This question has been bouncing around my mind for ages, and I finally thought it was time to say it. I think that Windows 7 is too user friendly, the look of it makes me seem that Microsoft dumbed it down for the end user. I use both Windows Vista and Windows 7, and I think they're both great, but Windows Vista's look and feel seems right for me. Plus Vista can do all of the things 7 can do since they are both supported by major hardware/software. What do you think?
Answer by Razor512 · Nov 22, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Windows is one of the most user friendly OS but it still requires basic reading skills and a willingness to read.
If you know someone who has ever done tech support for a large company, you will see that most issues are due to people not interested in reading, or expecting that when any little message box or anything else comes up that a giant button that knows exactly what they want and fills the screen so that it is all there is to click on.
Unless a computer is made that can work simply by reading your mind, an OS will never become user friendly enough for most people.
Answer by JordanV · Nov 22, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Basically by your philosophy you are saying that Vista is better than 7? LOL WUT!?!?!? o.O
Had to get the troll out of me really quickly. Anyways, you can customize Windows 7 to look like Vista if you so please. Like Chris said, 7 is a service pack for Vista, and a good one!!!
Answer by sfrancis928 · Nov 22, 2011 at 05:50 PM
I'm not sure there's such a thing as "too user-friendly", but maybe something can be user-friendly in the wrong ways. I don't use Windows 7 much but when I do I get the feeling that they took the old Windows and tried really hard to throw in some new user-friendly features. I don't get that feeling as much with Mac OS X Lion. The features added in Lion are ones that really changed and improved my workflow (e.g. Mission Control, fullscreen apps, more touch gestures, etc.). I just feel like Windows 7 is kind of the same old Windows with some convenient UI add-ons. They're nice, but they don't really change the way I operate in most cases. I do love the window snapping feature though. I use BetterTouchTool on my Mac that enables that feature.
But that's just my 2 cents, I could be wrong. Again, I don't use Windows 7 on a daily basis.
Answer by HerpDerp · Nov 22, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Well in today's society, apparently dumbing things down without saying "You click this to do this." is what people want, so I don't think they made it too user friendly. Honestly, they could do even more for that.
Answer by xedric14 · Nov 23, 2011 at 02:32 PM
yes it is. and for one good reason: Marketing a.k.a more consumers and to target those consumers who never knew technical know-hows with computers. would that technique earn them money? - Billions of 'em.
Answer by AlanStryder · May 18, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I'm not sure I really understand why you would think that Win7 is "too dumbed down" if it does everything you want it to?
Isn't that the point of Microsoft products? To make things super-simple so the "average user" doesn't get confused?
Answer by IamTechCrazy · May 19, 2012 at 01:43 AM
No it's not. I work with people on a daily basis that still don't know how to maximize a screen! I agree with you on customizing so maybe that's where the other versions of 7 come in, Pro, Ultimate?
Since Windows is a consumer OS maybe your needs will be best met by an OS designed by the community for the community. Ubuntu :)
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