The main reason i'm going for the RC is so i can finally go 64-bit without having to purchase a whole new copy of Vista or Win 7 just yet. It kind of sucks having 4GB ram and not actually being able to use it. The only thing i'm concerned about is my M-Audio Revo 5.1, there are 64-bit Vista drivers available for it finally, so i'm hoping that those will install and function on Win7 without any issues.
I've also been reading a few reviews of Vista SP2 where they are actually showing a slight loss of performance in a lot of games, and longer load times over SP1. I haven't noticed that yet, but i just installed SP2 the other day and haven't gamed much since.
Babeman;4908144...you shouldn't have any problems with drivers or anything if you already have vista on your PC.
Let me clarify, I do not now nor have I ever had Vista. I'm running XP 32 bit with SP3.
I'll be able to driver update my audio (M-Audio Revo) as they've made Vista drivers for it, but I won't be able use anything beyond Cat 9.3 for my video, which is the main reason I'm thinking W7 may not do me any good. ATI sucks for long term support. That Nvidia DX11 GPU I'm holding out for will be my freedom from the burden of the A camp.
windows 7 will run fine. It actually finds and installs cat 8.something so you will be fine with the graphics card.
That is good to know. I run nVidia, so I couldn't check.
In addition to Babeman, and Pedantic, I have also run the 32-bit version. It is noticeably faster than Vista on my machine (Specs below).
Unfortunately, this machine does not have a 64-bit processor.
OK, downloading now. I'm at about 10% so far with just an hr to go. Can't believe this is DLing at about 600Kbps.
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
I tried the Win 7 beta and really liked it until it had issues with not closing some apps properly but the RC1 is brilliant. If they had released the RC 1 as a finished product i would not have been dissapointed at all. I suppose they learned alot through fixing Vista and it really does show in Win 7. There are some out there that will always knock Vista but now it is a good OS just not as good as Win 7 RC1 imho.
I think I'm going to try a dual boot setup with about 16GB for W7. I DLed the Gparted partitioning tool. I just wanted to verify first though that it seems their telling you to merely burn the ISO image of W7 to disc to make a bootable disc is not correct. From what I've read and experienced ISO images require an emulator like DT or Alchohol to work, which is why I never burn an ISO image but instead the extracted contents from it.
The actual data of an OS disc typically contains the extracted contents of the ISO, not the ISO image itself. I've looked at the contents of my XP OS disc and that's what it shows. That's the only way the disc will even utilize autoplay, as the exe needs to be exposed to open. I really don't know why they don't just zip or rar the image then tell you to extract it and burn it. This ISO crap is just misleading.
Because a zip or rar is just the data, an ISO is a copy of an actual disk meant to be burned/played like an actual disk. Try burning a zip or rar disk and see how fun that is to get it to run properly/ get to boot.
kow_ciller;4908773Because a zip or rar is just the data, an ISO is a copy of an actual disk meant to be burned/played like an actual disk. Try burning a zip or rar disk and see how fun that is to get it to run properly/ get to boot.
I said EXTRACT a zip or rar file then burn it, not burn it as is. What part of that did you not get? If you merely burn an ISO image without making sure you select make a bootable disc from ISO, you won't get a bootable disc that way either. You can get the same results by just extracting the ISO, then burning it, I've done it numerous times.
I'm just saying the way they word it is misleading for those whom haven't burned an ISO image before. At the very least they should point out you need to make sure you burn the ISO as a bootable disc, vs just burn the ISO to disc as they say.
Maybe they figure that if someone knows how to install an OS and knows about a pre-release version of an OS they'd know how to burn an ISO? And I know what you meant, but if you EXTRACT it before burning wouldn't that defeat the purpose of a ISO/rar/zip? Most of the time you need to compress what goes onto a disk for it to fit onto the 4.6gb or whatever it is as disk has.