I bought a notebook and it has Windows 7 preinstalled. Should I spend two hours replacing it with Ubuntu Linux or clean up Windows 7?
This notebook is replacing an Ubuntu notebook. I cannot use Winmerge and some other programs on Ubuntu and I can use every program from the Ubuntu computer on Windows. Keeping Windows 7 is a tempting option. Surely fix up Windows 7 cannot be much more difficult than fixing Windows XP.
I am making one attempt at cleaning up Windows 7. After four hours of use, I am still deleting virus style software from Windows 7.
Something is a virus when it installs itself unwanted by anyone, locks itself into the operating system, consumes system resources, and the worst viruses send secret information back to an unknown server. Every operating system has vendor supplied viruses. Microsoft is the worst followed by Apple then some commercial versions of Linux. Apple customers immediately download 60
apps of which 20 to 30 qualify as viruses, something the iPhone and iPad users realize when they get the $1000.00 bill for data transmission.
Internet Explorer has long qualified as a virus. Windows 7 gives you the option to
switch off Internet Explorer but not to delete it. All the off button does is to stop Internet Explorer opening the files you select. The code is still there and in use by Microsoft.
Symantec pay Microsoft to install Norton viruses in Windows. There are three installed at start up. Two deleted without problem and may not be vicious. The third one refused to delete without a network connection. That is a virus. It refused to go away until it reported back to headquarters and sent unknown information without any option to view or limit the information.
Symantec now have information about my computer. I should have wiped Windows without looking at it.
Deleted too much
I switched off some useless menu animation effects because I did not want every action slowed down by a stupid attempt at entertainment. Now the fonts are rubbish. Microsoft should split their Windows 7 effects list into two. The first would be short and labelled Things to make the screen readable. The second list would be labelled stinky brown stuff to clog up everything and stop you doing anything useful before you die.
Cannot delete games
There is no option to delete the games stuffed into Windows 7 by Microsoft or to delete the links to the people paying Microsoft to sell games. Microsoft are double dipping, both charging you for the operating system and ripping money off you on the sale of extra products. Microsoft are now as evil as Apple.
Cannot delete much
There is a long list of stuff that refuses to go away. In Windows NT, you could delete everything you were not using. In Windows XP you could delete everything except the Internet Explorer virus. In Windows 7, you cannot delete much. There is a long list of things in the switch off list but none delete.
The score so far
Windows 7 wins 3, pre installed, runs Winmerge, runs other stuff.
Windows 7 loses 20, too many to list and i add one or two more every time I try to fix something that Windows 7 will not let me fix.
By comparison, Windows XP would be 3 wins and only 5 loses. Unfortunately XP is no longer available preinstalled, which jumps XP loses from 3 to 4, and new devices do not have drivers for XP, jumping the XP loses up to 5.
+3 and -5 is still a good score against many distributions of Linux. The difference is Linux will improve with more hardware drivers while XP will fall behind. Windows 7 is unlikely to ever improve because the main faults are deliberately inflicted by Microsoft in their ongoing war against OSX. While XP and Linux distributions give you the choice between thinking for yourself and letting someone else think for you, Microsoft and Apple want to perform lobotomies on you and make you pay a premium for the pain.
The rise of Android
A number of Apple device users report the devices are
bird droppings, although they are not so polite, and they are looking forward to their next device, which will be
anything but Apple. Windows 8 will be an option. If Windows 7 is an example, Windows 8 will be more brain dead than Windows 7 and we will be back to the choice between Android and Linux with many hand held devices not supporting Linux. Fortunately you can buy notebooks that work with Linux.
Can delete Windows 7
I can delete Windows 7. I do not need Windows 7 to run the computer. Linux works equally well. I might lose a few minutes each day because Linux does not have an equivalent to Winmerge and some other programs I use occasionally but Linux is not going to cost me what Windows 7 has already cost or have the ongoing headaches.