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Windows 7 Rocks!

Windows 7 Rocks!

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I’ve installed the M3 build of Windows 7 a week ago. I’ve installed it on my production laptop – all or nothing! :)  I had no problems with it at all, in fact, it’s a little bit faster than Vista was on the same hardware – will see how it changes after I install SQL and a few other apps.

I’m in a state of playing with it at the moment and found a funny feature that I couldn’t find documented so far – if I grab a window and shake it a little bit, all windows will minimize, except the one that I’ve grabbed.

I had one issue so far – it was with Windows Internet Explorer. It was crashing after I’ve installed the Adobe Viewer and Skype. I’ve disabled both add-ins and the problem was solved. I guess, there’s some compatibility issue with IE 8 extensibility which the guys will sort out in the next Beta releases.

One small issue that I’d note and I couldn’t figure out so far, was with video playing. The video is breaking up sometimes, like if the processor was not strong enough to play it. I’ll keep you posted if I find a solution.

These features were the most exciting in the last week:

  • The new taskbar: quick start and running programs are integrated. A good example: even when Outlook is running, I have only one Outlook icon on my screen (even if the Start menu is opened). In the past, I had one in the quick launch, one in the taskbar (running) and one in Start menu. It’s just much more logical and simple
  • Audio improvements: applications can be associated with different output devices (Media Player will use the speaker and Communicator/Skype will use your USB headset). When you receive a call, the music will automatically pause/lower
  • Network Centre: it’s just much more logical
  • Improved desktop search experience: if I type “encrypt”, BitLocker is coming up. You can simply write around what you are looking for and Desktop Search will find it for you
  • Ribbon everywhere: Paint has a ribbon and have you seen the new calculator? :)

So, if you ask me – I do recommend installing Windows 7. It’s very exciting and quite stable!

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  • Do you have an anti virus app running under 7?

    AV support uncertainty is the only thing that stops me from upgrading.

  • Jack, ForeFront is working with no problems and I've also tested eTrust, which also works fine!

  • I'm looking forward to this release. I must say that I was a little disappointed with Vista, but I watched a BBC review on this release and it looks much better

  • I'm using Vipre antivirus and antispyware on my win7 beta and it's working perfectly!

  • Running Avira, no issues.

    Other than problems with IE8 Beta, this OS is DA BOMB.

    Thank God, Vista sucks royally.

  • Windows 7 works perfectly with Kaspersky Anti-Virus.

    It's extremely fast, organizes your things well, has logical menus, and looks great.

    I HIGHLY recommend that you install this - it's great and has more driver and software support than Vista.

  • i use kaspersky internet security and as far as i can tell it works fine...

    i am jsut very shaky about the high prize win 7 pro will have, thats going to be the sad news...

    but i must wonder if there will be a vista refund ??

    win 7 is simply stated nice ... eye candy and functional,, i wish logitech webcams would be supported but i am sure this is logis fault and not micros....

  • First off, I am often a critic of Microsoft; especially with regard to vi$ta. That said, Windows 7 has exceeded every expectation.

    I've been running the beta version for months and will never go back. Once the Ultimate version is formally released, I'll be buying it.

    Cheers

  • I'm really liking what Microsoft does with their products lately.That said, it's still stupid I've been forced to buy a new copy of windows for every pc I buy. But that aside, Windows 7 is great.

  • Windows 7 would rock if they could change it to work like Windows XP.

    Windows 7 is a nightmare!

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