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    Windows 7 - thoughts?

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    Hey all...Windows 7, your thoughts?

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    Excellent. Would recommend. Performance is great. The bells and whistles are nice and generally the useability is well thought out.

    Learnt about the aero shake feature just today. Take a look

    Not sure how useful that is but now that I know its there it might come in handy.

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    I have it. I just received my custom built laptop today with Win7 ultimate installed. Before that, my other laptop has XP installed. I never used Vista before. Theres a learning curve but I think its a cracking OS. I love the aero features. The speed is heaps better than XP I think. Now to load the MSDN RTM version on my old laptop.

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    Expect to get my new desktop this week... Win 7 Pro 64 bit...

    Will see how it all goes.

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    I dont think you will be dissapointed at all.
    I have been running Win7 on a laptop and netbook for about 6 weeks or so now it its all been good.
    The laptop was an in place upgrade from Vista and the machine now works faster than before, i have only had 1 application that doesnt work anymore.

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    Re: Windows 7 - thoughts?

    what is win 7 ? does it replace vista?


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    Ive been running it in my study as 64 bit for three months, and on the HTPC for a week now. Very happy with both, the new media centre features are a big leap.

    Maheel, it is intended to replace vista but of course vista will remain on lots of computers.

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    Same here, running the 64-bit version on the main home PC, great OS, faster smoother and lighter than vista, but with more features, doesnt sit on 1 Gb mem usage idle like VISTA!, the only problem ive experienced was the 64-bit IE, bit buggy and had a few "thinking" moments, other than that...........its a massive improvement on VISTA

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    Its a good step up, and withoit doubt the best Windows yet. Nice interface and pretty good performance. Ive been running the RC version for several months now with no major issues.

    Still running Vista on my workstation and Im not decided about upgrading yet as I found Vista is fine provided it is fed with plenty of RAM and up-to-date drivers. The HTPCs are slated for an upgrade to 7 as Im tired of having to use hacks to use DVB-S.

    I did find that Win7 still needs RAM - Id recommend 2GB. It still has a heavier memory requirement than XP.

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    Just installed it today on a work computer with only 1GB RAM and the performance is very good. I dont agree that the extra RAM is needed if you upgrade to Win 7 but it wont hurt.

    The claim that Win 7 is what Win Vista should have been is very close to the mark. Only minor gripe is that it doesnt have a native email client (which doesnt affect me) and its using IE8 (but Im a FF user). But early days yet so well see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4441564548200 link=1256816770/8#8 date=1256865777
    Its a good step up, and withoit doubt the best Windows yet. Nice interface and pretty good performance. Ive been running the RC version for several months now with no major issues.

    Still running Vista on my workstation and Im not decided about upgrading yet as I found Vista is fine provided it is fed with plenty of RAM and up-to-date drivers. The HTPCs are slated for an upgrade to 7 as Im tired of having to use hacks to use DVB-S.

    I did find that Win7 still needs RAM - Id recommend 2GB. It still has a heavier memory requirement than XP.
    Am running an AMD AM3 X2 550 3.1GHZ (black) + 4GB RAM and a Gigabit MOB..

    Problem is getting my other apps and all my data off the dead PC and onto this one..

    As I can access the HDs it will just be a matter of moving data and re installing one at a time... Been many years since doing a full install as I have just repaired and upgraded from NT4... Thus lots of crap....

    It will take some time and the biggest issue is the management of passwords and links etc etc.

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    IE8 and Win 7 is much quicker than IE8 on Vista, they seem to interact better, while CS is quicker via FF, the disparity is no where near what it was. Win Win Id say

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    I have WinXP Pro SP3, Vista Ultimate SP2 and the Win7 RC download version.

    To be quite honest, I cant see any practical operational or performance advantages between the latter two. Im quite happy with my Vista Ult SP2 and given what M$ are asking for an upgrade to Win7 Ultimate, Ill stick with what Ive got for now. Given how close the two currencies are these days, it seems to be a horrendous mark-up that we Aussies are being expected to pay... >:(

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    Re: Windows 7 - thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by 624F4B474A260 link=1256816770/12#12 date=1256918486
    Vista Ultimate SP2 and the Win7 RC download version.
    Quote Originally Posted by 624F4B474A260 link=1256816770/12#12 date=1256918486
    I cant see any practical operational or performance advantages between the latter two.
    Give it a couple of months for the RC copy to stop working, then Im sure youll see a difference in performance ;)

    Now if only I didnt have rego & car insuarance hit me this month....Win 7 and Bean Bay are both out of the question till my next pay :(

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    Windows 7, even with the latest service pack for Vista, is still superior.

    To the average user, they wont notice any difference; however, its the same argument as a properly brewed espresso vs. nescafe 43. They arent factually different beasts, but Windows 7 is running on a more efficient and improved engine; API.

    XP is still a competitor as far as speed is concerned, but when you bring in security, 64-bit and future support as a variable to consider, then it becomes clear to many enthusiasts.

    Windows 7 is here to change the face of the industry that 80-90% of the market that utilises Microsoft Windows and products. To not move forward with the industry in this case.. is a disservice to yourself, if youre in an occupation/field that requires you to be on the forefront of the industry in concern.

    I say this, as a game enthusiast, performance enthusiast, and just straight up super geek.

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    Re: Windows 7 - thoughts?

    I installed WIndows 7 on a 6-year old computer running on 1GB of RAM. It worked quite well. Initially had to install the Win XP driver for the built-in LAN card to get a net connection but once that was established, all good. Detected and installed a Netgear wi-fi adapter and it works better than under XP.

    The onlyglitch is that it didnt detect my graphics card so running on a standard driver but the good news is that the driver supports a max resolution of 1024 x 768 instead of the usual 640 x 480 that MS has in its std graphics drivers.

    Speed is very good for a machine this old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 65585544435645370 link=1256816770/14#14 date=1257009393
    I say this, as a game enthusiast, performance enthusiast, and just straight up super geek.
    Well, Im not too far removed from that description as it happens.... ;)

    I ran several current office apps, several games (current DX10 as well as DX9), a couple of professional graphics programs, a couple of archiving programs and a couple of video production programs from clean installations of each o/s.

    In all cases, Vista Ultimate SP2 and Win7 were within a whisker of each other from a performance point of view, no significant advantages either way so there just isnt an argument for me to move out of Vista at this time, especially at the ridiculous price being demanded by M$ for the privilege.... >:(

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    The comparing of a "fresh installation" of an OS to an "old installation" of an older OS isnt very scientific.
    Also comparing a new OS on a new machine would only be relevent if the old OS was loaded on the new machine as well.
    Im pretty sure the new machines hardware would be a fair bit more advanced than the older machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6C41454944280 link=1256816770/16#16 date=1257092995
    Quote Originally Posted by 65585544435645370 link=1256816770/14#14 date=1257009393
    I say this, as a game enthusiast, performance enthusiast, and just straight up super geek.
    Well, Im not too far removed from that description as it happens.... ;)

    I ran several current office apps, several games (current DX10 as well as DX9), a couple of professional graphics programs, a couple of archiving programs and a couple of video production programs from clean installations of each o/s.

    In all cases, Vista Ultimate SP2 and Win7 were within a whisker of each other from a performance point of view, no significant advantages either way so there just isnt an argument for me to move out of Vista at this time, especially at the ridiculous price being demanded by M$ for the privilege.... >:(

    Mal.
    Although I stated superior in the defense of W7, Id say you wont need to upgrade anytime soon Mal! Im pretty sure that it is just minor differences in performance, and my references are going off credible sites instead of first hand experience.

    But, Microsoft will be Microsoft, when it comes to their O/S. Expensive!

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    Loving Windows 7. Better all round performance out-of-the-box then SP2 Vista in most if not all applications.

    Driver support is now a lot better now than when I first started testing it as well :D

    Would recommend to anyone looking to upgrade, however dont expect it to change your life forever if you only use our pc for basic necessities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6B6C79767F62180 link=1256816770/19#19 date=1257216082
    Loving Windows 7. Better all round performance out-of-the-box then SP2 Vista in most if not all
    Probably depends a lot on ones machine specs Stan...

    I know on machines that are borderline for adequate Vista performance, the improvement by stepping up to Win7 can be quite significant due to Win7s more efficient use of resources. This isnt reflected when the hardware spec is near the top echelon for Vista though, discovered after running my own series of tests.... ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4C4B5E5158453F0 link=1256816770/19#19 date=1257216082
    Loving Windows 7. Better all round performance out-of-the-box then SP2 Vista in most if not all applications.

    Driver support is now a lot better now than when I first started testing it as well :D

    Would recommend to anyone looking to upgrade, however dont expect it to change your life forever if you only use our pc for basic necessities.
    100% agree here. *Have been running Vista as my main Media Centre PC for a while now (and XP MCE prior to that) - cut over to Windows 7 and WOW! *Performance better all round on a heavily used PC, and the Media Centre experience is miles better. *A big thumbs up from me. As always, I suggest a clean install over an upgrade full stop - you dont have to look far to see not much has changed with this version re upgrade issues http://industry.bnet.com/technology/10003925/windows-7-upgrade-causing-endless-boot-loop/

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    Re: Windows 7 - thoughts?

    I have been using windows 7 for a few days and enjoying some of the features. Still loading stuff back on and getting frustrated finding music files to link to my ipod. What I have found is that win7 does not have a stereo mixer in its devices... instead digital audio(s/pdif). Previously I could show hidden devices and enable stereo mixer...disable microphone and the sound recorder or software like Audacity will record the output sound of the computer .This is handy for recording streaming or line input. I am a technical novice here but why have a sound recorder that cant record with the installed drivers. I gather I will have to install old sound card drivers or wait for new ones. Any thoughts from IT snobs?

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    I installed Windows 7 (64 bit) using the education-discounted version you can buy online. I clean installed and, other than an initial problem with unpacking the installer, everything has been sweet since. Recommend the upgrade from vista.

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    I have Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) I have found it amazing compared to Vista, and it is a very usable OS, I have Highly recommended it to friends.

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    For those CSers who have recently upgraded to Win7, heres a link to a very helpful site that supplies Free User Guides in the form of a PDF Tweaking Manual.... http://www.tweakguides.com/TGTC.html Older versions of Windows are also supported... 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6B46424E432F0 link=1256816770/25#25 date=1260462168
    heres a link to a very helpful site
    Good one Mal [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    Microsoft admits Windows Updates principally created to annoy

    Microsoft has admitted that its regular software updates are ‘pranks’ largely generated by bored or frustrated programmers. The admission, which follows a three-year investigation by a special US Congressional Committee, has merely confirmed what many computer experts have been saying for some time.
    Full article: http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2009/12/02/microsoft-admits-windows-updates-principally-created-to-annoy/


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5F746374657D7C7970150 link=1256816770/27#27 date=1260492636
    Microsoft admits Windows Updates principally created to annoy

    Make sure you read the full article though to see its proper context, you conspiracy theorists.

    My conspiracy theory is that most, if not all, viruses and other malware are created by the companies who sell the software to remove them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72786D7A7A756167140 link=1256816770/28#28 date=1260493955
    Make sure you read the full article though
    Yes, reading the full article is highly recommended. ;D


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    Windows 7 and *Vista

    Ever wanted extra access.. Just like old games..

    God mode.

    As indicated by enthusiasts around the Web, there is a simple way to access a hidden "God Mode" in Windows 7 and Vista. With a name like that, your expectations might be a little high -- and no, Windows is not secretly invincible -- but the trick is awesome nevertheless.
    "God Mode" simply provides users with a centralized Control Panel for all of Windows settings, from changing your desktop background to setting up a VPN or partitioning your hard drive. In all, there are nearly 50 categories and most have several entries.


    Read all about it on this link... I will be doing later *to night..

    http://www.techspot.com/guides/236-windows-god-mode/

    AND

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10426627-56.html?tag=rtcol;pop





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