Originally Posted by mrarroyo
I do not how but I am runnig Windows 7 on my home computer. How do I get back to the "regular" Windows? Thanks.
If you didn't know that in advance, you probably shouldn't have installed Win7. You'll need to find the install discs for your previous version of Windows and reinstall that version, formatting the drive as you do.
As for my impressions:
Plain and simple, I love it. A lot of that is in the subtle things that just work.
Example: Our Campus Wi-Fi appears as unsecured, but once you sign in you have to go to a browser and enter your username/password in the form to log in. In previous OSes, they would connect to the network but everything would fail until you logged in. Win7 found the network, connected to it, and gave me a prompt for "additional login information may be required; click here to open your browser".
I found startup/shutdown times to be improved over Vista by maybe 10-15%. Hibernation is still slower on my laptop than I'd prefer, but that's probably mostly due to a slow hard drive.
I'm torn on the Internet Explorer 8 build. It has a LOT of nice features - for instance, each of your tabs appears as a separate selectable window in the thumbnails off the taskbar, and the quicksearch menu does pictures when searching things like Google or eBay. But it seems decidedly unstable, and I still wish it had a plugin API so that a decent ad blocker could be written for it. I'm no big fan of Firefox 3 (I find it to be slow, unstable, and crap), but I can't switch to another browser without support for both mouse gestures and ad blocking (insert Opera plug here; I'll try it eventually).
The new Window Management features (being able to move the windows to the edges to take up half the screen, up to maximize, etc.) are quite nice. They may not be huge timesavers, but they just make things feel better.
The UI in general feels a lot more polished. Many effects that were static before (highlighting of preview windows, start button state transitions, etc.) are animated now, and while power users may argue that that's no more functional, there's something to be said for elegance as well.
The underlying changes are excellent - some more polish has gone into the new Network layer, and a variety of important kernel changes such as finally getting rid of the scheduler spinlock. Some of the new user functionality like HomeGroup look promising, but I haven't tried them.
And then of course there's the most visible change - the new taskbar. The unification of quicklaunch and the application tray gives a single place to access an application instead of confusing the user by having apps spread across a pile of places. Aggressive grouping of windows saves space. And the peek functionality when hovering over a thumbnail or the show desktop function is more useful than I'd have ever imagined. Past that, there's a lot of subtle tweaks - like how the tray near the clock now extends upward instead of left, instead of taking up horizontal space.
On the whole, I find 7 to just feel more polished and intuitive, and I'm a big fan.