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Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Time to Ask What Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Think About Windows® 7

Okay my CLNC® amigos, I’m going to try something never done before in the history of my Tuesday Tech Tips. No, it’s not going to be something anatomically impossible, instead I’m going to actively solicit the opinions of all my readers (hope you’re here today, Mom) on the Windows 7 operating system.

I want to hear from the following groups of CLNC® consultants, nurses and/or geeks:

  • People who upgraded to Windows 7 from XP on an existing machine.
  • People who upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista (tell me your Vista version) on an existing machine.
  • People who upgraded from 32-bit to 64-bit systems (you know who you are) at the same time as one of the above.
  • People who bought a new machine with Windows 7 preinstalled.

I want to know how the upgrades went and whether you think it was worth it. Tell me what you think about the new operating system and, whether or not, in your learned opinion, it is or isn’t a better version than XP or Vista. Be honest in expressing what you think, tell me how you’re using it and whether it’s making a difference in your legal nurse consulting business.

There are a few rules:

  1. No profanity.
  2. Comments must contain at least five words of more than four letters each and those words must be in the Oxford English Dictionary (abridged).
  3. Comments may not consist solely of symbols (like in the comic strips – #!*@# OSX).

  4. Anonymous comments will be allowed but, to keep the level of discourse civil, comments with names will be given preference in posting.

    As far as I know, Bill Gates isn’t reading my Tuesday Tech Tips (he should) so you shouldn’t have to worry about him hunting you down and wiping your system if you say something he wouldn’t want to hear.
  5. Mac users will be allowed to submit an opinion which will be fairly reviewed, then ignored prior to being deleted.
  6. You must have used your own copy of Windows 7. I don’t want to hear that the second cousin of a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant subcontractor you work with has a friend who’s dating someone whose roommate tried it in a kiosk at the mall.
  7. If you’re willing, you can also let me know what kind of computer you’re running it on (laptop or desktop) and any details (processor speed, RAM, etc.) you want to share.
  8. If in doubt about your response, see Rule #1 again.

Here’s your chance to help the rest of the legal nurse consulting community make their own upgrade decisions about Windows 7. If you have any great user tips you want to share, this is the time to do that too.

I personally know three CLNC® consultants who have Windows 7 so I’m expecting to hear from each of you.

Keep on techin’,


2 thoughts on “Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Time to Ask What Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Think About Windows® 7

  1. Tom,

    I have nothing but great things to say about my new computer with Windows 7 pre- installed! I had XP and held out without switching to Vista and I’m glad I did.

    I obtained your recommendations from the community page for office set-up and didn’t see Windows 7 listed but assumed it was all the same minus “Vista.” I purchased the Home Premium since I am not networking lots of computers and now have my old Toshiba as my back up.

    Stats: I have an Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q8400, 8 GB memory, 1 TB HDD, Media Manager, TV Tuner (which I wasn’t looking for), NVIDIA GeForce. GT220 1024 MB, DVD super multi-drive.

    I love it! It’s a very fast start up/shut down and super fast with my high speed internet and also great with word processing. I went from the old Word 2003 to Office Professional 2007. The tool bars are pretty convoluted and have lots of bells @ whistles but after using them a bit, I like the extra features and options. Especially the drop down which allows you to put the finished reports into different formats; like PDF or back to ’03 for attorneys that are still using it. The cover page options that auto populate are also wonderful!

    I’m working in 2 screens so the drag and snap feature of Windows 7 isn’t that valuable to me. I have to study the tutorials on how to organize my files- right now I have things out on the desktop; I had to just dive in and start with it to meet my deadlines.

    All in all, I have to give it a big thumbs up, but since I never had to endure the “Vista experience,” my opinion may not be that valuable. I still have lots to learn to use it fully but I can navigate around and get my reports done.

    I really enjoy your tech tips and know-how so keep up the great work-Tom.


  2. Tom,

    We purchased a new desktop (Dell) for my son this year that was pre-loaded with Windows 7. While I don’t have my CLNC® files on it, I have used it (while he was at school!) to see what it can do. So far, I really like it.

    I use a Windows XP system, and my husband has Vista. While I can find nothing I really enjoy about the Vista experience, I do see a few things carried over to Windows 7 – like the way the taskbar and start menu function.

    Start up and shut down are quick and painless with 7 and basic usage is intuitive. There are many things I haven’t delved into yet (since the kids are at school only so long each day…) but Word is definitely better. It takes a bit of practice to get used to the new toolbars, but all of the old functionality is still there, along with new tricks and gadgets. You can save your work (word, excel) into older versions of Windows so your clients can read what you have done yet you have the opportunity to work in the newer environment.

    One of my favorite enhancements – the post-it notes that can sit on the desktop are quite a useful feature as I keep lists everywhere.

    Overall, I give it 2 thumbs up (so far) and would recommend the change…just not in the middle of a big case. You want time to play.

    Thanks for your tips Tom, I look forward to reading them each week!

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