Windows 7 (Professional)
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Full user review
"SSD recommended for improved performance."
Backwardly compatible with most serious software.
Very similar interface to Windows 98 and XP
Not backwardly compatible with many games that use particular graphics functions.
Microsoft Security Essentials not included (needs to be downloaded).
I used to use Windows 7 (64-bit) with a 7200rpm hard drive and it was pretty good. However, with a solid state drive it flies, and starts up in a fraction of the time, and my mainboard is only SATA2, so theoretically it should be even better with SATA3
I always have a second standard mechanical hard drive to store all my documents and downloads, all set to go there automatically in the Options section of the various software, and do this so that the SSD doesn't fill up too quickly, as it is only a 128gb Samsung. Since installing it on the SSD I have not had any problems.
The fact that no anti-virus such as Security Essentials is included means that many not-so-savvy people are going to end up without any protection against viruses. And it's really stupid that this doesn't even appear in the optional downloads! You can only wonder at the idiocy of Microsoft management that fails to appreciate that the world is not full of geeks.