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So how are we liking Windows 7? I've only been playing with it at home for the past week, but I'm awfully damn impressed. I'm running build 7232 x32 on my laptop and 7260 x64 on my desktop. Both have been pretty much flawless; all I can recall is a small taskbar graphical glitch upon me shutting a game down improperly.
Install was quick and easy and on both my PC's, I only needed drivers for add-on cards (video/audio), everything else was picked up. Very nice.
This is a very snappy feeling OS, whether it be in the 32 bit or 64 bit flavor. Apps seem to open much quicker, or at least start opening quicker. I can't say I've noticed much difference with gaming yet, but everything I've tried works and I've been too busy screwing with the OS in general anyways.
Networking ease of operations has been greatly improved and even the network troubleshooter works! Fixed an issue where one PC could see the other but not vice-versa. I don't recall any native OS fix-it utilities working in the past to be honest. Access to files on other PC's in the Homegroup feels as quickly accessible as it would a folder on the PC you are actually on.
The file browsing alone is worth the price of admission. Easily MS's most intuitive file browsing system and an absolute godsend after that cumbersome POS that Vista shipped with. Libraries are great, always hated my stuff spread all over the PC with no real access to it all at once. The sidebar in the browser finally has all the useful links you need and you can easily add more.
I'm this close to pre-ordering already, but I have always been leery of getting a new OS on day 1. That said, I honestly can see this as a milestone OS that requires very little patching in the future, it feels ready to go now. Great way to launch it by getting us to test it out and become addicted all at the same time.
Kudos to the folks at Microsoft on what looks to be a great OS. :cool:
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FYI - MS reports available to download thru end of July 2009. It will be fully functional until March-1-2010 (bi-hourly shutdowns begin) and expires on 6-1-2010.
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*Note: If you used the Hindi or Arabic language versions of the Beta, thank you for helping us test those languages. Because the RC is not available in Hindi or Arabic, we encourage you to either install Windows 7 RC in another language or reinstall a prior version of Windows before the Beta expires on August 1, 2009.
The RC has been perfectly stable for me, using it as my primary OS with no troubles at all. *touches wood*
But then Vista was stable for me as well. :/
Well, I am sort of impressed. However, I've found that I'm not yet ready to upgrade.
My system is older, and Windows XP works fine. I haven't booted into Windows 7 since April.
Coincidentally, I've recently booted into Kubuntu 9.04 again. It was surprisingly welcoming.
Oh well, these days I primarily use an Operating System to run Firefox, and a MP3 player. My iPod Touch does that anyway.
Its not that Windows 7 is bad, I've just got no need to upgrade. That and I prefer the Windows Vista theme to the Windows 7 theme.
18th November 2004
I've been using various Windows 7 betas since build 7000, and now I'm using RC build 7100. It's been very pleasantly stable this whole time, and the only issue I've noticed so far is the Punkbuster error with Call of Duty 4. But that's not really the fault of Windows, anyway.
I'm quite impressed, and I think I'll be shelling out the $50 for the Home Premium upgrade pretty soon.
I tried the 7100 RC. I really like the new additions to Aero. Other than that, I can't really see anything "better" about it. I did pre-order 7, but will continue to use Vista until then, as my Vista install has been fast, reliable & stable for over a year. I honestly don't know why people bad mouth Vista. It has been great since sp1. I cringe everytime I use my Father-In-Laws pc with XP on it. It is so slow & foreign now. I look forward to making the permanant switch to 7 in October.
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
Zamamee;4941978the only issue I've noticed so far is the Punkbuster error with Call of Duty 4. But that's not really the fault of Windows, anyway.
Is that the "unkown windows api" error because I get that as well :(
Windows 7 RC1 has been great for me. No compatibility problems with older programs like Office 2000, but I usually have to get Vista drivers. Games are perfectly stable, and I like that rather than forcing you to reboot when having hardware glitches, windows reloads your drivers on the spot. I'm tempted to pre-order, but the only reason I would do that is for DX10+ support, and I don't have a PC capable of playing those games properly anyways.
Count_Chocu1a;4941983...I can't really see anything "better" about it. I did pre-order 7, but will continue to use Vista until then, as my Vista install has been fast, reliable & stable for over a year. I honestly don't know why people bad mouth Vista. It has been great since sp1...
I used Vista x64 for a few months and I thought it was a great OS, very fast/stable. I do however like the tweaks and changes in win7 even moreso. I was fine with XP when Vista released, and didn't feel the urge to purchase, but I guess XP is feeling extremely dated to me now, no matter how much I tweak it.
I really liked it for everything but gaming, but then again I have very old AGP spec and a X1950Pro that ATI does not driver support anymore. ATI has been slow to make stable drivers for W7 and they aren't going to do anything for my series of card so I uninstalled it and went back to XP exclusively. Looking forward to trying out W7 on my new build come year's end though, this time on an Nvidia GPU.
18th November 2004
goody10;4942026Is that the "unkown windows api" error because I get that as well :(
Yeah, that's the one.