In my humble experience all versions of Windows run faster when newly installed. Things return to normal after a few weeks once the cache has got clogged up. I shall wait a while before upgrading.
Yes quite agree - it always does run faster on a new install.
For all the fuss they had trying to make W7 comply with EU directives, it is the most Microsoft centric version of windows so far.
Media Player and IE being shoved in my face in more than in previous versions (both subject of EU investigations) and the ability to switch back to classic view seems to have disappeared.
So now i'm stuck with having to make sense of the newer menu system - which i never liked in the first place.
They've clearly tried to implement some of the better Apple ideas to varying success, and i've not had any hardware or software issues so far.
That said, the laptop is less than 6 months old so i think it was already configured for W7 to a degree, and most of my software is pretty much standard stuff - no freebies or work round software.
I have also set about uninstalling as much as possible. Even without the Manufacturer muck - Windows installs enough tat of its own and off loading any unnecessary stuff will always help it run better.
No different from the days of DOS when you had to configure your base memory to get as close to 640k as possible - now it's unloading as much unnecessary software and options as possible.
Oh yes, a good thing - better report them as i find them cos i'm not expecting to find too many.
The wireless internet set up is vastly improved over previous versions. On install it prompted me with all the wireless set ups and offered to configure it all with the aid of a required password or similar.
A huge improvement over Vista or even XP/ 2000.
Ah well, i'm destressing now, cos i'm writing this from my Mac!