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The 7 deadly sins of Windows 7

Minimise the dark sides of Microsoft's new OS

To help you when putting Microsoft's latest OS, Windows 7, through its paces, we've highlighted its 7 deadly sins. Partake in these activities at your peril.

Sloth: Windows 7's slob nature means a lot of unpleasant time spent as an IT caretaker

Windows 7 is a disorganised mess. Like its predecessors, it inherits a hodgepodge of configuration and management technologies that rarely work well together and that leave bits and pieces of their respective detritus scattered throughout the OS. It's like the unruly teenagers who can't be bothered to put the milk back in the fridge.

By far the worst offender is the Windows registry. This antiquated construct has been the source of more troubleshooting headaches than any other aspect of the Windows platform.

Orphaned keys, conflicting/out-of-date values, hive file fragmentation - these are just some of the issues that drive IT help desk staffers crazy. The situation is so bad that even Microsoft is abandoning the registry approach (though not in Windows 7).

Many of the company's newer projects use simple XML configuration files in lieu of the complexity of managing large numbers of registry key/value pairs.

Nobody wants to live with a slob, so your job is to do what you can to keep Windows 7's untidiness in check.

System clean-up tools, like the whimsically named Crap Cleaner, can help, as can strict policies about installing and uninstalling software (a big source of Windows gunk).

And when all else fails, don't be afraid to reach for the nuclear option: A clean install has a way of restoring that new-car smell to a Windows 7 system.

Surviving the 7 deadly sins

Don't lose hope! Lust and envy can be mitigated. Anger can be channeled, as can pride. Sloth and gluttony can be contained, while greed - well, that's just a fact of life.

The key is to keep your wits, to manage your resources carefully and to turn all that negative energy to your advantage. Do this and you, too, can survive the seven deadly sins of Windows 7.

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See also: How to optimise Windows 7

  1. Minimise the effect of the 7 Deadly Sins of Microsoft's new OS
  2. Greed and Anger
  3. Envy and Pride
  4. Sloth

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