Date Joined: 07/12/05
Pros: It installed without difficulty from the USB drive and has been stable with my hardware. For a new build I chose the full version rather than the OEM version so I could reuse it if the new MOBO failed (it doesn't happen often but it can). Hardware: Intel I5-9400F, Asus Z390-P, Samsung M.2 SSD, and 16Gb G. Skill DDR4 RAM.
Cons: What's annoying are the frequent random updates. it would be nice to be able to schedule them.
What's UGLY is that the installation forces you to create a Microsoft account, which then forces you to type your full email address to log on to your computer. Fortunately you can switch to a local login with a PIN, but creating an account is an unnecessary imposition by Microsoft. I seriously doubt that I will buy anything direct from Microsoft or use their cloud storage.
Overall Review: I would recommend this software as there aren't many PC alternatives. I read later that I could have avoided the account creation by not leaving the computer attached to the internet, so unless you favor more Big Brother controlling you I'd suggest that means of installation.
Pros: It's reasonably priced, installed easily, runs quietly, doesn't require its own power connection, and is an improvement over my old video card. I'm not a serious gamer so I can't comment on how well it displays the latest games.
Cons: The driver wouldn't install from the CD. When I went to the Sapphire site it referred me to a subscription driver updating site. This was disappointing. I shouldn't have to pay for a driver for new hardware. I found the correct driver (for free) on the AMD site. Minus 1 egg for online driver support.
Overall Review: I would buy this card again. It was a great value at the $49.99 Newegg sale price.
Pros: It's much faster than my hard drive, uses less power, and was an easy install (see "other").
Cons: I haven't encountered any problems, at least not yet.
I'd like to see the price come down a little.
Overall Review: I installed this SSD in my DIY desktop computer that is built on an ASUS MOBO. I didn't need an external cable to transfer my Windows 7 system from the HD to this new, smaller capacity SSD. I just plugged it into a free SATA port on the MOBO and the transfer went smoothly using the included software.
I would recommend this SSD.
Pros: It's faster than my old Asus P5Q.
Cons: It's incompatible with my ATI HD4600 series video card. The normal display works (obviously I'm typing this) but I can't view videos, either from DVDs or the internet. I've tried every BIOS setting. When I plugged my DVI cable into the onboard video port I get no video display at all.
Overall Review: I've used Asus boards since the original Pentium CPU, and they've always worked.
Pros: It works flawlesly at 800.
Cons: It will not run at 1066. When I set it to 1066, it may run for a while but Windows eventually crashes and I have to reset it to the default 800.
Overall Review: I'm running 6GB on an Asus P5Q Mobo with a Core 2 duo processor; nothing fancy, just functional.
Pros: It's impressive for a lower end card. Scores 6.7 on Win 7 graphics rating. It's quiet and doesn't require a separate power connection. I've had no problems with it.
Cons: The only con that I see is that it does occupy two slots because of it's large fan.
Overall Review: If I was a high end gamer I'd want a more powerful card (or two) but for general use this fills the bill nicely.
Pros: It installed cleanly and recognized my hardware. It's faster to load and shut down than XP, and seems to be stable. Most of my 32-bit programs run ok in x86 mode. 64-bit is definitely the way of the future.
Cons: 1. It won't run older versions of some commercial software (not games) that ran on XP. I considered the Pro version, but thought "legacy" software referred to custom written business applications, not mainstream products.
2. It's bloatware. An OS should not be this resource hungry. Features like libraries are a waste. I've been negotiating directory structures for years and had no difficulty understanding "My Documents".
Overall Review: 1. There needs to be better identification of what will or will not run on Windows 7 "Home". We shouldn't have to buy new versions of our programs just to take advantage of an improved OS.
2. The PC world needs to get over "Mac envy" and find it's own direction. One reason I switched to Windows 7 is that I'm afraid the next Windows version will be further "dumbed down".