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Microsoft Windows 7 discussion

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by editor, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.

    Full developer subscription to MSDN and the private MS download servers. I'm a developer. Can download everything MS do, in every language, to test software against before customers start telling me stuff doesn't work properly.
     
  2. frogwoman

    frogwoman I welcome your experience

    i hate vista, prefer windows xp.
     
  3. stowpirate

    stowpirate skinflintish camera nut

    What are the hardware requirements for these fancy graphics? Will a 64mb nvidia graphics card, 1.2ghz duron box with 512mb ddr ram run this?
     
  4. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.

    Probably not.

    But a 1.7Ghz P4 (original) with 512Mb ram did run it quite well.
     
  5. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.

    When they said vigorous, they meant it. Its one of those actions that doesn't work quite like you want it to, its a bit hit and miss. Perhaps I'm doing it wrong....
     
  6. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.

    Microsoft in their wisdom have decided to remove Dreamscene from W7, bunch of ****. It was the only decent upgrade they gave Vista 'Ultimate' and now they ripped it out. I just had to hack W7 to get it back.
     
  7. A Dashing Blade

    A Dashing Blade Takes horses to water but can't make donkeys drink

    Slapped it over Vista64 last night, was literally a case of put disc in, "Are you sure" . . . "Y", off down the pub for a couple, came back and job done.
    Well happy so far.
     
  8. dweller

    dweller muthafuckin snakes

    my lappy
    has a 1.6ghz core2duo and 2gb ram.

    will running win7 x64 be much better performance than win7 x86.
    I'm not too much concerned about the amount of old software supported
    but I don't want to go for it if it will be a negligible change
    unless we moving into a time when innovative x64 apps will be developed that won't be built for x86?
     
  9. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.

    Its possible that there is a 20% performance hike, but I've not seen anything to really say one is better than the other.

    If you move the window to the edge it resizes it left and right and to the top goes full screen. Not sure that adds anything.

    Networking has become a mess IMO. Vista made it more complicated than it needed to be but seem to work. The addition of the windows 7 only homegroups to add to the complexity now its going to totally confuse if you have anything slightly out of the ordinary. It confused me when I wanted to set up my link between my PC and my laptop, Gb network rather than over wireless.
     
  10. Jambooboo

    Jambooboo Who Loves You Baby?

    I've ended up buying two copys, as I thought the first one I bought online didn't go through. Got them cheap though - ie. under £50 - and so one can go on the new build as intended and the other can either be sold (hopefully for a profit) or replace Vista on my laptop.

    Not tried the beta/RC so I've no idea what to expect - tbh I'm not expecting it to revolutionise anything.
     
  11. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.

    Its nothing revolutionary.

    Just a lot of tidying up and some thought gone into usability. Its not like these were usability hells in the 1st place.

    Some nice features that will be appreciated by all. Libraries is a good example. If people were willing to fiddle with the command line, the library concept were possible anyway. Nice to see a workable front end for that technology.
     
  12. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.

    Having switched off that docking window thing, Windows 7 is essentially Vista with a different look and quite a bit faster.

    Really nothing to get excited about.
     
  13. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Given how slow and shit Vista's been for me I'd say that's enough to get excited about...
     
  14. bmd

    bmd this can be reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally long now

    This Endgadget review seems to disagree with you.

    There's just one example here -

    I would also say that the fact that it's so much faster means that there's a hell of a difference and I have yet to think to myself "wtf" about W7 whereas that came to mind quite often when I tried Vista and it's this that I think is the major difference, that they've made the interface so much smoother and slicker.
     
  15. dweller

    dweller muthafuckin snakes

    another definite plus in windows 7 over vista is the image gallery slideshow.
    this was extremely clunky and buggy in vista (much worse than xp)
    now it is back to its smooth former self.
     
  16. grit

    grit an ugly force for good

    ++
     
  17. editor

    editor Got a fever +the only prescription is more cowbell

  18. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    Interesting, but not very 'useful' - it's not like users have a choice between the two when considering an OS upgrade :)

    I will have a play with windows 7 as soon as I'm sat infront of it - it certainly looks like an improvement on XP, and what Vista should have been all along.
     
  19. jæd

    jæd Corporate Hooker

    Its a pointless comparision only a Pundit would make. One's a few tweaks to an already quite good o/s and the other's overhaul of something that wasn't received well... Anyhow, you could always dual-boot... :D
     
  20. DeepStoat

    DeepStoat Banned Banned

    Windows 7 is far more pleasant to use that Vista (spits).

    Although I still can't see any major advantage to scrapping XP.

    Better off with Ubuntu anyhoo.
     
  21. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.

    None of the above is very true. I find Vista and W7 identical to use from a UI point of view. W7 is a lot faster but that's partially down to my SSD boot disk.

    XP doesn't support the new hardware that Intel and chipset vendors are churning out. No default SATA drivers and no in depth power management.

    Ubuntu is for geeks.
     
  22. ovaltina

    ovaltina Well-Known Member

    I'm still waiting for the killer "oh, wow, I never imagined a computer could do that" moment that would convince me to upgrade, so I'm sticking with my indestructable IBM and going on holiday to San Francisco instead. :)
     
  23. grit

    grit an ugly force for good

    Personally I'm just happy to have something that looks a bit more modern and has better window management.
     
  24. editor

    editor Got a fever +the only prescription is more cowbell

    Although I've rather enjoyed using Vista, there's still a couple of little things that are annoying me, although most of those are to do with incompatibilities with older progs.
     
  25. newme

    newme Giant in Pastyland now

    Was not remotely impressed with vista, it felt broken.
    Windows 7 feels fixed.
     
  26. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    well i have been living with windows 7 for a couple of weeks now and tbh if i had paid for the upgrade from vista I would have been disappointed.

    cant really see much difference on the surface. yeah it loads a bit faster and has some gimmicks that a re cute but cant say it really wows me.
     
  27. editor

    editor Got a fever +the only prescription is more cowbell

  28. DeepStoat

    DeepStoat Banned Banned

    That post is full of wrongness.

    W7 is much faster than Vista, which is why it's much more pleasant to use.

    Ubuntu is not for geeks. It's suitable for beginners much more than Windows as finding and installing software is made very simple, not to mention it comes packaged with most thing you'd want already.

    I've done my stint with W7 and uninstalled it and gone back to Ubuntu.
     
  29. asbestos

    asbestos piss in my eye boogie

  30. Global Stoner

    Global Stoner baseline neural therapy

    Not really an issue for desktop PCs as hard disks are large and cheap these days, but seeing as 7 is supposed to be optermised for netbooks, so they can finally kill of XP, it seems a bit large.

    TBH I hadn't even checked how big my windows install was, but I've just had a look and its 12.5GB on RC1 64bit. It would seem odd if they have added another 7.5gb for the final retail version.
     

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