Friday, November 6, 2009

Win7 on its Way

Yes, I bought a laptop with Windows 7 pre-installed and it arrives tomorrow! Unfortunately, the hi-speed Internet is still about 10 business days away, but I'll probably need that time to download everything from the old hard drives, get familiar with the system, and all that.

It's exciting and I'm going to write along as I check it out. Honestly, I haven't heard much about it. I don't know if that's good or bad, but I assume it's okay - after all, if it was a real dud, I feel confident we'd all have heard about it by now!

While there are many features I'm interested in checking-out, the main thing to which I'm looking forward is Windows 7's supposed backward-compatibility. From what I've heard (or read), Win7 is supposed to be backward-compatible all the way to Win95! Yes, Win95! And I just so happen to have a couple Win95 computers (along with the two Win98 boxes, the Vista box, a couple old Macs, and a Tandy running Win3.11). I keep these things around for various reasons, but the foremost being the fact that I often find need for older programs which do not run on newer OS. I've gone through this before. Another good reason is hardware - I have at least one scanner and one printer which do not work on anything above Win95, yet they do still work. And both have come in handy on more than one occasion. Still, I'm mainly just interested in finding out if it really is backward-compatible; I can do without it, it's just neat.

Either which way it goes, I'm sure I'll be posting more about Win7 tomorrow.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

1 comment:

ManoDogs said...

Check this out - perfectly illustrative of my luck - the damned laptop doesn't even have a modem card! I still haven't gotten broadband hooked-up because we'd be on an extended network (we're that far out) and it costs basically twice what it would anywhere else - and it's DSL, so I'm positive it would not only be slow for the price, but not 100% how well it would work in the first place...

So, I can't get online with the new laptop I purchased specifically because I can't get online with the Vista machine I just purchased a year ago!!!