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Windows 7 Was Too Late for This Guy

December 1, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under software

Windows 7 Was Too Late for This Guy

Apparently, some people won’t accept Windows 7 as Microsoft’s apology for Vista. Derived directly from “Apologize”, the “rock” one-hit wonder of (fittingly) One Republic made popular by Timbaland, I give you: “Too Late, Windows 7″f course a Mac had to figure somewhere; it’s the new love of the disillusioned former user, who considers Windows 7’s arrival a little too late. Hit the video comments on YouTube for opinions following the classic Windows vs. Mac themes:

“Idiot. Macs are more expensive for the same hardware”
“Haha, PCs aren’t as reliable or secure as Macs”
“Oh yes I totally agree! OS 1 is definitely better …read more

Quick Story Wittily Mocks Windows 7

November 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Tricks

Quick Story Wittily Mocks Windows 7

Seems Microsoft will never mollify its critics. Or at least the author of “The Hidden Shadow”. The brief 600-word narrative details a reporter getting skittish over government surveillance, and decides to encrypt his “major investigative piece” with TrueCrypt.
After deleting and repeatedly overwriting his unencrypted copies, the reporter finds himself served with a search warrant, and agents stream into the reporter’s home. One of the government lackeys uses Windows 7’s ability to save previous versions of folders to render the precaution useless:
He located the Documents folder, opened its Properties window, and clicked on the “Previous Versions” tab. Just as he …read more

The Complete Windows 7 Pre-Order Price List

October 3, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under software

The Complete Windows 7 Pre-Order Price List

If you’re like me, you’ve probably enjoyed trying out beta versions of Windows 7. So to help indulge your love for the operating system Vista should’ve been, here’s a nifty price list featuring all Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate flavors—currently available for pre-order. Bonus feature: purchase links that let you indulge your urge to own Windows 7 as soon as possible.

Version
32-bit
64-bit
Upgrade

Retail
OEM
Retail
OEM

Home Premium
$199.99
$99.99
$199.99
$99.99
$119.99

Professional
$299.99
$134.99
$299.99
$134.99
$199.99

Ultimate
$319.99
$174.99
$319.99
$174.99
$219.99

Be aware that the significantly cheaper OEM versions carry some caveats.

Prices for Windows 7 OEM Versions

September 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under software

Prices for Windows 7 OEM Versions

If the “normal” retail prices for Windows 7 sounds a bit steep for you, you may want to consider the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) versions of the operating system scheduled for an October 22 release. The summary of Tom’s Hardware thus states:

Newegg is selling Home Premium for $100, while the retail price is $200. Those looking for the Professional version can get an even greater break as the OEM is $135, compared to $300 for the retail.
Still not good enough? Then you can hand over $175 for the Ultimate SKU, which would cost $320 in stores.
What’s the difference between OEM …read more

The Best Windows 7 Shortcuts

September 18, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Laptops, Tricks

The Best Windows 7 Shortcuts

Reddit features a comprehensive Windows XP, Vista, and 7 shortcut list, including some of the most useful ones. Here are my personal favorites (works only on Vista or Windows 7):

Middle click an app on dock – Open a new app instance
Middle click a thumbnail from dock – Close app instance/tab
Alt – bring up old-style file menus where they’ve been removed
Winkey + P – multi-display config quick-switch (press twice to switch)
Winkey + X – bring up laptop settings control panel
Winkey + T – dock keyboard mode (use arrow keys)
Winkey + (shift +) tab – Flip 3D task switcher
Winkey + left, …read more

Free Windows 7 Upgrades for OEM PCs

July 2, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Deals

Free Windows 7 Upgrades for OEM PCs

Basically, if you’ve bought a PC that came with certain versions of Vista installed, from June 26, 2009 to January 10, 2010, you get an upgrade to Windows 7 for free! According to the Microsoft Press Release:

“There is a lot of excitement for Windows 7 in the marketplace today. However, many consumers need a new Windows PC for school, work or home before October 22,” said Brad Brooks, corporate vice president, Windows consumer marketing at Microsoft. “So starting June 26th, any customer who buys a PC from a participating computer maker or retailer with Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or …read more

Official Windows 7 Prices

June 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Announcements

Official Windows 7 Prices

Announced today, the official pricing of Windows 7 is as follows:
Retail

Home Premium $199.99
Professional $299.99
Ultimate $319.99

Upgrade Packages

Home Premium $119.99
Professional $199.99
Ultimate $219.99

In other words, $120, $200, and $220 respectively. Before you get excited about the lower prices (when compared to Vista), remember that only 1% actually buy retail OS copies. The rest download bootleg copies from torrent sites get the OS when they buy a new computer.
Still, it’s great seeing Microsoft slashing their flagship product prices a bit. Maybe we’ll see less people call the company “M$” on online forums.
Some bad news for Windows XP users though: Windows 7 will insist on …read more

What Makes Windows 7 Faster

May 6, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Laptops

What Makes Windows 7 Faster

My first impression of Windows 7? Feels a lot faster, even than my old XP installation (thanks to the negative press/opinions Vista suffered from, I stayed away). Then again, you can argue that everything’s more responsive because new Windows installs usually are.
But the tech-heads from Anandtech have the proof. With Windows 7, Microsoft overhauled how its OS renders multiple windows and interfaces. Seems the guys at Redmond have finally figured out how to transfer that load more to a PC’s graphics card, while minimizing the burden on the CPU and system memory.

Running Windows 7 and Vista or XP

May 3, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Laptops

Running Windows 7 and Vista or XP

Got nothing to do this lazy Sunday? Why not give Windows 7 a try, and turn your PC into a dual-boot machine?
Maybe you decided to give Windows 7 a pass when it first came out, not wanting to replace Vista or XP on your PC. But once Windows 7 release candidate 1 (RC1) becomes officially available to the public this May 5, you might want to take advantage of turning your computer into a dual-boot machine. You get to try out Windows 7 for yourself, without giving up the Windows you use for your daily—and crucial—business.

Windows 7 Runs on UMPC With 600Mhz CPU and 512MB of RAM

February 1, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Geekery, Handhelds

Windows 7 Runs on UMPC With 600Mhz CPU and 512MB of RAM

The title says it all folks. The people over at SlashGear report an Amtek U560 UMPC subjected to Windows 7. This particular U560 ran on a 600Mhz Intel A100 processor, working with only half-a-gig of memory. Yet there were no reports of epic failure, only surprise at W7 granting the U560 an experience index of 1.2 (As a point of comparison, SlashGear reports that “many UMPCs manage a score of 1″). So how does W7 look on the small screen?

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