Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7, has been highly praised, after all it fixes many of the problems encountered in Vista. Sadly, it has also attracted some criticism.

However, to help you when putting the OS through its paces, we've highlighted the 7 deadly sins of Windows 7. Partake in these activities at your peril.

Lust: Beware Windows 7's faux-Mac experience

Windows 7 inspires lust. Specifically, it arouses an unhealthy yearning for a better computing experience.

If you're an IT administrator, you can see the signs easily: a lingering glance at a contractor's MacBook Pro, an iPhone in use instead of the standard-issue BlackBerry, browser histories filled with links to articles, telltale 'my other PC is a Mac' stickers adorning their desk.

Left unchecked, these primitive impulses can destroy office morale. Frustrated by the restrictions imposed on them by a rigid Windows-only regime, some employees may even resort to illicit workplace trysts.

Many a naïve system admin has made the unfortunate mistake of ignoring the signs only to later stumble upon a wayward user secretly caressing the object of his or her desire - a smuggled MacBook Air - in the back of a secluded wiring closet.

If your job description includes enforcing a Windows-only computing policy, keep close tabs on your charges during the Windows 7 transition.

The faux-Mac experience of the Aero UI will no doubt serve to exacerbate their frustration and perhaps even inspire an increase in overt acts of salaciousness as users realise they've been duped by a poor imitation of their true Mac love.

So stay alert. Be vigilant. And keep a hammer close by (for cracking Apples, not heads).

Gluttony: Windows 7's hardware demands

Windows 7 continues Vista's piggish ways with regard to RAM consumption and CPU utilisation. Like its notorious predecessor Vista, Windows 7 consumes significantly more RAM than Windows XP, ostensibly to support its vastly expanded set of default services.

As tests have shown, this latest version of Windows begins to perform adequately only when deployed on multicore hardware, and some of its 'cool' features such as the Aero UI require new graphics hardware and/or updated drivers.

As OS debauchery goes, Windows 7 truly is the height of gluttony. It's bloated and top-heavy, with an insatiable appetite for state-of-the-art hardware. Basically, it chews up CPU and memory capacity like it's going out of style. But to what end?

What is it, exactly, that Windows 7 does so much better than its leaner, meaner, pre-Vista ancestors?

These are the questions that will likely be directed your way as you begin the slow, painful process of squeezing another oversized Windows release onto your already taxed PC hardware. When confronted about this latest 'upgrade', deflect the inevitable criticisms by emphasising how much more manageable all those RAM-hungry services will make your environment.

And if all else fails, play the security card: A slow PC is a small price to pay for peace of mind, whether that peace is real or (in the case of Windows 7) imagined.

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  3. Envy and Pride
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