Windows 7 Review & Giveaway

I told you a couple of weeks ago that I received a new laptop computer courtesy of Windows 7 and Staples.   Windows 7 is the latest operating system from Microsoft.   My old computer ran Windows Vista on it.   There is definitely a slight learning curve as I am still learning all that Windows 7 can do but I thought I would highlight three features.

My absolute favorite feature is the snipping tool.


This allow you to “cut” out any picture online and save it as a file. This is especially helpful for bloggers who feature other people and need to use pictures to showcase other people’s ideas.

I also love the Windows shortcut key.   If you press this once your start menu will automatically open.


Or you can press the windows logo and type in a few letters of what you were looking for on your computer and it pops up with the most recent and most used for that term.

Or hit the Windows key and the tab key and up pops all your open Windows.

Or press the Windows key and D and up pops your desktop.

Lastly since I am not a computer genius and tend to find myself in crazy computer predicaments Windows 7 allows you to connect with someone remotely through a special invitation.   So therefore, I can ask my computer nerd genius cousin to help me remotely when I need to.bb56b8b7-a44a-402b-b36f-3dcc8929d252

Staples and Windows 7 would like to offer one Infarrantly Creative reader a $50 gift Staples gift card.

You have a few chances to enter.

1.   Tell me what operating system you currently run (one comment = one entry)

2.   Tell me what brand of computer you have (one comment = one entry)

This post sponsored by Staples & Windows 7:




  1. I currently run Windows XP (and would love to win!)

  2. I have a Dell laptop (and would still love to win!)

  3. I just got a new computer in December, so I have Windows 7, but I didn’t know about the snipping tool I’m going to have to look into that!

  4. I have an acer computer, actually my last 2 computers (desktop and laptop) have been acers

  5. Thanks for this! I didn’t even know there was such a tool!

  6. Windows XP

  7. I got a new laptop at the beginning of the year and it came w/ Windows 7. I love it WAAAAAY more than Vista. I love the snipping tool too, and love Windows Live Photo Gallery and Live Writer for my blog posts!

  8. Bought a Toshiba and it’s been great!

  9. I currently am using Windows 7 but am more accustomed to Vista as that is what is on my main computer. I have both windows 7 and Vista though.

  10. I had to buy a Sony on Jan 1 when my old Dell crashed and I LOVE it!

  11. The computer/netbook that I am currently using is an Eee PC but I also use an Acer, as that is my main computer/laptop. My desktop computer is Compaq and get this that one uses windows 98, CRAZY.

  12. Thank you so much for those tips!! I have Windows 7, just got it for Christmas. Love it!!

  13. Beverly Blair says

    Hi, I have Windows 7 Operating system too…it came on my new laptop last year and I so love it and love my laptop! Thanks for posting and a chance to win! Have a great St. Patty’s Day

  14. I have an HP computer.

  15. Windows 7!

  16. JenniferR says

    I use Windows 2007.

  17. HP Pavilion dv7

  18. JenniferR says

    I have an HP that is about 6 years old that I need to upgrade so badly.

  19. Beverly Blair says

    My new laptop is a Dell i5 17 and I actually bought it from Staples (how neat is that?) . . . LOVE IT! Thanks for posting your great idea about Windows 7 and the chance to enter you blog giveway! Have a great St Patty’s Day : )

  20. I am currently running MS Windows XP.
    I have the Windows key and have only used it to open up teh start menu – I never knew it did those other things – VERY COOL!

  21. I also have a Dell laptop – love it!

  22. I have a Mac and love it.

  23. I run Mac OS X 10.5.8. I do use a Windows program at work, though.

  24. Windows 7!!

  25. I have a Dell computer!

  26. We operate with Vista.

  27. We have a Dell computer

  28. SewLindaAnn says

    I have a Medion computer. I purchased the pieces independent of each other. It’s several years old, but works great.

  29. SewLindaAnn says

    I run Windows XP and the free office stuff, which again works. I would like to be able to purchase the updated office package..which is where the $50. comes in.

  30. Windows XP

  31. Dell (:

  32. Thanks for the giveaway Beckie!
    I have a Gateway laptop

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  33. I use windows vista…would love to upgrade!

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  34. Cindy Lou says

    I have a Dell, and it’s great!

  35. Cindy Lou says

    I have Windows 7, and although I haven’t checked out all the new features, so far it’s been easy to learn.

  36. Currently have Windows XP but our new computer is on the way with Windows 7. Yeah!

  37. We have a Dell.

  38. Hubby just bought me a new Acer laptop!

  39. The new laptop has Windows 7 and i love it 🙂

  40. Windows Vista. Thanks for this opportunity.

  41. I have an HP with windows Vista Premiere. We have the snip already on Vista, but my sons laptop Vista version doesn’t. I love that tool!

  42. I have an HP. Thanks for the opportunity.

  43. cottageheaven says

    Windows Xp is the operating system I currently have. Would love to upgrade to Windows 7 – just need moolah!

  44. cottageheaven says

    I own a Sony Vaio. I’d like to upgrade this too – need moolah!

  45. Beth in CT says

    I am running on Windows 7. I didn’t know about the snipping tool. Still have lots to learn.

  46. Beth in CT says

    I have a Dell laptop, bought as a gift by DH. He wanted me to have a built in web cam so I could Skype with the DD while she was studying overseas. I’m lovin it!

  47. Paulina J! says

    We just got a new Dell laptop. Our old Toshiba tablet called it quits.

  48. Paulina J! says

    The new laptop came with Windows 7. Hooray! Never used Vista so can’t compare the two.

  49. I am still running on Vista! Boo!!

  50. windows xp

  51. dell laptop

  52. I have a Toshiba computer and it has a few quirks are annoying but nothing major.

  53. I use Windows 7 and love it! 🙂

  54. My Toshiba has Vista and I like it. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  55. I have a hot pink Dell Studio. hehe 🙂

  56. Sallie E. says

    Currently running VISTA. Like it okay. Computer is slow though.

  57. Sallie E. says

    Currently have a Lenovo (which I think is connected to IBM?)

  58. My laptop is an HP.

  59. My laptop runs Windows XP, I think. It does what I need it to do.

  60. I am on a dinosaur since my laptop died…it has Windows XP


  61. My computer is SO old, I don’t think it has a brand…a friend pieced it together for us…

    My laptop was an HP


  62. I have a 6 year old Dell Laptop that is still working, but we are shopping for a new one.

  63. We use Windows Me, I think?

  64. I just got mine at the end of last year. Acer!

  65. Windows 7 of course! Haven’t tried the snip it tool yet.

  66. I have windows 7 on all home and work computers we have a home made desktop, a asus laptop, two macs (yes they are running windows 7), hp and dells. Yes we are computer nerds both me and my husband.
    For those of you who need to edit images before posting but don’t want to invest in Adobe Photoshop, there is a great software call that is free (

  67. I have had Windows 7 for about a year now and still don’t know how to use it.

  68. Also bought a new gateway computer last year with way too much memory, but with all the blog posts and tutorials that are in my to make file, I just might use the terabyte of memory.

  69. Recently got a new laptop- it uses Windows 7, much better than Vista!

  70. I have an Acer. (My computer geek son recommended it based on what I wanted to spend and what I use it for.)

  71. Windows 7 and thanks for the education. I am going to find that snip function right now. Of course my husband wouldn’t realize the potential of such a feature!

  72. Custom built – husband’s hobby, though we have definitely bought a few over the past couple of years – our requirement is that they have an Intel chip!

  73. Delia Chavez says

    Windows Vista

  74. Delia Chavez says


  75. Lupe Gutierrez says

    Windows Vista

  76. Lupe Gutierrez says

    Hewlet Packard

  77. windows 7

  78. I use the new Windows 7 version and I am please as punch with it.

  79. I am still running Windows XP. :o)

  80. I have a HP desktop.

  81. Okay the computer brands I use and that we have in the house.

    My current Desktop is HP.
    My broken laptop is HP but my replacement will be Asus. (when it gets here)
    The hubby’s desktop is HP.
    His new laptop is MSI.
    The bedroom computer is a Toshiba Satellite laptop.
    My daughter’s desktop is my old Dell from 7 years ago.

  82. I currently run Vista but my husband has Windows 7 and it is so much nicer 🙂

  83. I have a Dell Inspiron which I really like.

  84. I use Mac OS

  85. I have a Macbook Pro. Would have never gotten it myself but my husband insisted and it is sooo great!

  86. I had to get a new laptop this year as well. Mine came with Windows 7 and I love it!!!

  87. My laptop is an HP Pavilion dm4 🙂

  88. Donna Bowes says

    We have Vista. Thanks for the giveaway!

  89. Donna Bowes says

    I use a Toshiba laptop.

  90. I use windows vista!

  91. I have a HP computer!

  92. Mac OSX

  93. Macbook Pro

  94. Larissa Richardson says

    Ugh! I’m running Vista and I really hate it. We have wanted to switch to Windows 7 for a while now. After reading your post, I want to switch even more…

  95. Larissa Richardson says

    And we use a DELL and really like it.

  96. I’m currently using Vista.

  97. I have a Dell Inspiron laptop… one that I have to try to repair almost every single week lol.

  98. vista!

  99. i have a compaq!

  100. So that’s what that button does! LOL Thanks for the tip.

  101. katrina Garcia says

    We are currently using Windows 7!

  102. katrina Garcia says

    We have a “Hernandez” brand desktop computer 🙂 , my husband built it! We also have a HP Mini Net book!

  103. I have Windows Vista right now, and I like the design of it, but hate all the bugs and incompatibility issues. I’ve heard Windows 7 is much better. I wish I had it!

  104. I have a Dell laptop and I love it!

  105. I have an HP computer that runs Windows 7, so much better than Vista. Additionally the house has a Gateway that runs XP, and 3 Lenovo laptops that run XP on 2 of them and 7 on the other one.

  106. SnowLeopard

  107. I’ve got a MacBookPro…sorry Microsoft. But I could still use the Staples gc! 🙂

  108. Hi! I have Windows XP home edition for my OS.

  109. And my PC is an HP!

  110. I’m running Windows 7 and didn’t know I could do any of that stuff. Whoops.

  111. My laptop is an HP. 🙂

  112. We have Windows Vista.

  113. Our PC is a HP.

  114. vista….it’s better than XP.

  115. Dell.

  116. Miranda Clark says

    bought a hp laptop to replace my old toshiba. our desktop my husband built.

  117. Miranda Clark says

    my laptop is running windows 7. my desktop is running both vista and windows 7

  118. I am still running windows XP on both of my old machines (my laptop is about 8 years old!)

  119. As well, both of them are Dell computers. I used to have a tablet HP but it had an overheating problem and I had to get rid of it – and I went back to my trusty 8 year old dell!

  120. I have an HP laptop and I love it!

  121. I have Windows Vista and I like it, but I have heard great things about Windows 7 and would love to try it!

  122. Sarah clark says

    We are using Windows 7. Love the multiple windows feature and it’s superior stability.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a great giveaway. Sarah

  123. Sarah clark says

    We have an HP. ‘Cmon second opportunity to win!
    Smiles, Sarah

  124. Lori Jeffers says

    Desktop is a Dell running Vista. My laptop is a Toshiba running Windows 7. I really need to upgrade my desktop to 7!! It is so much better!!!!!

  125. Jill Eskew says

    I have a HP that I bought on Black Friday of ’09. I was thrilled because it came with Windows 7

  126. Jill Eskew says

    Even though I’ve had my computer for 1.5 years, I had no idea about the snipping tool! Can’t wait to try it out! Definitely like Windows 7 more than Vista!

  127. I use Windows 7. It’s amazing!

  128. I have an HP mini. It’s a netbook. I love it because it’s very portable.

  129. I currently use Vista operating system

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  130. I have a dell desktop computer

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  131. I use Windows 7.

  132. I have a Dell desktop PC.

  133. I am currently running Vista and have the upgrade for the windows 7, but have yet to install it on my computer. I have to back up a lot of things and just haven’t had the time to do it yet.

  134. I have an HP desktop which is fairly new and a Toshiba Laptop which is old, but still runs when I need it to run.

  135. I have mac0s10

  136. Macbook Pro

  137. I have windows xp.

  138. I have a dell desktop.

  139. Jordan S. says

    Dell Latitude E6400

  140. Jordan S. says

    Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!

  141. Windows 7

  142. Windows 7 ~ LOVE it too… Thanks for sharing the snipping tool… never knew!

  143. Acer Aspire

  144. I’m using Vista

  145. i run windows XP!


    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

  146. i have a little netbook!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

  147. I currently run Windows Vista.

  148. My current computer is an HP.

  149. Windows XP.

  150. I have a Dell.

  151. My laptop runs windows vista.
    And did you know that the Windows button already had all these shortcut keys, since -I don’t know- Windows 97/98 or even before? And also, that pressing the Alt key and tab key shows all your open programs too, in a plain way that uses less computing memory, so in my view it’s even easier.
    And did you know the windows key plus E open up your ‘my computer’ file folder? Windows key + M = minimise all windows and usually has the same effect as windows key + D for showing desktop. Enjoy your new laptop computer!

  152. My laptop computer is Acer and I love it, especially the built in webcam.

  153. We have an HP Pavilion dv4 and love it!

  154. Our laptop runs Windows 7 and I have really been impressed with it.

  155. I have Windows 7 and still finding something new everyday. I love !!!

  156. I have a cherry red Dell laptop! It goes with everything 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  157. Cathy Green says

    I currently run Windows XP.

  158. Cathy Green says

    My computer is a Dell.

  159. I currently am using Windows Vista.

  160. My computer is an Acer. Thanks for the chances!

  161. We currently have a lenovo that we purchased for Christmas. So far so good.

  162. We use Windows 7

  163. Windows 7!!

  164. I have a Dell Desktop!

  165. I currently run on XP at work… yeah, way behind… and on Vista at home.

  166. Dude, I have a Dell! 🙂

  167. Sharlene Piscitelli says

    My laptop uses Windows Vista.

  168. Sharlene Piscitelli says

    I have a Toshiba

  169. We have Windows XP – would love to upgrade to Windows 7.

  170. We have an older model Dell.

  171. I am running Windows 7

  172. We have a Dell Inspiron

  173. Deborah Bishop says

    I currently have Windows 7 and like it much better than Vista.

  174. Deborah Bishop says

    I have a Dell Inspiron laptop.

  175. Deborah Bishop says

    I really liked your tips. I didn’t know about 2 of them. I so like using shortcuts. Perhaps you’ll share more in the future. Thank you!

  176. Windows XP

  177. Would love to be entered. I have Vista on my laptop.

  178. For a second chance to win — I have an HP laptop.

  179. Acer netbook

  180. I am using windows 7 and learning more daily. Love it

  181. I have an Acer laptop and love it also

  182. I have a slightly old HP Desktop – it could use some help but it does a good job 🙂

  183. I use Windows Vista and would love to upgrade.

  184. My computer is seven years old and is a Compaq sr1638nx. I think it runs slow. I would love to upgrade.

  185. I have vista on my laptop and windows 7 on my home computer.

  186. I run Snow Leopard 🙂

  187. I have a macbook pro.

  188. Athena R. says

    I use Windows XP.

  189. Athena R. says

    I own a Compaq laptop and Dell desktop.

  190. Dell laptop and Windows 7 – love both!

  191. I have Windows 7 but I had no idea about the snipping tool. Just researched it in the help menu. There are many situations where I could use this tool. How can I access it without going through help though?

    Denise (

  192. I have an HP Pavilion Notebook

    Denise (

  193. I just got a new Dell laptop.

  194. I am learning to use the Windows 7–very slowly since I am computer ignorant. Have to figure out how to use the snipping tool.

  195. Denise Wilson says

    Well, I personally use Mac. But, I would like to win this for my Pastor and his family. Their computer could use this!

  196. Denise Wilson says

    My computer is a MacBook. 🙂 (I would give this prize to our Pastor and family.)

  197. I use windows 7

  198. I have an ACER laptop.

  199. I run Windows 7

  200. I have an hp desktop and a dell laptop

  201. Victoria Miller (Krystal Killys sister from dr dyers :) ) says

    Windows xp or vista can’t remember
    ( I would love to win 😀 )

  202. Victoria miller says

    We also have an hp laptop
    Hope I win!

  203. Karen Jerread says

    I am running windows 7, 64 bit. Would love to win the Staples card.

  204. Karen Jerread says

    I have a Dell Desk top and also a HP laptop.

  205. I think I need to upgrade. I have an Emachine, with Windows xp which I like very much. I’m not sure I could learn to use the Windows 7. Nancy P.

  206. I think we have windows 7!

  207. We have an hp computer!

  208. Chandra Smith says

    I have an Acer laptop and run Windows 7. 🙂

  209. I run Windows 7 and use a Sony Vaio laptop. (and I love it!)

  210. I have a Dell laptop.

  211. My laptop has Windows Vista. 🙂

  212. We’ve got a Dell Inspiron laptop, which serves us pretty well.

  213. I’m with Windows 7.

  214. I have a Dell. (Hot pink, which is most important, of course.)

  215. I use Windows 7, but didn’t know your tips. Yeah.

  216. I use an HP laptop. Love it.

  217. I have Windows 7 and I love it!

    thanks beckie!

  218. I have an HP Laptop!


  219. I have Windows XP!

  220. I have a Dell Studio 15 laptop. Thanks for the giveaway!

  221. I have a Hp that I bought from
    Staples last year. Love it. It runs a windows 7. Better to me than the XP version.

  222. Windows XP is what I’m currently using, but I’m lusting after Windows 7. Pleaasssssssssssssse let this be my lucky day. I feel like I’m living in the dark ages. 🙂

  223. My computer is a hybrid of parts with the tower coming from a store called eXtreme Computers. It hasn’t worked right since the day I bought it – lesson learned to stick with reliable companies that have big reputations.

  224. I have windows vista.

  225. I have a dell.

  226. Susan Salerno says

    We have Windows XP

  227. Susan Salerno says

    We have a Dell, (not a fan).

  228. I use Windows 7 starter edition… on a netbook.

  229. Running on a refurb Gateway netbook (which, btw, I <3).

  230. Sarah@Neoteric.Traditional says

    I use Windows 7, too. It took a while to get used to it, though. Aside from the standard office suite not working at all, it’s OK.

  231. EliseKayEm says

    I’m also using 7… haven’t had any issues myself!

  232. EliseKayEm says

    I have an asus netbook that I use mostly and I LOVE it!

  233. Sarah@Neoteric.Traditional says

    I have a Compaq notebook – our first non-Dell computer

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  235. linda seehusen says


  236. I use Windows 7

  237. I have a Gateway