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Windows 7: Impressed so far

23 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Impressed so far

Hi all,

Installed Win 7 last night and am amazed by how simple and trouble free it was.

Installed onto my Acer 6920g laptop, install was smooth with no SATA driver issues. Driver installation was minimal as most of them worked fine out of the box, other than me updating the chipset, audio and graphics drivers.

Program installation so far has been fine, a few older ones being incompatible but with Vista compatability mode selected all seems fine

Very impressed so far

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23 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

That's good news kersey, you'll like it. Thanks for telling us how it went, and welcome aboard.
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23 Oct 2009   #3

7600.20510 x86

Glad you're enjoying your new OS. Many of us here have been beta testing it since late last year and even before. A very high percentage of people feel the same as you, including me. For years I hate on Microsoft but this OS is really solid. Best I've ever used. Legacy support and how well it runs on old systems while performing great on new machines too is phenomenal.
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23 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

I am pleasantly surprised at how well things are going in Windows 7 so far (knock on wood). The install went smooth and I was quickly able to install all of my core apps.

Windows 7 definitely boots faster than Vista. And both PhotoShop CS4 and After Effects CS4 launch more quickly.

The only issues I'm having are:

1) My video card is 2 years old and not up to snuff for Windows 7, so I need to buy a new one.
2) Avast! Antivirus is having communication issues with Windows 7. I've registered it and done all of the updates, but Windows still thinks it's not up to date. I've emailed their support about it.
3) I found it VERY difficult to change the colors of everything individually and turn off the animation of windows, etc... I had to go through 3 different control panels to get to all the settings.

Compared to all the headaches I've been having with Vista the past 6 months (which appear to be fixed in Windows 7), those issues are minor.

After reading so many good things about Windows 7 over the past couple of months, I decided a few weeks ago that I was going to upgrade (which I never do.. this is the first time I've ever upgraded to the newest Windows version out the gate). So I prepared for it...

Last weekend I bought a 500 GB external hard drive and used True Image to create an image backup of my system. Then I started uninstalling any apps that I didn't use for my work. Two days ago I did another image backup and I bought a new 500 GB drive for my boot drive and a new 1.5 TB drive for my data drive. That way I could install Windows 7 to a brand new drive and keep the old drive handy and ready to go in an emergency.

I also restored the smaller "pared down" image into a VMWare virtual machine. So right now inside of Windows 7 I am running an image of Vista in VMWare with all my apps and data. The great thing about that is I forgot to write down some things from my Vista setup (the server names for my email and newsgroup servers and I forgot to email some serial numbers to my google mail account) so I was able to just log into the virtual machine and get what I needed without having to swap hard drives.

I don't doubt that there are probably some bugs that were missed in Windows 7 and will be discovered over the next few days as everyone else starts using it. But for me, right now, all of my critical work apps run without issues and in most cases run "faster" than they did in Vista.
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