It’s been a bit over a month since I installed Windows 7 and on the outside chance there is anyone reading this blog, I thought I would give an update on my impressions.

It’s Slow

Windows 7 is sluggish — at least on my machine (3.00 GHz Pentium with 1 GB RAM). My hardware is a couple of years old, I admit. Mostly I notice the sluggishness when I open a folder or the Control Panel and Windows takes 3-5 seconds to draw in the contents. Launching a program can take a while.

What I think this means is that Microsoft designed Windows 7 for a more powerful computer than I have. Here’s another reason not to upgrade: if you install Windows 7 on an existing computer, you may find that it runs like molasses. Better to wait until you want to buy a new computer anyway, and just get one with Windows 7 pre-installed.

It’s Much Better than Vista

Windows Vista is going to die a quick and well-deserved death. Without going into the details of what made Vista such an epic failure, let me say this: Windows versions are the opposite of Star Trek movies. Only the odd-numbered ones are good.

If you do happen to be in the market for a new PC, don’t buy one now. They’d spoil it by installing Vista. Wait 6 or 8 months and you can get Windows 7 instead.

More to Come

I’ll write more details about what is good and bad with Windows 7 over the next several days/weeks. In a nutshell, it seems pretty good, but needs a powerful, new machine to run well.