Microsoft's latest operating system made its debut last week, and so far, it looks to be the company's best operating system yet.
By the time you read this, you've either:
- Already bought and installed it.
- You bought it and it's still sitting there in the box or on the download CD.
- You don't have it yet.
This column is for those of you who fall into the latter two.
When a new computer product is released, especially one as complex as an operating system, it's going to have bugs that need fixing.
It is the nature of software to always have problems and the only thing that will eventually address and fix many of them is time.
Software developers such as Microsoft and Apple strive to make their final operating system releases as solid and as reliable as humanly possible and therein lies the rub.
We're all human and it is our nature to be imperfect. Computer scientists will tell you that technically there is no such thing as a perfect computer program.
But if we waited for perfection, nothing would ever get released. So they do their best and release a golden master knowing full well that there will be numerous updates and patches throughout the life span of that operating system.
All the companies that make software and hardware for that operating system try to make sure their products are fully compatible. But unforeseen conflicts can arise between theirs and other manufacturer's products. There are just too many combinations to consider.
So where does that leave you when it comes to making that important new system installation decision?
The answer is to let things mellow for a while.
Don't be the first to rush out and install something brand new, especially something as complex as a new operating system.
As the first few weeks pass by, you're going to hear about the conflicts, the horror stories about lost data and more importantly, how it occurred.
So how long should you wait?
With something as major as a new operating system, give it at least a month. After all, there's nothing so new in Windows 7 that you just can't live without for a few short weeks.
However if you must get it, be sure you make a full backup of your computer's hard drive or at the very least make a backup of all your data.