixball
    We moved to newer PC with Win7 home premium - which cant be added to a domain - and shortly upgraded to win7 Pro x64. So far, the OS is stable, resouce usage is minimal, and all of our applications run seemlessly. We've had to find a few drivers that windows didn't already have in its arsenal, but other than that it has been relatively painless - even the Easy Transfer service is intuitive and easy to use and worked really well for our needs...
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  • Guardian
    Windows 7 has been a major success for my users. Though with our Organizations Accounts Dept have been hard hit. Most packages in use within that dept still face glitches, though the "Problems" are main from the vendor side (thankfully), As with most vendors that supply customized apps, many tried to catch up with the winVISTA era, and so had to ensure that they were not left behind in the win7 era. Our 6 branches are all on win7 Pro with a few laptops on winXP Pro. With w2k8 Srv R2 we have no problems across the domain... But as highlighted above, all new computers are coming with win7 so non of the users are complaining besides the "where do you find this"
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  • MelanieYarbrough
    [...] water, are pretty satisfied with the outcome. We polled some IT Knowledge Exchange members, and got some glowing reviews. Stevesz and LynnMoon’s companies are rolling the OS out gradually: as new PCs get replaced, [...]
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