I'd tried the beta's and found the switch to win 7 to be pretty easy. Having had some experience with Vista, the jump to win 7 was uneventful.
- Speed: I find it considerably faster than Vista and it feels a touch faster than XP machines.
- Stability. I always found XP to be exteremely stable, but I have yet to lockup a win7 machine.
- Screen drivers. I run 4 monitors in portrait mode and switch config down to 1 remote screen twice a day. XP requires special drivers for the 4 monitors in portrait mode. XP's handling of this setup is pretty slow. Win7 is pretty fast at it.
- Windows Shortcuts. The first thing I do with a new keyboard is to rip the capslock key off and the windows key. However, win7 has some very nice shortcuts on the windows key these days.
- The screen adjustment utility is poor. It takes me 7 seconds to switch config on XP. Under Win7, the same move takes about a minute and is mis-click error prone.
- Security and networking. It s a constant fight to keep machines on our office network connecting to various NAS's and network boxes in a mixed OS environment. Win7 is always asking for network passwords and denying shared access to machines. We finally just setup remote access to the machines to get around the restrictions.
- Task bar and start menu. Hate it. Absolutly can't stand what they did to the start menu and task bar - useless. (insert 5 page rant here). I have made most of the tweaks to get the task bar and start menu back to XP like behavior.
- Search indexing. Most of this *!&@ can't be turned off. However, the indexer doesn't bring the machine to a grinding halt the way the various versions of MS system indexers do for XP.
- Printer Drivers - Vista worked with 2 of 8 printers at our office. Win7 is working with 3 of 6. So we have to keep XP machines around for now.
- Other drivers. Most hardware (other than disk drives) that doesn't come with a Win7 driver is not going to work. I went through 4 web cams yesterday and not a one will work with Win7.
- Thank goodness for "godmode
[webmasterworld.com]" so that we can get a functional control panel back.
Other than those few things, Win7 has been enjoyable so far. The over all stability and speed are the real/only reasons I see to upgrade.