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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:14 am 
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I installed Windows 7 RC x86 a few weeks ago.
Here are the main specs of my computer:

Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz
2 GB RAM
ATI Radeon x1650pro 512MB

My computer is pretty old. I bought it in November 2004. I replaced video card later.

First impressions: Installation goes fast; most of hardware drivers were found during installation, the rest were found with windows update; the only thing was not detected was TV/FM card. I found drivers on manufacturers site, so there was no problem with that.

OS runs normaly even on my system. Can't say the same about Internet Explorer 8. It starts slowly, but mostly I use Firefox (which runs very fast on this computer).

I can say that i did not even try to install Vista on my computer. I used XP before installing Win 7.

Trial Adobe CS4 products run normaly, again this computer is not the best for running stuff like that in the era of really powerfull pcs. But still i can run these software without encountering significant inconvenience.

One thing i do not like in win 7 is while minimizing opened window and than clicking on any icon on the desktop, it takes 3 clicks to start program or file, or etc.

I have not tested yet Nikon software wich comes with my D90. I think everything will work fine. I'll test them later.

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Feeling a little silly this weekend. So I installed the Windows 7 RC on my primary/sole home machine :D. I've used it loads at work but never as a primary OS so this is going to be fun.

One thing that I'm quite impressed by is how it's managed to detect all my hardware so far.

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Trying to install it on my netbook at moment. Haven't started yet and it's already taken the morning.

I tried to copy the DVD image I previously downloaded from my file server. It stalls about 2/3 of the way through. Not a good start. No problem, download fresh copy from MS.
Right, time to burn the DVD. I can't find any of my DVD-RWs. I did find one unused DVD-R but my main PC wont recognise it :( A trip to the shops later I have a 10 pack of Asda brand RWs.
DVD image now burnt, I plugged in my external drive to the netbook and try booting from it. Nope. Just doesn't recognise it. On closer inspection, it turned out I put a CD drive in the enclosure not a DVD. Doh!
Tried swapping it with an old DVD-rom. It doesn't fit in the enclosure as it is about 1cm longer than the old drive. Argh!
Ok, I wont mount it inside and just run it outside. Nope, looks like the DVD-rom is too old to recognise a modern RW.

Now I'm about to pull a newer DVD drive out of a spare machine... and I'm starting to questioning why I even started this at all...

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popo wrote:
I'm starting to questioning why I even started this at all...


Because you're bored?

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That might be a contributing factor, although while browsing through the Canon EF lens work book I suddenly got an urge to shoot butterflies. A trip to the local butterfly farm is about to happen.

Elsewhere: The Win7 install is about finished now. I had Ubuntu Netbook remix on it previously and want to see how Win7 performs on it.

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Lenses: EF 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 28-80 V, 70-300L, 100-400L, TS-E 24/3.5L, MP-E 65, EF-S 15-85 IS
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popo wrote:
That might be a contributing factor, although while browsing through the Canon EF lens work book I suddenly got an urge to shoot butterflies. A trip to the local butterfly farm is about to happen.

Elsewhere: The Win7 install is about finished now. I had Ubuntu Netbook remix on it previously and want to see how Win7 performs on it.


How about a dualboot popo? :)

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Windows has never played that friendly with existing linux installs. I can't be bothered to repartition it, install windows and then restore the linux bootloader. The Ubuntu install wasn't that modified anyway so easy enough to run again later. I'll install it into Windows later.

Anyway, Win7 is on the Acer One now and seems to be running quite responsively. Definitely more responsive than Vista, maybe even on a par with XP.

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I cut back on the number of cores (2 -> 1) allocated to my Win 7 RC virtual machine and it has slowed significantly and it now seems slower than my XP vm used to be. Not a complaint, just an observation but it seems that in the multi-core era, XP is still faster at single core usage.

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Have played about with it a little more now. IE seems to be playing weird, and wont let me download anything. That's on default settings, fully patched up, no extras. I had to download and copy firefox over to get a normal like system.

Responsiveness is good, better than Vista is on higher spec machines. Common to Vista I've managed to turn off some but not all scrolling visual effects that I find annoying.

The built in card reader was the only device not to have a driver included or available through windows update. The Vista one doesn't work on it, but a trip to the original manufacturer's web site got the latest and all is good.

The Atom CPU definitely isn't the fastest, ok for the OS although applications running on it are slightly more sluggish when the going gets tough than on higher spec systems. FWIW the windows score is 2 limited by the gfx, with CPU is next lowest at 2.2.

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Lenses: EF 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 28-80 V, 70-300L, 100-400L, TS-E 24/3.5L, MP-E 65, EF-S 15-85 IS
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS, Celestron 1325/13
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I hereby declare that Win7 RC is "good enough" for me to run day to day on the netbook :) I have been using it almost daily since the installation last week.

Stability has been perfect. The odd Vista like annoyance box pops up, where I'll have to find out how to turn all that stuff off later. I have no complaints on responsiveness compared to XP. That reduces my fears of switching to it for my next main system. I'm almost looking forward to it although it's the thought of more hardware that's the main draw.

One minor annoyances which is probably not limited to Win7 are a few dialog boxes have been too big to fit on the 600 pixel height of the screen, resulting in some keyboard shortcut guessing to get around it.

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I love the mouse gestures for controlling the window actions. This is something OSX sorely needs, more than Windows ever did in the first place.

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I missed that!

Been using windows pretty much as I have done since '95. I'm slowly getting used to the new start window. Ok, it was first put into XP, but could be turned back to classic mode in XP and Vista, but not in Win7 as far as I can find so far.

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The start menu has had that layout since 2001 ...

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I just really like the classic start menu as I find it much faster for how I use it. XP and Vista let you switch to classic mode, which I do on any computer I use.

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Well, the "Classic" start menu was introduced in 1995. 6 years later in 2001, XP introduced the new start menu layout. If you'd picked it up then, in 2009 when Windows 7 removes the old "Classic" option you would have had 8 years of using the new layout ;)

In my mind, the XP/Vista/7 layout is "Classic" ;)

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