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Windows 7: I'm not very happy with Windows 7 so far


10 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
I'm not very happy with Windows 7 so far

I must admit, I made a huge mistake by formatting and moving to Windows 7 from my absolutely perfect XP set up, but now that 7 is here I might try and figure out what my problems are before reverting back to XP.

Lets get one thing out of the way first, while I do know how to maintain a computer more than the average user, I'm definitely not all that computer savvy and I'm also easily frustrated with computers and absolutely hate them, it's just not stuff I like tinkering with or have any interest to mess with.

My Specs:
Athlon 64 3500+
2GB RAM
7800GTX 256MB

I had an absolutely perfect XP SP2 installation on this system that used BBLean(blackbox) as its main shell and in the two years it was on my computer I didn't have a single problem with that setup, technically it's 4 years since I've had the same setup since 2005 but my HDD in 2007 and I replaced it with a new one then and had to install stuff all over again.

Fact of the matter is, from 2005-2009 I didn't have any problems with my system, no slow downs, no viruses or spyware, I maintained a nice, clean registry at all times with RegCleaner I think and TuneUp.

Yesterday I installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I honestly hate it, it doesn't do what I want it to do and I can't even begin to understand why. Was getting x64 for my system a mistake?

My biggest problem is, my Wacom Intuos 3 tablet, I don't have Phtoshop CS4, tried installing a trial and of course it wouldn't even want to install on Windows 7, I'll give something else a try, but I do have CS3 and that just refuses to work with my tablet correctly.

There is this weird input lag in CS3 when I try to draw with my tablet, like you draw and after a few seconds the lines show up, usually not even in the same shape as you drew them.
This isn't the case when I draw in PS with my mouse and I can draw just fine in MSPaint with the tablet.

Also Windows 7 has this TERRIBLY ANNOYING program that pops up every time my tablet activates, some writing program or something, dunno what it is and I don't want to know what it is, I just want it out of my system but couldn't find a way to get rid of it.

My second problem is I can't get VMWare workstation to work right, it works but the internet inside it doesn't work and the program just doesn't perform as well as it did in XP for me.
In XP I used one of the 5.5 VMWare release, now I'm using 6.5.something and it's just terrible, can't get the internet working inside it, can't do nothing right.

The fact that Windows 7 x64 only recognizes my SB5100 USB Modem if I connected it through the ethernet cable doesn't make things better either, because this renders me unable to use Xbox Live, I don't have a router or want one since I didn't need one until now.

Try to understand guys, not everyone likes computers or wants to mess around with them to get things working, I personally just want things to work for me and that's it.

If anyone can help me, please do so.
Thanks in advance


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10 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think my severe photoshop lag has something to do with that idiotic ripples effect Windows 7 has every time I tap my tablet pen on the tablet surface, I THINK I disabled the stupid handwriting program, I think not sure but it still lags in PS.

Guys, I need to get back to work and I can't at this rate, this is really starting to drive me mad.

All Iwant is to use photoshop CS3 like I did before if I can't use vMWare or anything else with this damn OS
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10 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You should go back to XP. A quick check on the Gigabyte website showed that they never released any Vista drivers for your motherboard, let alone Windows 7 drivers. That could certainly add to any problems that might come up. That being said...

Did you download the Windows 7 drivers for your Wacom tablet?
Did you visit the Adobe website and check for Windows 7 issues with CS3/4?
Did you download the Vista drivers for your SB5100, and did you read the instructions for installing Vista drivers?

Honestly, the OS isn't the problem here. You have old hardware that might not support anything newer than XP.
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10 Oct 2009   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Jack

Im sorry you are having a hard time with win 7. We can certainly help you to work out the problems but I do have a suggestion. If you are not going to upgrade your ram you might want to install the 32 bit win 7 instead,.

Now what problem is the most important to deal with first
Ken
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10 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64, MAC, BT4, Vista x64, server 2003 ent (DC)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jack1337 View Post
I think my severe photoshop lag has something to do with that idiotic ripples effect Windows 7 has every time I tap my tablet pen on the tablet surface, I THINK I disabled the stupid handwriting program, I think not sure but it still lags in PS.

Guys, I need to get back to work and I can't at this rate, this is really starting to drive me mad.

All Iwant is to use photoshop CS3 like I did before if I can't use vMWare or anything else with this damn OS

Have you tried running CS3 as Windows XP SP3 mode.. ?


Right click CS3 'Properties'compatibility' and choose Windows XP SP 3

Not trying to teach you to suck eggs, but wasn't sure if you knew the above

~Mike
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10 Oct 2009   #6

windows 7
 
 

Grab latest drivers for your tablet. They have 32 and 64 bit drivers. They came out with them on Sep. 29, 2009

Wacom Hardware Drivers
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10 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Did you download the Windows 7 drivers for your Wacom tablet?
Yeah, I even disabled that default TabletPC crap Windows 7 has, this did improve performance a great deal in Photoshop, but there's still input lag when pressure sensitivity changes.

I got no input lag in MSPaint or if I use my tablet normally as a mouse


Did you visit the Adobe website and check for Windows 7 issues with CS3/4?

People have been using both CS3 and CS4 fine, though there are some installation problems with some of the CS4 versions I guess, but I can do without CS4, CS3 is what I used and what I need right now.

Did you download the Vista drivers for your SB5100, and did you read the instructions for installing Vista drivers?

Turns out those work only for 32bit x64 or something, for 64 you have to do it the way I did it in order to get the modem up and running, but there's no need for drivers this way.

As for my mobo not having the right drivers, I dunno, this CPU-Z program detects it just fine, though I'm not sure if it detects the right rev version, so far everything other than the tablet is alright, and VMWare is being a **** because it's not the old version I like I guess which doesn't even work on Vista.

I'm thinking of dual booting XP and 7, but it seems installing XP now and getting to dual boot with this is a hell of a lot of trouble from what I've seen.

edit: I tried running CS3 with both XP SP2 and XP SP3 compatibility even before disabling the TabletPC stuff.
I reinstalled my drivers now, I'm sure they're the latest ones cause I downloaded them from the Wacom site couple hours ago.

I'll restart, see if reinstalling the drivers after disabling that PCTablet stuff helps, but I doubt it will.

I'll run CS3 in XP Compatibility mode again to see what happens, but I'm not very optimistic about it all.
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10 Oct 2009   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Jack

Well Its only been a couple of days right? IM sure it was difficult in XP for the first couple of days too.

Ken
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10 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

PS CS3 still lags
tbh I'm pretty much ready on going back to XP, my only really big concern now is that I don't have the drivers disc for my mobo and last time I checked there were a bunch of different revisions of the thing, 1.0, 1.1 and A3 or something, CPU-Z says in Windows 7 it's A3, should I go with that? You guys said 7 might not have installed the right drivers, but if it didn't would my USB functions be messed up? Cause everything USB is nice and fast, at least as far as transfers to flash drivers and my external HDD go.
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10 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Jack

Im sorry you are having a hard time with win 7. We can certainly help you to work out the problems but I do have a suggestion. If you are not going to upgrade your ram you might want to install the 32 bit win 7 instead,.
I agree. Use the x86 version until you upgrade to at least 4GB (if your motherboard supports that much RAM).
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