Should you buy Windows 7?

HOUSTON A basic version of Windows 7 costs $130 and those that have used the advance version of the operating system like what they see, but you may want to wait before buying a copy.

Jay Maddox is going to buy Windows 7, since he promised his wife he would get her a laptop with the new Windows operating system.

"We had a lot of trouble with Windows Vista, and it seemed like everybody said the same thing that Windows 7 is supposed to correct some of the problems with Vista," said Maddox.

Windows 7 will be available to the public Thursday, but some people have already used the trial version.

"I like that it has built into the operating system something called sticky notes. On the sticky notes if you have a math test or something, you don't have to look at your planner, or your iTouch if you have that," said Dana-Marie Ellison of Best Buy.

Ellison says the system also has clipping tools that will make it easier for Power Point presentations, and it has the ability to easily stream video to your TV. Windows 7 is also more secure and less prone to crash.

Anyone who wants to update to Windows 7 can do so without a trip to the computer store.

"You don't have to bring it in to the store, you can do it online," said Ellison.

Alex Diaz of Top Tech has also tried Windows 7 and thinks it's a good product, but he says the average computer user who surfs the web and reads e-mail is not going to find the product revolutionary.

"You are not going to see much difference in your everyday tasks. It's going to look a lot nicer visually, but as far as functionality-wise you are not going to notice much of a difference right away," said Diaz.

He has some advice for anyone considering buying Windows 7.

"For the average computer user, I'd recommend waiting on Window 7 until some updates come out, until the first service pack gets released. That way you are sure everything you are using is going to work with it," said Diaz.

It typically takes a couple of months for the updates to be released, so waiting may make sense. If you are first in line to get Windows 7, here's another tip: back up all your files to a disc just in case they get erased.

As far as the name of Windows 7, Microsoft has called its products lots of different things, Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, and of course, Vista. Microsoft says this is the seventh version of their product, but some say there have been more than that, however, Microsoft is going with 7, and that's how they came up with the name.

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