Windows 7 is the bizzzzz.RC Available now

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  1. American Dream

    American Dream Read Only Funster

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    Just got a nice shiney new laptop and thought I would blitz it and load Windows 7 RC (Available now from Microsoft)

    After the beta version this Latest version is pleasantly surprising and solid.

    Seems quicker too although it may well be the laptop too,:Cool:


    It's there to try.Just look on the Microsoft site.Just make a good backup of your data first if installing it on an existing PC.
     
  2. Tony Lee

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    May pay to check before rushing in. I read that to eventually do an official upgrade, you had to reinstall XP or Vista and upgrade from there. Upgrading from RC is not possible.
     
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    As far as I'm aware, W7 isn't an upgrade to either XP or Vista , but a complete new OS.

    much as Leopard was for Macs.

    Can you clarify Steve ?

    Jim
     
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    I have a voucher for w7 but cannot apply on the web for it till 31/8
     
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    I have the beta version running on an old desktop and XP on my laptop which is much faster and bigger that the desktop.

    I have don't have the desktop loaded with many programs as I use it as a file server via a router but it is certainly a lot faster on boot-up compered to the faster laptop.

    Doug...
     
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    But dont you just know that no matter how good 7 is it wont be a patch on OS X :Rofl1:
     
  7. Jim

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    I will wait for the public to buy it and beta test it, and then I'll probably stick with XP for as long as I can anyway:thumb:
     
  8. sinbad1

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    I wont bother either untill the final is released,done my time beta testing others ; however does look promising. Reports so far say runs faster ;but then again any OS when first loaded runs quick.

    regards
     
  9. acdcdave

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    Jim's right but don't forget 64 bit os's

    Guys

    Like Jim I'm sticking with XP at least until the first W7 service pack eventually comes out. On my main machine I'm also sticking to XP Pro 64 bit OS and x2, x3+ processors. I'm currently using 6 Gb of RAM which makes it fly. But this does NOT work, with standard 32 bit vanilla XP, Vista etc. which limit you to 4Gb and less on some laptops. And boy do they need it!!

    Standard cheap DDR2 memory is now 2 Gb so I can go up to 8 Gb total in the 4 slots I have on my motherboard. When 4Gb memory is available at a sensible cost, say £30, I could go to 16 Gb. The limit for XP Pro 64 bit is 128 Gb of main memory and terabytes of virtual memory, theoretical limits are far higher still.

    Drivers and other software is much less of an issue now than it was two years ago when I built my first 64 bit machines. With modern 'fat' software the 4 Gb limit must go soon and 64 bit is the only way to go, so I will be using 64 bit W7. There are some rumours that the new Apple machine may indeed have a 64 bit OS.

    For an experienced desktop user, it seems to me that the gains for 64 bit now outweigh the downside. How do you find it?

    Cheers, ACDCDAVE.
     
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    aye,

    at least I'll avoid Vista :Rofl1:
     
  11. N&K

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    I have been using Windows 7 for about 5 months at home (get it through work on a beta program), and is far better than Vista. :thumb:

    Already it is much faster and seems more stable than Vista, Vista seems to go off into a world of its own sometimes.
     
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    Hi Jim,

    AFAIK Windows 7 is not an upgrade although there are some similarities to Vista.

    I think the main problem , as was the case with Vista, is the slow manufacturer release of drivers, although I have seen very little problems with the Release candidate up to now.

    We have a few people at work that have loaded it on older laptop hardware with seemingly little problems.

    The situation I am in, I will have to support users as they adopt the "new" Operating system and need to be fully aware of the fundamental differences.

    Still VERY impressed with it.Very stable and reliable.
     
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  13. Jim

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    I just bought a brand new desktop from Dell Business Sales, they offer a "downgrade" to Win XP sp3. I downgraded just like 70% of their business customers do:BigGrin:

    XP works, it works fast and is probably THE most stable operating system out there. Don't be an early adopter of Windows 7 it will be bug ridden, you will become an unpaid beta tester:Smile: Like the song says "wise men say, only fools rush in .... "
     
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    When I first bought Leopard OS 10.5 for the Mac I was disappointed .. so much so I took it off and went back to Tiger 10.4 .. it took Mac about a year and a couple of major service packs to get it right.. now it runs fine.. but I have to ask myself .. is it better or is just more toys and less reliability.

    On the windows machine I have the option from Sony to downgrade to XP .. but never took them up on the option for fear of having problems with the drivers, Vista is pretty good now.. but would prefer XP , if only I had the bottle to try the downgrade..

    jim
     
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    Windows 7 is actually "fixed" Vista. It's what they should have produced in the first place.
    Morally, Microsoft should offer all Vista users a free upgrade (and there's a lot of campaigning going on for this) but it doesn't seem likely. I'm still on XP, having tried Vista and found it to be appalling, but I'll move to WIndows & if they price it right since it seems stable enough.
     
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    I have vista my next computer will have is Linux. I have come to the conclusion that the difference between Microsoft and Hell is .....Hell as no Windows
     
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    I have Vista on my laptop and have just installed Windows 7 RC and it is working brilliantly, it has accepted all my old hardware and software and all I can say is that it is a cross between XP and Vista, best of both worlds.
     
  18. American Dream

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    OS for OS Windows 7 is definately faster than xp on the same hardware.

    I have a 250 gb hdd full of apps and it still works.

    For my work I NEED to be an early adopter and am pleasantly surprised so far.

    As a beta tester of all Microsoft OS's since win95 and win 3.0 I am definitely more comfortable running this version.:thumb:

    XP is solid after how many service packs and updates?

    I seem to remember that wasn't always the case when it was released so many years ago.

    A knowlegeable "fool" is less likely to have problems and more able to rectify them and report back to the developers.
     
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  19. Jim

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    That's why me and millions of others in business stayed with windows 2000, whilst the fools rushed in and bought ME and XP before service pack 1 :Smile: I have most of the Adobe Suite, open all the time, at the same time, typically, Indesign, photoshop, illustrator, Bridge, Dreamweaver etc, along with word, outlook and excel etc, its faster than I need it to be and its so stable I can go a fortnight or three weeks between reboots. I just don't need the hassle of upgrading, for zero benefit. People upgrade like lemmings when the gear they have is probably more than they need.

    Give me a couple of killer reasons to upgrade now and I'll consider it, the upgrade will cost me money so the reasons need to be good:Smile:

    IMO When Windows 7 is on service pack 3 it might be safe to upgrade. :Smile:
     
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    BEEN USING WINDOWS7 FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS,DID HAVE VISTA, W7 IS THE B#@&$/$KS MY BROTHER IN LAW IS IN THE BUSINESS SO HE GOT IT FOR ME FREE :whistle:
     
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