Windows 7 RTM – A Personal Review

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By: Shmuli Goldberg

I’ve been testing windows 7 tirelessly since exam freedom last week. Everything from stability tests and benchmarking to trying to make it blue-screen. It’s been fun, but in retrospect a social life may have been better. As some of you have asked for it, here is my own humble opinion: It’s good! Really good!

Several new features such as one-click networking, virtualized XP-mode, libraries and integrated virtual hard disks are so genius yet simple that you’ll wonder why we’ve never seen them before. Networking is a breeze, even with more complicated tasks such as user-restricted file sharing and LAN-based backups that would have taken many frustrating hours to configure on Vista.

It is surprisingly stable, even at this early stage, and has handled the transition to full 64 bit and multi-stream processing remarkably well. Surprisingly, it actually out-performs windows XP on identical mid-range hardware, and requires very little in terms of disk space, processing power or RAM. It’s arguably better than it’s previous reincarnations, probably making it the best Windows yet, and one that finally deserves to replace the near century old XP as the home and office user’s choice.

Windows 7 Beta Default Desktop

On a broader scale however, in the 8 years that Microsoft’s been resting on it’s laurels (read: scratching it’s balls) Apple and Linux have been raping their sales, and thus their market share. Windows 7 does not have the ease of use or media capabilities of Mac OS X, as much as it may want you to think it does, and is nowhere near as secure or customizable as Linux. So while it may stem the tide of deserters, it won’t be regaining lost ground any time soon.

Final Verdict? It’s definitely the best Windows to date, but all that means is that it’s the best buggy, registry-dependant, Windows NT based operating system yet. So how much is that really saying?

One more thing: don’t touch windows security essentials! I know where it’s been, and you don’t want to!


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Hillel Fuld is a global speaker, entrepreneur, journalist, vlogger, and leading startup advisor. He brings over a decade of marketing experience with leading Israeli and Silicon Valley startups, and currently collaborates with many global brands in an official marketing capacity including Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Huawei, and others.      Hillel covers the dynamic local tech scene for many leading publications including Entrepreneur magazine, Inc, TechCrunch, Mashable, The Next Web, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Venturebeat, and others. Additionally, Hillel mentors startups across Israel in different accelerators including The Google Launchpad, the Microsoft Ventures accelerator, Techstars, The Junction, and more.    Hillel has been named Israel’s top marketer, 7th top tech blogger worldwide, has been featured on CNBC, Inc, and was dubbed by Forbes as “The Man Transforming Startup Nation into Scale-up Nation”.       Hillel has hundreds of thousands of followers across the social web and can be found on Twitter at @Hilzfuld. You can learn more about him on his website:


8 thoughts on “Windows 7 RTM – A Personal Review

  1. “It is surprisingly stable, even at this early stage”

    I thought you were reviewing the RTM? That’s the final build. Of course there will be updates, but it’s not really an “early” release I’d say.

  2. erm… but pras…
    vista was a piece of junk until sp1…even xp was a lil bit wanky until sp1… I’d say that 7 is much further a long for RTM

  3. @jimbob

    You mad?!? Apple sales have gone up like crazy the last few years. They’ve moved from 8% of the PC market in 2000 to nearly 23% today. what exactly would you call that then?!?

    raped sounds pretty accurate to me!

  4. The font rendering is keeping me from using it. I just can’t stand font hinting, and the anti-aliased text looks blurry to me, regardless of my monitor or CTT settings.

    If Win 7 could just look more like XP (ie: classic start menu, no ribbon, aliased fonts), I could get used to it. But at present, I just can’t.

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