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Windows 7: Windows 7's Unexpected 'Killer' Feature

03 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
Windows 7's Unexpected 'Killer' Feature

Windows 7's Unexpected 'Killer' Feature

Everyone loves a killer feature — but what gives Windows 7 a strong future is not what you're thinking.

Randall C. Kennedy, InfoWorld
Nov 3, 2009 4:42 pm

Everyone loves a killer feature: that must-have capability or technology that prompts you to plunk down your hard-earned cash in an effort to upgrade your computing experience.

In the case of Windows, there have been precious few versions that included a truly killer feature. Windows 3.1 was a killer version because it allowed PCs to finally break (or at least reduce the impact of) the dreaded 640K barrier. Windows NT was a killer version (at least for power users) because it introduced the concepts of client/server security and true, hardware-based memory protection to the environment.

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Windows XP was a killer version because it bridged the gap between the consumer (Windows 9x) and business (Windows NT) computing spaces. And though generally considered a flop, Vista was a killer version in that it forced the Windows ecosystem to evolve beyond the Windows XP paradigm and thus paved the way for Windows 7.
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03 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I really enjoyed this:

Given the same number of CPU cores, Windows 7 runs circles around both Windows Vista and Windows XP. In fact, the results aren't even close: In one multiprocess workflow test, Windows 7 outpaced Windows XP by 250 percent -- this on an eight-core (dual quad-core Xeon) HP Z800 workstation.
This is Windows 7's killer feature. It means that, as customers invest in new PC hardware, they'll be better positioned to reap the improvements in CPU, memory, and chip set performance by deploying Windows 7. It also means that sticking with Windows XP -- ostensibly because it is less bloated and performs better -- is a fool's errand.
Times have changed. The hardware landscape is much different than when Windows XP was on the drawing boards. Back then, the concept of a multicore CPU was still just that: a concept. Windows XP was designed for a world of single CPU desktops and the occasional two- or four-way (discrete CPUs, not cores) engineering workstation. It simply isn't smart enough to know how to leverage something as complex as a modern-day Core i7- or E5xxx-series Xeon processor.
I wonder how the XP die hards will react?
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03 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM x86

Randall C Kennedy is a complete joke. One week he bashes Windows, the next week he praises it and the one after he bashes Linux.
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03 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
I wonder how the XP die hards will react?
Likely a little "hot under the collar"? For the last 2yrs. all I heard all too ofter was how great XP was compared to Vista while the newer version there was geared for dual and quad cored cpus and ofter had no need for any special patches for many of the newer hardwares!

XP itself was a quick bridge over from Fat to NTFS and the NT core following the ME flop! It took 3 service packs to get it running good while 7 is good out of the box so far! Vista was the inbetween there but a larger OS generally more secure and stable then it's own predacessor.
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04 Nov 2009   #5

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

Agree. Never really got into XP because of Win 2000, and the new Mac OS X (the first OS X). The only reason I ever used XP was because it came as the Main OS on a new laptop, but six months later that laptop was updated to Vista (never turned back to XP). There will for a long time be those out there who will swear that XP is the only true windows OS, just as there are those who would die before giving up there Mac's or Linux based computers. What you going to do, best thing is just to pay them no mind, and hopefully they will go away.
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04 Nov 2009   #6


a lot of die hard xp fans hate vista and prob wont be switching to win 7
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04 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

They will be the ones at a loss sooner or later there. The only real holdup seen with 7 initially was with the ISPs here. You go for the latest offers and end up with outdated 2000, XP driver support for the modems and softwars they provide!

Hopefully now that 7 is out and more and more people are running the 64bit Windows between Vista and 7 the ISPs will smarten up there a bit!
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04 Nov 2009   #8

W764 & W764

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stillfreefilms View Post
a lot of die hard xp fans hate vista and prob wont be switching to win 7
LOL... I am a diehard XP'er, as I type my Windows 7 pre order is on the shelf waiting to be installed. Tho I am running Windows 7 7100 x64 on another PC.

When Vista came along, I tried, then went back to XP and didnt look back until I saw what 7 was doing, I went thru the beta and liked it from the start.

I would install 7 on my main PC (XP) but have so many 32bit apps. I am also wondering why, with the 64bit PC I am almost out of space (2gb left on 69gb WD 10k drive), and dont even have that many apps installed compared to the XP box, which also has the same identical drive, but with 35 gb free space, and so many apps, like I mentioned. Will I need a large drive just for Windows 7?

And then again I dont really like the mail setup for windows mail, it looks messy, I know I can probably clean it but havent even played with it, not even in the 64bit box, lol
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04 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

I see you have several drives there between the two systems. Here the drive space simply goes fast due to numerous programs downloaded along with updates and custom files kept onhand for various purposes like for illustrating how to do things. Wallpapers as well as virtual machines add to the list.

For working with video drive space instantly become a commodity. I saw that in your specs for the XP case. with a 500gb OS drive with 465gb available once partitioned and formatted the one still seeing the 64bit RC has over 400gb taken up! I had to clean up numerous temp files as well as ones simply no longer used to bring that down a bit to 406gb from about 436gb!

A 74gb Raptor despite speed leaves hardly any room. The high priced SSDs come in at 256mb for the largest seen so far suggesting a 500-1tb 7,200rpm performance model if not going with a 160gb Raptor would be the options there.
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04 Nov 2009   #10

W764 & W764

well yes, and no... I mean I have deleted everything I can possibly delete off that 7 drive and the most I can have of free space is 5gb. I am actually thinking about combining the two 74gb drives (one has 64bit the other 32) in a raid setting abd installing the 64bit Windows 7. But then again I mainly use 32bit apps, though I do have some 64bit's, and I would like to get the most ram I can, the Windows 7 has 4gb, just as the XP 32bit, tho can only see 3gb.

I just might grab a 500gb or a terabyte. Yes I do alot of video, mostly dvd conversions from PAL to NTSC and have lots of copies on hand sometimes duplicates, but thats why I also have that stuff on 1 TB drives, of which I have 3 in the XP and 1 in the Windows 7, yeah even a 160gb would do....

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