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  Post #1 (permalink)   08-01-2009, 06:11 AM
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Now I've never liked Windows. Not ever.

So imagine my horror when I fell in love with Windows 7. Sigh.

I bought a new laptop this week, having realised that my three year old laptop, even though its specs are still high and there is no damage-nothing wrong at all-well it won't last forever. And, having an online business I couldn't risk being without one, and since my daughter now wants to use a computer-well you can see where my thought processes were.

So I got a new machine, partitioned the drive. Vista was on it, and I hated it, and since I wasn't losing anything and had nothing to back up, I chose to install the RC of Win7. Gosh.

Its just wonderful. It runs like a dream-Vista was running at 85 degrees C for my CPU under load, and the dual core was constantly 60-80%. This loads fast, its pretty, its intuitive, has nice new features, and it runs at 40 degrees C under load and maybe up to 20% CPU-60 with video. I just love it.

I preordered the full version yesterday, much to my linux loving shame.
 
 
 


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  Post #2 (permalink)   08-01-2009, 06:50 AM
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Thanks for sharing the info on Windows 7. I personally hate trying new Microsoft products out as they always seem to be pretty vulnerable in the beginning.
 
 
 


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  Post #3 (permalink)   08-01-2009, 08:20 AM
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Its good you said that. I was thinking on upgrading my desktop for the past few weeks and was brainstorming on whether I should do it now or when Windows 7 is mainstream.

I have Vista running on the laptop and I don't see much problems with it. I think it depends a lot on hardware specs. Sure Vista can be heavy, but if you are running at least 2 GB RAM on Dual 2 Core - I don't really see much of the heaviness. But then my desktop still runs Windows XP on Pentium 4 and 512 RAM, so ANY upgrade would feel awesome.
 
 
 


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  Post #4 (permalink)   08-01-2009, 10:35 AM
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Nice to see people are trying windows 7, was quite surprised after hitting the dell/alienware site for laptops that they now offer free upgrades (from vista) to the matching windows 7 version for release, gives everyone both options but performance seems to be the main thing drawing people to windows 7 although a lowever spec OS from vista without the problems will never go a miss.

just waiting for the error floodgates to open
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  Post #5 (permalink)   08-03-2009, 06:04 AM
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Yes I too am worried about what will happen, what will be found. For that reason I'm making sure that any and all updates are coming down and that frequent backups are being taken.

Still-and this is the thing that I am happiest about-the people who will be finding and experiencing these early errors are not people who have paid for the privilege. I've long abhorred MS's policy of basically having early customers be the beta testers-at least now those who are taking the risk are fully aware of the risk that they are taking, and willing to put up with it. This is how it should be, not forcing those who buy a new machine to just deal with the rubbish.

For the record I later installed this on an old desktop. It wouldn't run Vista, being really very low spec at 1.8ghz single core and with an old graphics card, and only 1GB of memory. Anyway despite its poor specs it is running great-its running way better than it was doing under XP. I hate to say it but I think it's a keeper.
 
 
 


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  Post #6 (permalink)   08-03-2009, 07:47 AM
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That's great to hear about Windows 7. I'm was waiting to upgrade, but your review may speed that up. Thanks.
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  Post #7 (permalink)   08-04-2009, 02:23 PM
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I'm with the OP on this one! Windows has generally been my pick only for usability and I moved onto Ubuntu a couple years ago. But this Windows 7 is everything I've ever wanted in a MS package - great looking, intuitive functionality and speedy and light (in comparison to previous versions of Windows anyway).

I am simultaneously proud and embarrassed to be a fan of Windows 7
 
 
 


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  Post #8 (permalink)   08-06-2009, 04:34 AM
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At least I'm not alone in the conflicting feelings! It really is a nice OS currently, and yet I do worry that the final version will be more bloated.

Steve, I can only suggest that since you can currently download it for free, now is the time to evaluate before you have to pay. You have until August 20th to get a release candidate version, and then the full thing comes out on October 22nd.

It installed dual boot to both of the machines I put it on, both of which had an empty hard drive or partition to run it on. So if you have a way to do that, it really is worth a squiz, knowing that you've lost no money and have the chance to go back to your prior OS.
 
 
 


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  Post #9 (permalink)   08-06-2009, 01:42 PM
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At least I'm not alone in the conflicting feelings! It really is a nice OS currently, and yet I do worry that the final version will be more bloated.

Steve, I can only suggest that since you can currently download it for free, now is the time to evaluate before you have to pay. You have until August 20th to get a release candidate version, and then the full thing comes out on October 22nd.

It installed dual boot to both of the machines I put it on, both of which had an empty hard drive or partition to run it on. So if you have a way to do that, it really is worth a squiz, knowing that you've lost no money and have the chance to go back to your prior OS.
Thanks for the info, AbbieRose. Much appreciated.
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  Post #10 (permalink)   08-09-2009, 10:27 AM
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Windows 7 is great but its price is sort of a turn down. Some days ago I read that the main advantage of windows 7 is what it will do for the networks with windows 2008 R2 servers, they say that deployment via network is state of the art. Literally you can log on to server via remote desktop as administrator and do magic using deployment tool that windows 2008 R2 provided, but that are fully implemented in clients that run on windows 7.
 
 
 


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  Post #11 (permalink)   08-09-2009, 04:16 PM
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Price wise, well I have two copies on pre-order that I got for 69.99 each. That's something like 80 off, certainly I think its a good price at pre-order.
 
 
 


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  Post #12 (permalink)   08-11-2009, 10:07 AM
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wow!
good to here for a windows hater turn to window 7 lover.

I have to try it too.
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  Post #13 (permalink)   08-17-2009, 12:58 AM
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I can't wait to get a new computer with Windows 7 on it. All the reviews and videos look great
 
 
 


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  Post #14 (permalink)   08-20-2009, 02:37 AM
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I think I would try it,thanks for sharing the info.
 
 
 


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  Post #15 (permalink)   08-20-2009, 02:58 AM
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I've had Seven since beta and in terms of Microsoft it's a big step up Its comparable to Vista, but without being so sluggish.
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