I've put the Windows 7 beta through its paces, and mostly have been impressed. But I also found several problems with it, including hard disks that appear to vanish and turn into phantoms. Here are the hacks for fixing those problems.
As I write in Review: Windows 7 Beta 1 shows off new task bar, more UI goodies
, I've been quite impressed with Beta 1. But I've found several problems, one with a hard disk that seems to have vanished, another with wireless networking, and another with getting the new Windows Aero Peek feature to work. After digging into the operating system, and with help from Computerworld readers, I've found hacks to fix them.
First some background about my hard disk problem. My Windows 7 beta is on a dual-boot machine. The C: drive boots to XP and the J: drive boots to Windows 7. When I boot into Windows 7, Windows 7 shows the J: drive as if it were a C: drive. That's not an issue. But the real C: drive is invisible -- it doesn't show up in Windows 7 at all. In Windows XP, there are no problems with recognizing both drives.
I've found that I'm not alone --- several people have reported that multiple disk drives don't show up in Windows 7. And several wrote to me with their fixes. Here's how to do it: Hacking Windows 7 beta problems - Computerworld Blogs