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A few more weeks after Windows 7

I made an earlier post about my first day with Windows 7. Now I thought I’d give my update.

Sadly there hasn’t been any moment where I have been using Windows 7 and something has happened and I’ve thought to myself “Oh, that’s nice.” Not a thing.

The first thing I would like to mention is how you have to run commands from the start menu slower. I’m used to hitting the Windows button typing out a command and hitting enter. Most of the time the Start menu will not have finished searching, but that’s fine because in Vista it will execute the command once it’s finished searching. But in Windows 7 if the search hasn’t caught up to my typing it’ll open an explorer window that’s searching my documents. Ech! that’s not what I want! The official resolution to my issue…. Type slower. Ewww! Ewww! Ewww!

The next item that sticks out is the tree view in Explorer. In Vista as you open up directories the tree view will follow your descent down the directory structure. In Windows 7 it’s an option to do that, but it’s not on by default. So on my desktop computer I have explorer configured to do that, but my of time is spent on lab computers where that’s not configured. That’ll catch me off guard about twice a day.

The next item is an issue that I haven’t experienced personally, but my co workers have issues with. When resuming from sleep or hibernate, once in a while the computer becomes non responsive after a few seconds. What happens is my co worker will resume his computer, log in, maybe start to look at something and all of a sudden Service Host (svchost) and explorer will start taking up all of the CPU and page faulting itself to death. This will go on for two minutes, and then the computer will become usable again. I remember with XP the desktop would load up in an alright amount of time, but it will take what felt like forever before it would become responsive, and there never was a clear indication as to when that would be. People complain about Vista’s boot time, I’ve never had an issue, but I’ve always had a responsive desktop once it showed. It’s not the most responsive at first, but it’s better than XP.

The last item is one that drives me insane. Once in a while the window in focus will lose focus for no reason that I can see. As long as I click on the window nothing happens, it doesn’t regain focus. I have to click away and then click back. When this has happened I’ve hit alt+tab to see where it is in the focus order and the window I had in focus is always second. I don’t know what that means, but it’s very interesting.

So it looks like that Windows 7 is giving everyone a better first impression. Apparently that’s what drives the market. I now have about eight issues where I think “why can’t that be like Vista” and I have yet to use Windows 7 and think to myself “I sure wish Vista had this” (okay, maybe the device menu, but I saw Vista that had demos where that worked).

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  1. Jared
    October 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

    It looks like others have seen that Windows 7 boots up fast, but still takes forever to become usable. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10370369-56.html

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