Windows 7, indubitably, is reliable and resilient. Bravo, Microsoft.
The Windows 7 RELIABILITY HISTORY, that I discovered on November 9, 2009, continues to be one of my favorite features. Last thing at night, around 12:20 am, as I am unwinding, getting ready to go to bed, I check the HISTORY … after I fire up System Mechanic 9.5.x and check the vitals.
It is not like I do not use the system. In reality, over those 5 weeks, this system was used EVERY DAY, with active key-stroking for at least 12 hours a day. Yes, working is my hobby. But to be honest, I don’t really stress the system much and I do much the same day in and day out. Yes, right now I have 12 open tabs across two instances of FireFox … with one instance on each monitor in my dual monitor rig. I fire up and use Word every day. Usually two instances. One on each monitor. Sometimes Excel. Had two instances of Excel going earlier today. I do watch some videos online. But no games and very little music.
There is no question that Windows 7 is stable and solid.
Most of my early problems were from System Mechanic, as I have chronicled. But, as with System Mechanic 9.5.1, on December 3, things got better. System Mechanic 9.5.2 is getting there. Not perfect yet, but we are probably within two releases of ‘near perfect.’ 9.5.2 has got fragmentation ‘right.’ It also doesn’t report spurious disk problems.
Bit bummed with FireFox. On the whole 3.5.x, with Windows 7, has been a VAST improvement on how FF behaved on XP. I get very few instances of ‘Not Responding’ and it shuts down cleanly. So last night’s ‘Not Responding’ was an unwelcome blast from the past.
Yes, I intentionally gave it a test. As ever, I had two instances, one on each monitor — each with about 6 tabs. I always have a Fidelity.com tab open, on my main monitor, all day. Some of the time I am logged on — with Fidelity’s cookie checker doing a lot of work. Last night I wanted two instances of Fidelity.com, both with me logged on. That is when it crashed.
Having two logged on Fidelity.com sessions/tabs is OK. I do it quite often. The fidelity mainframes can handle the multi-access. This was a cookie problem. When I restarted FF, both instances came up, with all the tabs, albeit with Fidelity logged off. I logged on two tabs. Fine this time around. Used two active sessions for 1/2 hour. No problem.
So … I am now HOPING for FF 3.5.7.
Hope this helps. All the best.