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Windows 7: Windows 7 almost a year old

20 Oct 2010   #11

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

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I'm awaiting the first service pack. I wonder if it will do anything for it or if it will be just security updates.
the beta sp1 is at this link
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20 Oct 2010   #12

W7 Professional x64

I'm enjoying tweaking 7 to exactly my liking. I am disappointed by the lack of program support for 64 bit software, but that is to be expected. Microsoft helps that out a ton with XP mode. I guess they realized that all sorts of 64 bit users in vista were using virtual PC to run a lower OS
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20 Oct 2010   #13

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

I enjoy that the performance is better on my old hardware than windows XP. How often does that happen with a new version of windows?

I really like all of the information that the user can mine. Coming from a Unix/MaC background, it was always very difficult for me to cope with the lack of information provided in a windows environment when troubleshooting problems. Windows 7 is a big step forward in that respect.

I skipped vista because of all of its problems, but really wanted to move to a 64 bit system as Photoshop was always crashing on my in my 4G 32 bit XP when editing enough pictures simultaneously, With Windows 7 it may slow down, but 64 bit Photoshop doesn't crash (not much worse than loosing lengthy photo edit IMO!), and it is faster and the graphics support is better.

One other thing -my XP box had lost its ability to fgo to sleep on its own. After much investigation I could not correct this. Windows 7 is bittersweet. It will almost always go to sleep. Unfortunately it will go to sleep while performing a scheduled scan or other scheduled task that wakes the computer to run in the middle of the night. I have found ways to prevent this so I am more happy than with XP in regards to this.

The BCD boot config is new to me since I skipped Vista. This seems an archaic step back and is difficult to use, but I understand the motivations, though the interface sucks big time.

I also am semi-happy with the color management since I do photo work. However, there is a lot to be desired. I have a monitor (NE spectraview) with calibration that manipulates the monitor's hardware LUT. I have a second extended monitor that I have calibrated using the Windows 7 calibration that I use for non-color critical windows. I would like to have windows manage that monitor, but not my NEC spectra view. That is not possible as far as I can see,

I sure wish windows 7 UAC would let you say "always trust this program" so you wouldn't always get the same pop-up. I was tempted to turn UAC off entirely because of this, but I didn't. I am sure a lot of people have, however. This nullifies the value of that feature IMO.

Well that is off the top of my head my thoughts after about 3 weeks of use.

- Gene
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20 Oct 2010   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Vista was great and Windows 7 is even better. Those are my thoughts.
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20 Oct 2010   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

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I like the Win7 stability. But I am (was) also a Vista fan.
I prefer one of the previous OS's.
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20 Oct 2010   #16

W7 Professional x64

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20 Oct 2010   #17

Windows 8 CP x64

i just simply enjoying Windows 7's performance on my Intel Core i7..
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20 Oct 2010   #18

Windows Seven x64

It's hard to think that it is almost a year old!! Already!
I have had zero issues with Windows 7, and love the stability!
Windows Vista was good to me as well.

Ryan :)
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21 Oct 2010   #19

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

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The BCD boot config is new to me since I skipped Vista. This seems an archaic step back and is difficult to use, but I understand the motivations, though the interface sucks big time.
You might consider going to EasyBCD, which is a free 3rd-party replacement for the standard Win7 boot manager. (link for download at the bottom of the page)

It's still a boot-time boot manager (to allow boot selection from multiple available operating systems on your hard drives, e.g. Win7 vs. WinXP vs. xxx) in the end, but at least it has a flexible and intuitive GUI interface running under Win7 that allows you to configure the boot control files with text names and priorities as you see fit.

Of course once you get your multi-boot setup in place you'll likely never ever use it again (at least not until the next OS install). I myself haven't come back to it again since last December when I installed Win7 x64 on a new partition, retaining WinXP x86 on my old existing partition. I then changed the default text descriptions for boot-time choice to be more meaningful for me, changed the default priority to point to Win7, and that's the end.
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21 Oct 2010   #20

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

I'm a 100% 7 fan.
By far the best Microsoft OS to date IMO.
I sometimes use XP Pro in Virtual Emulation mode (to use old but trusted software) and am reminded just how slow XP used to be.
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