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I was wondering if anyone has downloaded and installed windows 7 yet to test it out?

I have it installed now and I have to say I think its much nicer then windows vista and way faster. Just looking to see what others think about it as well.
 

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I have it running in a xVM on my Linux box. Downloaded it a couple hours ago. Not bad so far. I will wait till the next release before I install it on a box of its own.
 
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Yeah I just replaced my dual core for a quad core so I installed it on the dual core. I am liking it alot so far and have been on it all day with not a single problem so far. I am thinking of making it my main operating system.

I didnt like the feedback at the top of everything and the watermark on the desktop so both were removed. But other then that I was testing it out for gaming and I would have to say my fps doubled compared to vista and it was all around much smoother on steam.

So far they have me pleased and it seems to be what others are saying as well. I cant wait till its finally done to see the difference from now till then and how much they improve or make it worse.
 

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it is looking pretty solid, especially for a beta. I am not much into Windows at all. But it is always fun to see what the others are playing with. I do have a Vista box ( the wife wont switch over from the dark side ), and a couple laptops that are running XP Pro and my server is BSD. My 19 yr old is on Ubuntu. I really dont care for that either. I am running Suse 11.1 on my main rig.

Windows 7 does look promising.
 

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It is a Beta 1 test release. Microsoft wont give the general public anything for free.
 

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DM, did you have any issues with driver compatibility?
 
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In regards to the downloaded version, is it going to expire and you have to pay to keep it?

Vista is as expensive as all get out. I'd like to try it, but I don't want to pay $300 to keep it if I start using full time.
They do expire In August of 2009 if you let it. But to be honest I did pay for vista ultimate x64 I gave that up after I bought xp and learned how to do things on the pc. I now have windows 7 unlocked fully and it wont expire as well.

What I would do is if you did pay and want to test it dual boot your pc so you can test it out if you wish.

DM, did you have any issues with driver compatibility?
You know its funny you say that cause I thought I would and had a full backup but I have not had a single issue at all. I am socked very very shocked that Microsoft could finally get something right so far with this.
 

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With as cheap as harddrives are, I would simply grab a cheapo and pull your existing drive, slap in the new one and install 7. If you hate it, throw your old one back in and you can then use the one you just bought as a slave and format it from within your old OS.

I have seen some 500gig SATA drives out there for as little as $50 online.
 
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Yeah newegg.com is the place to go and get them that cheap. But I think once they installed it weather coming from xp or vista they wouldnt go back.
 

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FYI you must use IE to download it.

BTW, to download in FireFox, view the page source. About half way down you'll see this:



Highlight the very long link (I've got the first bit highlighted) then copy and paste into the browser.
 

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I've been using XP for quite awhile. My computer is okay by today's standards. I mean everything works relatively quickly with XP, but when I loaded Vista, the entire thing grinds to a halt and everything moved slooooow. I didn't want to pay for upgrades just to use Vista, so I just went back to XP. I only have 1 gig of RAM, and DDR prices are insane. To use DDR2, I'd have to upgrade the whole motherboard, which means a new processor, RAM, video card...ugh. Not worth it just for Vista.

I usually start using a new Microsoft OS in the Release Candidate stages if I'm feeling adventurous.
 

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I've been using XP for quite awhile. My computer is okay by today's standards. I mean everything works relatively quickly with XP, but when I loaded Vista, the entire thing grinds to a halt and everything moved slooooow. I didn't want to pay for upgrades just to use Vista, so I just went back to XP. I only have 1 gig of RAM, and DDR prices are insane. To use DDR2, I'd have to upgrade the whole motherboard, which means a new processor, RAM, video card...ugh. Not worth it just for Vista.

I usually start using a new Microsoft OS in the Release Candidate stages if I'm feeling adventurous.
I don't know anybody that is really happy with the slow moving and problematic Vista OS,and corporations like Boeing and BOA are still using the XP.
 
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FYI you must use IE to download it.

BTW, to download in FireFox, view the page source. About half way down you'll see this:



Highlight the very long link (I've got the first bit highlighted) then copy and paste into the browser.
Yeah they changed it all around now cause of how many people tried to download it so fast it killed there servers all day.

I've been using XP for quite awhile. My computer is okay by today's standards. I mean everything works relatively quickly with XP, but when I loaded Vista, the entire thing grinds to a halt and everything moved slooooow. I didn't want to pay for upgrades just to use Vista, so I just went back to XP. I only have 1 gig of RAM, and DDR prices are insane. To use DDR2, I'd have to upgrade the whole motherboard, which means a new processor, RAM, video card...ugh. Not worth it just for Vista.

I usually start using a new Microsoft OS in the Release Candidate stages if I'm feeling adventurous.
Yeah vista is a resource hog and that is why they started making this so soon cause of the complaints. I bet you could run windows 7 without a problem. They only call for 1 gig of ram and like a 1 ghz processor and if you dont have them specs on a pc yet then you need to upgrade.

Yeah I usually only use RC releases as well but since this is built from vistas core and tweaked I knew it would be fairly stable. I think tomorrow I will upgrade the other pc to use it as well cause I am liking it alot more then vista.

I don't know anybody that is really happy with the slow moving and problematic Vista OS,and corporations like Boeing and BOA are still using the XP.
What does Eheim use Les ??? :icon_lol:

Yeah vista was a ms nightmare and I think its one of the main reasons gates left. He knew it was screwed and figured he would leave the mess for others to clean up.
 

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This is an Athlon XP 3200+ with 1 gig of RAM and a Geforce 6800 graphics cards. I used to play games a lot but I really don't anymore (I've gone completely to my 360 for gaming. I've found it's much cheaper than trying to maintain a 'gaming rig'). As far as Windows 7 goes, I definitely meet the requirements! XP runs awesome for me, but Vista for some reason was just eerily slow. I could've probably tweaked it or maybe it was a bad driver or something, but based on the popular opinion of Vista, I stuck with XP :icon_cool
 

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No way I'm sticking with XP. Everything, EVERYTHING I have is running on the older OS and I know that with Vista pretty much no software that I have now would run on it due to compatibility problems. So as to Windows 7 being a step UP from vista I highly doubt it would work on that one either.
 

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I will probably give the new Windows a shot as soon as I clean up one of my spare hard drives. Honestly, I think the 64 bit versions of Vista are fantastic and I would never go back to XP . Vista does like to have more memory in the box for sure, but at least now you can actually utilize anything over 3 gigs of memory (at least with the 64 bit versions of the OS) unlike with XP, unless you have the 64 bit version of that. I haven't found a properly equipped Vista box any more of a resource hog than XP was. The difference now is that Vista actually puts those spare CPU cycles and memory to use and it seems like something is always going on (which it is and should be). I have yet to find one single application that doesn't run on Vista that ran on XP or (God forbid) Windows 98. Older hardware can be a different story.

Hopefully Microsoft will see the folly in offering no less than seven different versions of their operating system as they did with Vista. I think that was the single biggest mistake made with Vista, and one always has to ask what version people are complaining about before making a judgement.

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No way I'm sticking with XP. Everything, EVERYTHING I have is running on the older OS and I know that with Vista pretty much no software that I have now would run on it due to compatibility problems. So as to Windows 7 being a step UP from vista I highly doubt it would work on that one either.
Time to upgrade :thumbsup:

I will probably give the new Windows a shot as soon as I clean up one of my spare hard drives. Honestly, I think the 64 bit versions of Vista are fantastic and I would never go back to XP . Vista does like to have more memory in the box for sure, but at least now you can actually utilize anything over 3 gigs of memory (at least with the 64 bit versions of the OS) unlike with XP, unless you have the 64 bit version of that. I haven't found a properly equipped Vista box any more of a resource hog than XP was. The difference now is that Visat actually puts those spare CPU cycles and memory to use and it seems like something is always going on (which is is and should be). I have yet to find one single application that doesn't run on Vista that ran on XP or (God forbid) Windows 98. Older hardware can be a different story.

Hopefully Microsoft will see the folly in offering no less than seven different versions of their operating system as they did with Vista. I think that was the single biggest mistake made with Vista, and one always has to ask what version people are complaining about before making a judgement.

Dave

Dave very well said and excellent points. I bet if your that happy with vista x64 you will be amazed with Windows 7 x64.
 

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Is it true that they are going to charge subscription fees for Windows 7 instead of a one time purchase price? That would really turn me off to it. I'm already using Linux 80% of the time now.
 

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Dave very well said and excellent points. I bet if your that happy with vista x64 you will be amazed with Windows 7 x64.
Yeah, I can't wait to try it. Happy is a relative term I guess, because I just upgraded to Vista about eight months ago and it wasn't all that cheap! I figured that Vista would be current for at least a couple more years. Ah well, such is the price of progress I suppose.

Dave
 
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