Ive been running xp for ages now and seeing that windows 7 was going on sale I decided it was time to upgrade.
I have a Dell xps m1710 laptop with an nvidia geforce go 7900 gs graphics card. Before installing windows 7 I thought it best to check that it would run on my machine so I downloaded Microsofts upgrade advisor thingy. It told me all would be ok apart from my graphics card wouldn't be able to run aero. Ok windows will still run with areo turned off, but I wanted to be able to use all the funky bits of aero.
So I decided to search the web to see if I could find a solution or anyone who had tried 7 with this card but as it's so new there wasn't any info. I downloaded various new drivers
but couldn't find one which was WDDM and so came to the conclusion this was my problem.
As I'm a student 7 only cost me £30 as an upgrade so I thought I'd go for it anyway and just hope a new driver
became available later. I downloaded and installed 7 yesterday and went to select an aero theme expecting some horrible error message, but no. It fired up and works a treat! I didn't een install a driver, windows found it's own one (newer than any I had found on nvidias own website).
So windows 7 has it's first gold star from me (whilst windows upgrade advisor gets a lump of coal).
I just thought I'd post this to hopefully help out anyone who finds themself in the same sitution as I was prior to my upgrade as it looks like th go 7900 gs works just fine