Windows 7 was great. So great, in fact, that it quickly overtook its predecessor, the venerable Windows XP, to become the most used desktop OS in just two years. It improved on the mistakes of Vista and brought back the stability and reliability of Windows XP – something desktop users recognised and embraced. Things were going great. There were no more Blue Screens of Death, it was more secure and it ran just about anything you threw at it. We take for granted some of its newly introduced features – to the extend that it’s impossible to remember a time when they didn’t exist. Things such as ‘AeroSnap’, which would maximise a window simply by dragging it to the top edge of the screen, ‘Jump Lists’, which allowed you to pin your most used files to the application itself, libraries for organising all of your media and universal search right from within the Start menu are features you don’t know you need until you’ve used them. It was almost too good to last.
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