I’m sure glad I skipped Vista on my own PCs. Even though that OS has been improved since it first launched, nearly everyone I knew who had bought a PC or laptop with Vista complained over its performance. What didn’t help was that PC Manufacturers really skimped on the RAM, especially in 2007 when many Vista computers were sold with just 512MB of RAM. No wonder users were complaining of 5+ minute boot times, especially with the amount of software “extras” PC manufacturers bundle pre-loaded on to their machines.
So far I haven’t seen what Windows 7 is like prebundled with a computer littered with all the manufacturer’s bundled software, but with my own clean installations on various hardware, it performs about as well as XP on the same PCs as long as it’s given 2GB+ of RAM. It really does well when installed on an SSD. With my OCZ Agility 60GB and Core i5 based system, it takes just 20 seconds to boot to the welcome screen with the browser (Firefox or IE8) appearing within a second of launching it as soon as the desktop appears.
The interface took a little while to get use to, although I’m sure it will take longer for those who have little or no experience with Vista. I actually do like the new taskbar icons, especially since I’m a heavy multitasker.
@paulw2 - Here’s a few workarounds you can try:
Unfortunately, pinning a drive/folder is a little more awkward, with some rather tedious methods (some with editing code ) posted around on various websites, but here’s how I do it:
[li]Create a new shortcut on the desktop or in a folder to the drive/folder.[/li][li]Go into the properties of this shortcut.[/li][li]Change the icon to something that describes this drive/folder (I’ll explain in a minute).[/li][li]In the “Target:” field, type in "Explorer " (with space) before the path, e.g.: explorer W:[/li][li]Click ‘OK’ and drag this shortcut to the taskbar to pin it. :)[/li][/ol]
When choosing an icon, I would suggest picking something that describes the content rather than a generic folder or drive icon. E.g. A camera icon for pictures. Otherwise it’ll be difficult to tell one from another. In the following example, it’s not clear what drive or folder these two pinned shortcuts point to, where as the camera icon clearly means photos:
I didn’t notice the copy & paste icons missing until now, likely since I’m so use to the Ctrl + X (Cut), Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (Paste) shortcuts.
For the parent folder, you just click the parent folder name. In this example, I would click “Scanner” to move up to this parent folder, “Photographs” to move up two parent folder levels, etc.: