I didnt want it touching my new laptop seeing as its a Beta, so after looking around on the web, i found a guide to install it on my old laptop over a network which went flawlessly. I need to mention that this laptop is almost 4 years old with barely 512MB RAM.
After one install i booted into 7, leaving me in shock. The only problem i've had so far is the drivers for my video card and my sound card. So i'm stuck with 1024x768 on a widescreen and no sound at all. I've tried windows update and using the drivers that came with the laptop but the sound ones keep failing to install and the display is garbled after i apply my new settings, then it reverts back to the standard drivers after i reboot.
Other than that, i actually think its a good OS. Its suprisingly quick on this machine. I like it alot. Maybe M$ will get it right this time around?
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I used to hate using the sidebar gadgets in Vista specifically because of the sidebar itself. However, Microsoft removed the sidebar in Windows 7, so now they can float around on the desktop.
I am currently using three gadgets: World Clock, MSN Weather, and Pandora. They're arranged on the very side of the screen, where the sidebar would have been, but they look so much nicer without the sidebar.
I have Windows 7 running in Virtualbox. It is performing very well. The VM only has 16GB of disk space allocated; however, Windows 7 is only using about 8GB after installing AVG anti-virus and IBM Lotus Symphony. I also have only 512MB of memory allocated to the VM.
Windows 7 definatly kicks Vista's butt.
One thing I noted was that there was no "Microsoft Works". I decided to use IBM Lotus Symphony as an Office Suite, just for fun. There is definately a lack of application software bundled with Windows 7. I was able to find FOSS applications to full in the missing bits.
Windows 7 is an improvement over Vista when it comes to performance and resource usage; however, I am curious what Microsoft is up to by not bundling common applications with the product.
Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before upgrading, partitioning, or installing an OS.
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You have to download the windows live package to get some of the apps that used to live in windows. This not only saves space, but makes sense because not everyone is going to require all these different apps. I wish they would adjust what apps are included and which ones aren't, and it would be nice to see a few new programs from MS but whatever. Overall I like what I see.
The biggest thing for me is the smaller things, like burning an iso image from within windows without having to download anything. Wordpad is a perfect word replacement now, so if you need to write a letter or a paper but don't want a full blown office suite you can do that now.
DLed one build, I think something around 8000, tried to install it in Virtual Box. It crashed the box, haven't tried new versions ever since.
My first impressions were rather good. Like others have said, though, it uses too much disk space. 8GB is just too much for an OS. I'd like to see around half that, but I don't see Microsoft being able to shave off half its installation size before the final release.
My main system: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3.1Ghz, Nvidia 8800GT, 4GB RAM, Debian Lenny/Windows 7 dual-boot. My laptop (Compaq C700): Intel Celeron 1.7Ghz, Intel X3100, 1GB RAM, Ubuntu Lucid.
And 8 GB for Windows 7 is an improvement from Windows Vista, which required upwards of 15 GB of disk space for installation.
The RAM requirements of Ubuntu and Windows 7 are the more important requirement to look at rather than the required disk space.