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10/22/2009 4:43:28 PM
Windows 7 Tutorials
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Windows 7 was released today. I just ordered my copy.

I've been reading up on it for the past few months (books, technical reviews, etc.) and it looks promising.

So far, a bunch of you have indicated you want to see a Windows 7 tutorial, so I've added TWO items to the Waiting Lists for Windows 7.

The first is an "Upgrading to Windows 7" seminar which is for all of you who want to see the changes from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7. You can vote for that here:

  - Upgrading to Windows 7 Seminar

I am also planning a whole series of tutorials on Windows 7. I didn't really cover much in my Windows Vista series (only two basic lessons) because there really wasn't a lot of interest in it. The media (and Apple) did a pretty good job of painting Vista as a black sheep, even though I personally haven't had any problems with it [knock on wood] outside of programming issues (because of it's tighter security). However, if you want to vote for the Windows 7 Series, click here:

  - Windows 7 Basic Series

Note that the two aren't mutually exclusive. Feel free to vote for BOTH. I'll build whichever one has more votes first.

Now back to the Excel seminar I'm working on...

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Windows 7 Tutorials Comment from Lynn Dorris @ 3/25/2013
I love your tutorials

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Windows 7 Tutorials Comment from Ramon Salvo @ 9/17/2011
I have a new Gateway machine w/ Windows 7 Home Premium. I like the Library concept or virtual files and folders.  Eagerly awaiting 599CD Tutorials.
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W7 Comment from garimpo @ 9/26/2010
my computer was eight years old and I was running XP Pro...I had the computer upgraded to 4gb ram...64 bit and Windows 7 Ultimate installed by a professional...runs much faster...loads several programs at once..many features I haven't even used it...
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win 7 Comment from Ruth Bennett @ 1/22/2010
I too was using Vista and regret change to Win7. Getting my email is still a problem.
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upgrade Comment from Donald Davison @ 12/29/2009
I just upgraded from windows xp to windows 7. You must back up all your programs, which I did and I found it not to be to difficult. If you can get somebody to help you that knows about the computers,I would get them. I was lucky to find such an individual. I am glad that I upgraded to wondows 7. It is really nice.
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Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Ultimate Upgrade Comment from Richard Rost @ 10/30/2009
Yeah, I still haven't figured out how to get around that "unapproved startup programs" problem for my UpdateNotify program. It's supposed to load up when your PC starts and then check my web site to see if there are new updates once a day. Vista and W7 won't let it start up automatically.
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Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Ultimate Upgrade Comment from George Diemicke @ 10/28/2009
I just upgraded from Vista Ultimate 64 bit  to Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit using the direct upgrade option. I was tempted to do a clean install even though an in place upgrade was available, but I figured "what the heck" I'd give the direct upgrade a try.

It took about 2 hours and with the exception of a couple of minor glitches everything went smoothly.

Win 7 does indeed boot faster than Vista and had a much more stable and "user friendly" feel. There are a couple of nice touches, like the ability to "pin" favorite programs to the task bar and the ability to control the UAC security feature much, much more easily than in Vista.

I've only had two minor program problems. The first is the the 599CD updater program triggers the UAC every time I boot, but I simply tell it to allow the program to make changes to my system and that's that. I do wish I could tell it to "remember" my choice, but perhaps MS will fix that in the future. The other problem I had was with  iTunes and my iPod Touch. I never had problems syncing in Vista, but since the  upgrade syncing is very flaky. Sometimes it works and sometimes it freezes or doesn't work at all. I have posted bug reports to both MS and Apple. I just hope they manage to solve this little problem or come up with a workaround  soon.

My rec recommendation is simple: Unless you have a compelling reason to upgrade right away or just can't wait: Delay upgrading until the first service pack appears.

Not one who normally joins the chorus, this time, however, I too will advise: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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Vista upgrade to Windows 7 Comment from Richard Rost @ 10/26/2009
I have the same opinion about upgrading from Vista to W7 as I did about upgrading from XP to Vista... "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Sure, I would love to sell everyone new training lessons teaching Windows 7, but the truth is there really isn't anything ABSOLUTELY COMPELLING you to upgrade. There aren't any new ground-shaking features that W7 has that you HAVE to get.

If you're currently running XP or Vista and your machine is running good, and you're happy with it, GREAT. Don't change a thing.

However, if you buy a NEW computer, I would recommend moving up to Windows 7. It has a lot of nice minor enhancements and upgrades to the user interface (again, not earth-shaking, but pleasant) and from what I've read is more stable than Vista - although I have not had ANY stability problems with Vista (knock on wood) outside of the crazy programming problems I had when Vista first came out (and that's because Microsoft super-locked-down the OS security).

Got Vista right now? It's working OK? Happy with it? Don't bother upgrading.

Got older hardware (more than 2 or 3 years old) don't bother upgrading.

Bought a computer recently and you qualified for a free upgrade to Windows 7 (like the recent laptop I bought) then sure, it's up to you... upgrade if you'd like.

Getting a NEW computer? Definitely get W7 on it.

There you go. Rick's quick W7 Upgrade Guide. :)
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Vista upgrade to Windows 7 Comment from Ed Farmwald @ 10/26/2009
I have heard that the differences in the two are small. Is it worth upgrading to Windows 7?  If so what are the advantages.
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Upgrading to Windows 7 Comment from Richard Rost @ 10/26/2009
Thanks for sharing, Frank. Again, personally, I would never upgrade an older computer from XP to W7 (or even from XP to Vista for that matter). Vista and W7 are great for NEW PCs, but if you have older hardware, forget about it.
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Upgrading to Windows 7 Comment from Frank Parker @ 10/25/2009
As a salesman at a computer retail store, I had to take a number of Windows 7 training classes.  There is no direct upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7. You have to do back up all your data then do a clean install of Windows 7. You can upgrade from Windows Vista without a clean install as long as you upgrade to the same type; Vista Home Premium to Win 7 Home Premium, Vista Business to Win 7 Professional and Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Ultimate.  You also have to upgrade from 32-bit to 32-bit or 64-bit to 64-bit.

Here is a link about Win XP to Win 7:

Microsoft has the "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor" that will tell you if your PC is compatible with Win 7. Get it here:
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Windows 7 Comment from Richard Rost @ 10/24/2009
Caecilia, I would not upgrade an old machine running XP to Windows Vista or Windows 7. I would only put Vista or W7 on a NEW computer. If your old machine is running XP, I would leave XP on it.
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Windows 7 Comment from Caecilia Davies @ 10/23/2009
I have heard that upgrading from XP is very difficult. Is this true?
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