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Windows 7: Installing on new hard drive Vista vs Win 7

07 May 2009   #1

vista/windows 7
Installing on new hard drive Vista vs Win 7

I have a quad core i720 intel processor and the asus p6t deluxe V2 motherboard and a basic 512 video card. I installed Vista 64 bit first - took about 50 minutes. Then installed Windows 7 RC1 on a second hard drive (dual boot) and it installed in 20 minutes. It couldnt find the divers for chipset but shortly after it said I didnt have them installed (they werent available on the mb setup disk nor on Asus website) and it asked if I wanted them installed and windows installed the drivers. Much more intuitive.

Also I looked at the processes running on initial startup - I had perhaps 8 on windows 7 and perhaps 25-30 on vista. That alone made me a believer.

Now it wont run all of the software i would like to run (some antivirus and antispyware - spydoctor - zonealarm etc) but that was the same thing initially for vista. Oh superatispyware ran from the get go on vista and does on windows 7. I cant figure out why other antispyware and antivirus companies hem themselves and make a product that is so OS version specific.

Overall I am impressed with windows 7 - far less processes running in the background.

The beta of win 7 crashed when I tried to join my domain. Had to reinstall then I left well enough alone. The RC1 joined domain without a hitch. Less trouble than either XP or Vista.

Runs my business programs just fine. been testing those for a month.

Also pleased with the try before you buy concept. I can use the win 7 setup thhrough may 31 2010.

Would like to see the price of the OS come down a bit. Close to $300 is a little steep to convert more of my machines to win 7. I am running a laptop with vista, 2 desktops with vista. and three desktops with XP.

Will keep ya posted

My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 May 2009   #2

Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Thanks DrM

This is helpful and very timely.

I have been running Windows 7 beta on my old T42p laptop for 3 months in a dual boot configuration with XP with no issues. I have now installed 7.1 RC, with no problems.

I am considering installing 7.1 on my desktop despite the warnings about not installing on your main working machine. I am very dissatisfied with the stability of Vista and have been impressed with that of Win 7. I have the following configuration:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200
Western Digital Caviar 500GB 7200
Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit

I am thinking of a dual boot on the main drive and using the WD as my backup just as it is now. Does this make sense?

Should I simply spring for a new drive and install 7 there?

Any advice on ASUS driver issues?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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