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First thoughts


djbenny

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I got this on the friday that it was released 9th Jan.

my first impressions were good, i have it running in a VM with a gig of ram allocated to the machine and the bootup is fast, the overall performance is face and i think they have really made an improvement i am yet to test everythingo n there and have installed firefox which works fine, also getting the live essential pack to be able to use live messenger i am going to install office 2007 to see how that works, but the built in apps have been improved. most of them are taking on the ribbon, such as mspaint which has had a total makeover.

whats your thoughts?

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Chegs ®™

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Thanks anskyber,I'll look into that later.I also found the method to put My Computer/Document folders/Network,etc icons on my desktop(and went to bed so cant recall how I did it now)

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anskyber

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WLM. You should be able to drag the icon to the system tray. Either way you can unpin the icon and get rid of it. Select the arrow to the left of the systray and choose how you want each icon to appear.

Look in Control Panel and power options to choose a pwer plan to fit your need including the advanced section where you can set screen on of and the timing from there.

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Chegs ®™

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The missing driver turned out to be nForce chipset driver from Nvidia.I have just installed it & rebooted and now my Device Manager has no exclamation marks in it.

I have Win 7 installed on an HP 9700 laptop,and it didnt come with any motherboard driver CD so I had to spend quite some time downloading drivers from the HP.com website until I finally discovered the missing file(I used the Vista driver as there are no Windows 7 driver files on HP site)

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Chegs ®™

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I loaded AVG Free on Win 7 no problem so my guess is your download is corrupted.

I have 2 items in device manager that are missing drivers,a "coprocessor" and "sm bus controller" but these dont appear to be causing any issues with the rest of the machine.

I dont like having WLM sitting on the taskbar,and havent (yet) found a way to move it to the systray(where its been in every previous version of windows)

I'm unsure if the screen will ever go off fully when its not inuse,all I've seen so far is the screen dimming slightly.

I'm also still looking for the adjustment to put the icons for documents/My Computer/Network,etc on the desktop as I prefer the "classic" views.

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Totally-braindead

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I set it up last night and it seems fine, very stable and quick enough but i do have a dual core processor and 4 gig of RAM now.
Looks almost the same as Vista to be honest. I haven't fiddled about with it too much but probably will over the next few days and weeks.
Haven't any antivirus on it yet, tried AVG free and downloaded it twice and both times it said the download was corrupted so I'll have to see about that, I try downloading it on XP to a memory stick and try installing from that.

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Forum Editor

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that now my anti-virus software problem is resolved, Windows 7 seems to be humming along very nicely (Cue massive computer crash).

It seems to be stable enough, and it's certainly booting faster than my previous Vista installation. It rapidly went off and located some updated drivers for me, so my printer and video card have the latest Windows 7 compatible versions, and all in all it has so far been a relatively painless process.

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anskyber

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Interesting, so far.

The driver update system in W7 is so simple, mainly because it requires the least input from me of any of the OSs I have tried. I was offered updated drivers for my video card, USB mic and USB webcam.

On the whole I think it has dealt with the complaints some have (not me) about Vista and the control available over the taskbar is excellent. Things in Control Panel appear to be in the right place and set out in terms which are easier to understand.

If I knew nothing about using an OS I would say that it would be much easier to pick up than XP which felt to me as if experience or basic training is needed. On the whole it feels much more intuitive.

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woody

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I downloaded vista 7 with no problems.
When i did the same thing with vista ages ago i failed three times to get it working so this is a big step forward.
Why does it use ISO which MS -as far as i can tell - do not burn to DVD?I had to use a TP program.
The test set up had XP with 3 screens and to the eye was very fast except for large (800mb+) graphics.
The vista 7 is on the same pc except only one screen.
CPU 2.4ghz.
The PC is all but useless as even the basic solitaire takes 2 or 3 secs to move each card.
It looks to me that there are no drivers for the graph cards (2 yrs old).
I have just purch a new PC with vista and i do like it - but - any one with an (old!) setup that works as well as mine in XP would be advised to think twice before you buy OS upgrade.
The diff between Vista and Vista 7 is so small,to me,that i would not pay much for the upgrade - poss a tenner incl post.
Lots of eye candy for the kids - but is that what most bus users look for!
I would like to thank MS for letting me test this prog - great fun but i would not change my xp for vista 7.

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Zeppelyn

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Interesting to test but something I will not buy as I dont see any real improvement over Vista, the changes are more eye candy than anything, booting is a little quicker but will probably slow over time. The libraries for documents and pictures etc are just frustrating. I dont buy complete pc's but self build and buy a retail copy of Windows and dont see the cost of 7 as justified for the minor changes.

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anskyber

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IE8 seems very quick.

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