An Opinion on Windows 7

The choice of a computer (either desktop or a laptop) these days is somewhat confusing and subject to personal choice on the purpose of the computer.  Before you read any further it is important to note that I was once a Windows user but became a Mac convert many years later.  I have been a Mac user ever since.

So, when we decided we needed another laptop, a secondary unit, we were focused purely on price with a small amount of focus on the computer operationally.

Therefore, with a little searching on the internet and then a stop off in a few stores, I reluctantly realised that to meet my price objective I was “stuck” in the world of Windows and non-Apple brand laptops.  The reality is though, you never should get stuck on a brand, it is not worth the extra money and you can miss out on so many other great things (I recently posted a comment on the Kindle and if I “stuck” to Apple I would have missed out on a great product).

In the end I purchased an emachines E525, with 2GB RAM, 15.6″ display, 160GB Hard Drive, super Multi DL drive and a multi-in-1 card reader.  The manufacturer of this unit is Acer.  I have not had a single issue with this unit and I would recommend it to anyone.

Installed on the laptop was Windows 7.  I wasn’t particularly wanting a laptop with Windows 7, it was just an added bonus.  Here is the kicker, Windows 7 is very good.  So here are my key observations on Windows 7:

  • The laptop came installed with Windows 7 and when I first switched it on the installation (establishment) process was simple, easy and extremely quick;
  • For the perennial Windows user the desktop and the toolbar all look the same, so it is very familiar;
  • Similar to Mac OS X the tool bar allows you to show applications and it is clear when an application is open or closed, and extremely easy to open a specific window and get a preview of what is one the application screen (if you have multiple open);
  • Applications install easily and the whole interface feels more connected rather than a series of separated processes.  It is clear there has been inspiration found from the Mac OS in this release;
  • The incorporation of gadgets as standard and appearing on the desktop – well all I can say is about time;
  • The responsiveness is fantastic (hard to tell how much is the PC specs though) and it just feels easily and better to use; and
  • Finally, I have only seen the blue-screen of death once.

Well, I guess note everything has been improved but at least it is much better.


Scott North has extensive experience in enterprise risk management, internal audit, operational risk and compliance, risk strategy, scenario planning, technology risk, technology business analysis, systems design, financial accounting, and management accounting. Scott is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants with a Masters Degree from the University of Melbourne in Business and Information Technology. Scott is also a Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

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