Quote: Originally Posted by Linus
Back to Vista!
I’d anticipated Windows 7 RC with relish, looking forward to improved speed, slick interface, new features. I now read all the many accolades in this and other forums with little cheer.
All went well with the upgrade to my laptop (HP DV6680, Core Duo T7250, 4GB), everything worked, even Skype and the HP Quickplay buttons which the check said might not work. The new interface was indeed slick.
But speedier? No. Start-up and restoration times after hibernate? No perceived improvement. Sleep mode however seemed more incisive. A couple of glitches – odd blackouts and restarts, some problems with Google Chrome unable to find pages where IE8 had no problem, something I’ve not seen under Vista.
But the crunch came yesterday when I got a load error with the reassuring message that Windows will resolve the problem (corrupt Registry). But then – “Windows is unable to resolve the problem”. Restore system from last know good image? – same result; Shut Down, or Restart! Restart produced the same. Safe mode – no difference. Then tried loading and repairing from the Win 7 DVD – this time got options to recover from any of 9 system restore points. Looked promising! But — alongside an option to choose the restore partition (just the one option, C), a message stating that the disk needed System Protection set (I have never interfered with System Protection). The option button wasn’t selectable. No way forward.
So after all the hassle of installing Win 7, and the anticipation, I now had two possible courses of action: (1) re-install Win 7 from scratch and rebuild or (2) re-install Vista. I chose the latter – once bitten etc. I’m now back on Vista as was, thanks to HP factory restore and the excellent Acronis True Image.
Quirks I can forgive in an RC, but the lack of perceived performance improvement was disappointing. Failure to recover from System Restore points is inexcusable – surely this is fundamental during beta or RC?
I also discovered through trial and error that (1) you can’t upgrade from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Win7; and (2) if you create a dual-boot system, the new partition has to be a fresh build (i.e. loses all settings from the previous installation). Both obvious I suppose, but not (as far as I could see) clearly stated in the instructions.
So much easier to blame the operating system hey? I mean it wouldn't be through no fault of your own that it's running like you say it is.
As a matter of fact everything is on the contrary, windows 7 beats it in all departments(fact).
As swarfega put it don't be putting it down just yet. I would go even further and say don't put it down at all because it sure does not deserve it. You have done a bum installation my friend so they are your problems and not as you seem to think anything to do with the Windows 7.
Wonder why it's only you that has a problem with restore, or registry entries? Registry entry errors are user generated, there should be absolutely nothing wrong with the registry on the initial custom install.
Here is a quote from you "I also discovered through trial and error that (1) you can’t upgrade from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Win7; and (2) if you create a dual-boot system, the new partition has to be a fresh build (i.e. loses all settings from the previous installation). Both obvious I suppose, but not (as far as I could see) clearly stated in the instructions". Now that to me would suggest that you really don't know what your doing with computers, forgive me I could be wrong...................
As you have now moved back to the sad Vista here is a link to the forums. it is managed by the same team so you will be ok...........................