A tale of operating systems – Windows 7 Ultimate

So my computer got a little fucked up recently (by virut… again… maybe something I have on a disc has it and I’ve just been reinfecting myself) and then I further fucked it up and somehow that handy recovery partition was also victimized by the fuckage and on top of that I have no idea what happened to the XP disc that presumably came with my PC.

No biggie.

I had already gotten all of my stuff that I wanted to hold onto (minus executable which I figure are best to just assume to be compromised) to a secondary hard drive and a couple discs. Plus I had been wanting to try out Windows 7 anyways so it was a nice excuse to do so.

So I grabbed a download of Windows 7 Ultimate by completely legal means (because sure that’s totally believable) and gave it an install. I thought the installer was really rather nice. I’m kinda neutral about the OS itself though. Some things are nice well other changes make me totally rage. I really prefer the original start menu for example. Plus whats the deal with the white text on the super bright task bar? Even if you where going to make that the default why the frack wouldn’t it be customizable in the control panel display options? Do you seriously have to be running some third party crap just to change that? Everything about 7 it seems overly bright and blurry (ClearType = less clear) and illegible and unintuitive. Its technically more visually impressive (look the windows have transparencies and they make things behind them all blurry!) but aesthetically and functionally I think its kinda ugly. Its not really that bad and the changes probably wouldn’t seem seem so jarring if I had been using Vista before it. I am actually rather impressed by how well it performed. I was somewhat expecting it to be unusable but even with junk like Aero turned on it functioned fine on my PC and it wasn’t even behaving much more sluggish then XP did. Still there isn’t really any new functionality in it that I actually need so there wasn’t much reason for me to need to adjust to the changes or put up with it making my computer run ever so slightly slower then it did with XP. So I decided against sticking with 7. On to the next OS.