Less than three years ago, Microsoft came out with Windows Vista. It has been hit with a lot of criticism and frustration. Computer experts say the new Windows 7 addresses Vista's problems in a faster and more user-friendly operating system. "Windows 7 is probably the best operating system Microsoft has put out since Windows '98. It's fast, it's robust, it gives you all of the newest features, and latest of technology, without having a slow CPU, slow hard drive, slow internet," says Manny “Papageek” Lloyd of Geeks in a Flash. Lloyd says if you're using Windows XP or Vista and you can afford to do so, switch over to Windows 7. He says Windows 7 uses a lot less memory than Vista, which helps keep your computer from getting bogged down. One of the features Papageek likes best is the user interface. You can see a miniature version of all the windows you have open on the bottom of the screen, without having to click on anything. The biggest change visually is the taskbar, where you can hide programs you would normally keep on your desktop. While Windows 7 is a more secure system, it doesn't mean your computer is immune to viruses. You will still need to be protect your PC with anti-virus software and run regular updates. Papageek says Windows 7 offers two networks which can actually be more confusing than helpful to the average consumer. Despite it's disadvantages, Papageek says Windows 7 is a winner. “Windows 7 is Vista done the right way." Some applications that were a part of previous versions of Microsoft, like Windows Movie Maker, photo gallery, and Windows mail will not be included in Windows 7. They will instead be offered as a separate free download, called the Essentials Pack. Windows 7 costs $200 and will be on shelves Thursday.
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