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Windows 7: Win7 Retail The Real Story?

18 Feb 2010   #11

Vista Ult64, Win7600

Me neither and I have been through them all.

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18 Feb 2010   #12

W7, Xp Pro

Noticeable differences have only been slight for me. Still with Ultimate though.

Ah. Memories.......
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18 Feb 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition

like i said all the rc versions were ultimate. naturally hp is the best selling version for consumers. obviously making that switch you are going to lose some features. maybe some consumers including yourself were unaware of this but MS has made significant efforts to educate the consumers of the differences in retail packages and if it was ignored by an individual or a group it's npt really the fault of ms.
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19 Feb 2010   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I didn't notice any significant difference RC>Official either.
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23 Feb 2010   #15

Win7 64bit Ultimate

Yeah based on what you are all telling me and what I have experienced myself I have no idea what these couple people are talking about. I think maybe they downgraded or forgot to turn UAC down or something lol.

Anyways thanks for helping clear this up.
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24 Feb 2010   #16
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There is a signficant performance boost when changing from the RC to RTM, due to the removal of a ton of monitoring software and debugging code.

This is why it is easy to be deluded by reports that in-place Upgrade workaround works fantastically from RC to any retail version.

It performs better because the RTM is so much better than RC, but there is still a performance hit to some degree doing in-place as there always is.

Nonetheless it's hard to argue when you have so many raving about an in-place Upgrade's success. So I give it out with some reluctance to those who haven't got time to clean install from RC now.
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24 Feb 2010   #17

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
I have been beta testing win7 since it was Milestone ??? in fall of 2008

So I have been through a lot of different builds of win7. On this particular computer(x64) I upgraded to the retail version in Sept. with my TechNet subscription.

I have not noticed any pumped up difference with the current retail version.
So I guess I am a very satisfied user of win7.
Same here...been through lots of 7 testing...Retail or Enterprise not much difference from the betas or RCs.
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