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#1 audioAl

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 06:16 AM

I use this site and try to contribute as best I can. Windows 7 has been on the shelves for 5 days or so. Can I get an opinion on it's upgrade as an easier operating system. Graphics, audio,ect.
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Posted 28 October 2009 - 03:27 PM

I have the RC version of Windows 7 installed beside Vista. I hated Vista with a passion, never used it much (had another laptop that was XP and then Ubuntu), but I LOVE Windows 7! It is what Vista should have been. It's a lot faster, seems to run lighter on the hardware. Graphics are gorgeous, even on a two year old Acer bargain-bin laptop from Walmart. I have not done a direct upgrade from Vista to Windows 7, but it seems to run fine in dual boot so far. I have installed my favorite software from XP on Windows 7 and had very few problems. If in doubt, you can always run it in a multitude of compatibility modes.

I've been using Windows 7 for a couple of months and have no complaints. (And yes, this is coming from a user who works heavily on XP and plays on Linux!)
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Posted 28 October 2009 - 05:01 PM

I tend to agree with Ilynara.

I have XP, Vista Home Basic and Home Premium, and have been dual booting XP with the RC of Win7 Ultimate since June and am very happy with it. Seldom used anything else since then. There have been some niggles but I will be installing Win 7 on all my computers over the next few days.

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 11:01 AM

What more, if your CPU processor support virtualization, you can download and install Windows XP mode pack (500 MB) which makes any program run in a virtual Windows XP mode. Definitely a move from Microsoft, to make people get rid of Windows XP. But I am liking it :huh:

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 01:10 PM

Thanks for all the comments, I have vista, new machine, and I have a free download of Windows 7. I just hate getting something when what I have works OK.. Decisions, decisions...

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 01:23 PM

If you have Vista, there is no real compelling reason to upgrade just yet. Windows 7 is not all that different, and patches to Vista have sufficiently fixed the problems that people complained about during the initial release.

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 06:01 AM

If you have Vista, there is no real compelling reason to upgrade just yet. Windows 7 is not all that different, and patches to Vista have sufficiently fixed the problems that people complained about during the initial release.

Thanks Groovicus, I was really upset buying Ultimate right before the announced 7, I felt cheated. My 32 bit rig is running great, audio sonic is much better than XP. I may try 64 bit next year.
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Posted 30 October 2009 - 09:17 AM

I concur. I say if what you're working with is working great, why go up to 7. If it ain't broke don't fix it, right? However, I am so pleasantly surprised by how outstanding Windows 7 has been so far (using Windows 7 Pro for over a month now, in a 500+ PC networked environment) that I urge anyone who can upgrade to go for it. Obviously it is ESSENTIAL to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to make sure your PC won't have any performance, compatibility or driver related issues. (I'm still without audio. (Crappy Sigmatel HD onboard)

Edited by Eric RBA, 30 October 2009 - 09:30 AM.

I would never ask a person to do something that I wouldn't do myself.

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 03:13 PM

Another reason to wait to upgrade (or install next to your current OS as dual boot instead):

Windows 7 endless reboot answer evades Microsoft
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/913...vades_Microsoft

This is apparently a huge problem for people upgrading from Vista. I have not had one problem doing new installs (of the RC) on multiple computers in my household. Sounds like the upgrade path is causing nightmares for some people and needs to have some kinks worked out. Best to wait till they figure out what this is!
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Edited by llynara, 30 October 2009 - 03:57 PM.


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Posted 01 November 2009 - 02:55 AM

I concur. I say if what you're working with is working great, why go up to 7. If it ain't broke don't fix it, right? However, I am so pleasantly surprised by how outstanding Windows 7 has been so far (using Windows 7 Pro for over a month now, in a 500+ PC networked environment) that I urge anyone who can upgrade to go for it. Obviously it is ESSENTIAL to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to make sure your PC won't have any performance, compatibility or driver related issues. (I'm still without audio. (Crappy Sigmatel HD onboard)


The reason is you'd be actually missing out on fantastic features that'd increase your productivity. The snap feature to compare windows, the jump lists, and simply, it's just downright pleasing on the eye.

While I do agree they improved Vista significantly, I would have to disagree with not having a reason to upgrade to Windows 7. They got it right this time, thats for sure.

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 06:47 PM

I recently switched from xp to 7 and it has been great. I stayed away from vista but I am really enjoying this. I particularly enjoy not having to install any drivers. I can't really comment on vista but for those of you on XP still I think it's time to make the switch.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 01:45 PM

The reason is you'd be actually missing out on fantastic features that'd increase your productivity. The snap feature to compare windows, the jump lists, and simply, it's just downright pleasing on the eye.

While I do agree they improved Vista significantly, I would have to disagree with not having a reason to upgrade to Windows 7. They got it right this time, thats for sure.


In case you missed it, I said I did move to Win7. If someone is happy with Vista and can't afford to upgrade yet then they can just be happy with what they have. That's all I'm saying.
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 04:01 PM

I don't really understand this talk of 'upgrading'.

Win 7 is a new operating system and is installed over the top of your existing one, or onto a separate partition or drive. I have been using the 32bit RC 7100 since it came out in June, as a dual boot with XP.

Have stayed away from 64bit up till now after all the talk of problems, but it would seem that 32 bit is like XP and will fade away over the next few years, so 64bit will be the way to go in the future. Anyway, yesterday I bit the bullet and installed Win7 64bit and have had few problems so far - had to go to the manufacturer's site and get a new driver for the wireless adapter, but that's not a big deal.

I notice that I now have 2 C:/Program Files. One marked 32bit and one marked 64bit so the system seems to sort itself out. Working on an overseas computer with TeamViewer last night and it is just like working on my own machines. TeamViewer has always been good but you do notice the difference in speed with the 64bit version. (2 minutes from shutdown to working again where it used to be 7 min - much cleaner machine of course, but that's not bad.)

Have left 100GB spare partition on the drive to install the 32bit if necessary, but will stick with the 64bit and see how it goes. All looks good so far. My opinion anyway.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 05:19 PM

Worked on a few final release Windows 7 machines so far and have to say its a huge improvement on Vista. I already had the Windows 7 Ultimate Release Candidate which was a breeze to install and it went in 64bit without a problem. Havent found any of my usual software that wont work with it so far.

For all those out there on Vista saying 'whats the point it looks the same' - its the same as buying a ferrari kit car based on a trans-am rather than buying the real thing. The difference is performance and it behaves like Vista should have done from day one rather than Microsofts marketing model of 'upgrade your hardware to suit'. Theres even netbooks for sale running it!

The new features of Windows 7 dont really do much for me, its like anything, we all prefer whats familiar until we find a use for it. I've stayed clear of Vista and even installed XP Pro on my laptop when that came with it (which Acer didn't support as no drivers on their site).

I now have four copies of Window 7 Ultimate on the way to sort out all my machines and will take it from there. Heres hoping I dont end up eating my words :huh:

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 07:38 AM

Another reason to wait to upgrade (or install next to your current OS as dual boot instead):

Windows 7 endless reboot answer evades Microsoft
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/913...vades_Microsoft

This is apparently a huge problem for people upgrading from Vista. I have not had one problem doing new installs (of the RC) on multiple computers in my household. Sounds like the upgrade path is causing nightmares for some people and needs to have some kinks worked out. Best to wait till they figure out what this is!
Llyn :huh: Speaking of the upgrade path, I have a client who didn't register XP, now they bought an Upgrade disk Vista Basic. I can't do a clean install on another hdd with this disk fresh can I?


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