Scott Carr 2016-10-02 12:00:00
There have been a lot of blogs and articles full of praise for Windows 7 since the beta version first launched, but not everything is sunshine and roses with that version of Microsoft’s OS. Here are some reasons you might not want to upgrade to Windows 7.
(1) There’s no upgrade install to Windows 7 from XP.
A large number of people will want to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 and although it’s better to do a clean install, some would prefer the easier method of an upgrade install. You can do it from Vista to Windows 7, and it preserves your file and folder structure and programs. If you have XP and want to upgrade, sure, you can use a migration tool, but it’s not the same as an upgrade wizard.
(2) Most of the desktop gadgets aren’t ideal.
Gadgets are more accessible now that they aren’t hidden in the Sidebar by default, but they still kind of suck. They certainly are nowhere as good as the ones in Yahoo’s Konfabulator or OS X’s Dashboard system.
(3) You can’t pin what you want to Taskbar.
You should be able to pin anything you want to Taskbar. Two notable things you can’t pin are devices like USB drives and the Recycle Bin. The system isn’t consistent regarding what it allows you to pin; for example, you can pin Device Stage products that are certified, but other peripherals aren’t allowed.
(4) Windows Media Player sucks.
Microsoft may have added the ability to support different codecs, but the player is still really hard to figure out how to actually use. The interface is bloated, cluttered, and terribly unwieldy. It’s unintuitive and practically useless. They should just start over and build a new one.
(5) Control Panel is a mass of confusion.
The All view sucks, the Simple layout sucks even more, and even with all the “improvements” they’ve made, Control Panel doesn’t really allow you to get everything done from one spot. Control Panel should be the spot where you go to tinker, among other things, and you can’t do that.
(6) Hibernation and Sleep don’t work properly.
Hibernation and Sleep modes have caused problems for a while now, and Windows 7 is no exception. Sometimes your computer will come out of hibernation or sleep, and sometimes it won’t. Sometimes it acts groggy when it comes out, sometimes it’s like it mainlined some coffee. Please fix this.
(7) It takes too many clicks to eject a device.
It should not take two venues and multiple clicks to eject a device. It should take, at the most, two clicks to eject a card reader. Of course, this is if you click where it says “Safely Remove Hardware.” If, instead, you pop up the list of your attached devices it will only take two clicks. The fact that you need to figure out this trick makes the UI really unintuitive.
(8) There’s no thumbnail view out-of-the-box.
If you have a list of images you want to browse all at once without actually launching an app? Too bad, because there’s no thumbnail view unless you change your older settings to never display icons. On top of that, Microsoft has also removed your option to not cache thumbnails, so you are left with all the thumbnail files you’ve opened to browse scattered all over your hard disk.
(9) Copying is slower than molasses.
There’s no way to quickly and simply copy directories and files using the Explorer. First it shows you the popup dialogue box that tells you the size of files and time remaining, if it doesn’t hang and actually fail. If the copy function actually works, it takes forever. It’s faster to copy wirelessly.
For these above reasons, you may be interested in upgrading to Windows 10. Despite some of its flaws, Windows 7 is a widely acclaimed operating system that many users still use today. Whether you use Windows 7 or Windows 10, the most important factor is to ensure you feel comfortable with this operating system.