Now that Windows 7 beta 1 is out in the wild I can't resist sharing my experiences with Windows 7 Beta 1 on my ASUS Eee PC 1000H Netbook (also see My ASUS Eee PC 1000H Netbook and Windows Vista Experiences) I did a fresh install and the system is upgraded with 2GB RAM, 2GB ReadyBoost SD card, 200GB disk.
To help you get up and running with Windows 7 I've listed the device drivers, software packages I've installed that work just fine plus a few minor tweaks I made!!
First impressions are awesome, system is responsive, stable, search is fast, battery life great and the environment is more consistent and visually appealing.
I love the new unified taskbar with application preview that IMHO combines the best of previous generation Windows and OS X Taskbars and makes for a much more consistent experience.
Battery life on the system is pretty similar to running Windows XP and Vista. With the network off, screen dimmed, power set to 'Power saver' then getting 5 or so hours, watched part of a movie, did some email, read a few docs, edited a few pictures, wrote this blog item etc.. Yes, you'll notice better memory utilisation but I have 2 gig of RAM installed so not really much of an issue.
There are a ton of great reviews on the web about Windows 7 and this entry is more about my experiences on the ASUS Eee PC, but a quick summary of the cool stuff I like:-
Most of what I needed for Windows 7 on my ASUS Eee PC 1000H was part of the default install but I had to manually install the network drivers and ASUS utilities.
Also be sure to install the "Update for Windows 7" and run Windows Update after the network drivers are installed!!
Installed as part of Windows 7 but run Windows Update for the latest release of drivers from Intel. As at time of writing this was pre release version 188.8.131.520
Installed driver only
Current Version: 184.108.40.206
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface Driver
Patched driver from http://gecko.me/?acpifix fixes Vista and Windows 7 driver incompatibility.
Bar the changes listed below everything else is as default - Super Fetch running, Aero running - Aero auto switches off when on battery and Power Saver mode selected.
Enjoy Windows 7 beta 1 on your Netbook and be sure to send your feedback to the product group via the "Send Feedback" links scattered across most parts of the OS.