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#1 Cirno

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:49 PM

Hello Gaming World. I wanted to know what you guys think about Windows 7, for those of us who have used it.
Currently it's in Beta 1, and I find it to be VERY stable and fast.
Apparently from some other people I've heard it runs better than XP on some systems (especially netbooks)

Anyone else use it? What are your thoughts.


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Posted 07 January 2009 - 03:59 PM

I installed it the other day. It's amazing, even though it's a beta I haven't had any problems with it (except the current WMP 12 deleting seconds off the front of your MP3s but that's easily fixed by making them read only). Everything I've thrown at it (which isn't a lot at the moment) has worked perfectly, the new taskbar is a really good idea and works really well. It's actually fun to do stuff on the desktop now, wait, that sounds retarded, I mean it's not a chore to work with anymore. The new photo gallery software is good as well, it has automatic face detection, tagging and facebook uploading.

The actual public beta is supposed to hit either today or sometime between now and next week.
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#3 Carrion Crow

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:16 PM

I wish I had a machine that wasn't so full of FILES and stuff to install it on. I was half tempted to get a new HD to try out the new windows on but I spent that money elsewhere.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:47 AM

i've heard lots of good things about windows 7, and after reading this article about the new taskbar, i just have to download it and give it a try. I'll probably install it on a virtual machine first, but i've decided im going to skip vista altogether and adopt windows 7 as early as possible.

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#5 Mama Luigi

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 07:24 AM

Windows 7 is basically what Vista should have been. It's a more polished and much better performing Vista (even outperforms XP in many areas). I'm just echoing dozens of articles you can find online. The verdict on the beta thusfar - it rocks.

As a Vista user, I'm excited at the prospect of upgrading come release day.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 07:28 AM

Windows has precisely one advantage over other operating systems: historical compatibility.

Windows 7, and indeed, the entire glut of non-free software, does little but force more licenses down the throats of end-users for a marginal upgrade.

At least they are making measures towards the laughable "anti-monopoly" regulations by getting rid of their DRM-infested media player.

#7 Carrion Crow

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:24 AM

As a Vista user, I'm excited at the prospect of upgrading come release day.


Pretty much this - my machine runs vista really well because I built it with that in mind. Given that some are saying that Windows 7 uses less resources that XP its going to make a lot of difference to the amount of memory used when idling (When mine starts up it's 1 gig used just for Vista which is a bit of a pisstake).

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 04:34 AM

It's on bittorrent of course, but I'm waiting for the legit beta...

On January 9th, the Windows 7 Beta will be available for Windows enthusiasts to download via the Windows 7 page on Windows.com. The Windows 7 Beta is going to be available download-only (we’re not sending out physical media) and available for a limited time to the first 2.5 million people who download the beta.


http://windowsteambl...ows-7-beta.aspx

Edit: Ah shit, it's only an upgrade from Vista SP1

#9 hingedshinobi

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 10:08 PM

It's on bittorrent of course, but I'm waiting for the legit beta...

http://windowsteambl...ows-7-beta.aspx

Edit: Ah shit, it's only an upgrade from Vista SP1


Thats only if you choose upgrade when you are installing it. it'll only upgrade from Vista SP1. You shouldn't completely replace your original OS anyway seeing as it is only a beta. you can just partition your drive and install 7 on that and still be able to access your Vista (or whatever) stuff.
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#10 Carrion Crow

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 10:20 PM

I did this tonight and it's pretty fucking sweet. I am very impressed.

My system:
AMD 5000+ X2 @ 2.6
8800 GTS 320MB
2GB DDR2 PC6400

It runs a lot more smoothly than vista, nothing about it lags. Vista would idle on startup with a gig of ram in use, this uses about 500/600 depending on whats going on when you switch on.

It got all the drivers for all my things within 5 mins of me turning it on and it didn't need to restart for 90% of them.

Did I mention its blisteringly fast?

My only concern is that it has not mounted one of my partitions. I think I will be able to solve that with a little foolery.

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Installation was a breeze, I just made a partition and did a custom install - when you restart it asks you if you want to boot in 7 or Vista so you don't have to replace your OS.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 01:09 AM

I'm downloading the beta now, and I've got my key.  I can't wait to get in on this.
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Posted 11 January 2009 - 01:28 AM

Thats only if you choose upgrade when you are installing it. it'll only upgrade from Vista SP1. You shouldn't completely replace your original OS anyway seeing as it is only a beta. you can just partition your drive and install 7 on that and still be able to access your Vista (or whatever) stuff.


Oh, haha. I should have noticed that. Thanks for clearing that up.

I've been planning to do a clean install of XP again, so I'll dual boot it with Windows 7 this time. My system isn't nearly as powerful as crumply's, but I gotta try it anyway.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:32 AM

I'm on Windows 7 now, and it's pretty nice so far.  It installed without a hitch, and now I'm checking to see if some of my favorite programs work okay.

So far Rough Draft (my favorite free word processor ever) works just fine.  This is good because it didn't work with Vista until SP1.
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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:48 AM

Okay, I just experienced my first glitch, but it's more funny than bad.  It's not harming anything, so it's not really a big deal.

In Windows Media Player, one song that is only 6 minutes long is listed as over an hour long.  While playing, if I skip to another part of the song, it says 45 minutes or whatever. 

I'm wondering if it's listing songs that are six minutes long as 60 minutes long.  It doesn't do this to any other songs.
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Posted 11 January 2009 - 03:22 AM

Just installed Windows 7 beta on my HP Mini 2133 netbook and it runs smooth, even with all eye candy enabled. Windows 7 is just amazing. Last time I was this hyped by an operating system was Windows 95.

I have had absolutely no problem so far except for Google Chrome crashing once but that was only a minor crash since I can not duplicate it. Even the Internet Explorer 8 works like a charm.

#16 Carrion Crow

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 11:38 AM

Yeah some people have mentioned that WMP deletes music randomly so watch out for that one. I have been playing tracks for hours now and it hasn't done it.

I also lol'ed at the track timer. Something's pretty wrong there.

I preferred the black WMP I wish I could change it back.

It has a cool feature where it randomises desktop wallpapers.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:00 PM

Yeah some people have mentioned that WMP deletes music randomly so watch out for that one. I have been playing tracks for hours now and it hasn't done it.

I also lol'ed at the track timer. Something's pretty wrong there.

I preferred the black WMP I wish I could change it back.

It has a cool feature where it randomises desktop wallpapers.


There is a fix for that WMP bug now, not sure if it is on Windows Update yet though. All it did was cut about 2 seconds off the start of a track if the metadata header thing was over 16k, which is most common with tracks that have their album artwork in the header. But it isn't a problem anymore.

I have found another bug though, I created an auto playlist for songs I rated 4+ stars and then put it on shuffle. Then went through my library and rated some more songs and it added them to the playlist but when I play them it plays the other songs in the playlist. I had to restart WMP to get it work.

Also, to do with the superbar. When you pin an application to it and then uninstall the program you can't remove the icon. It gives you the option to but it doesn't actually do anything.
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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:01 PM

Gadgets are also somewhat nonexistent. I wanna know what the temperature is outside goddammit!

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:09 PM

It has a cool feature where it randomises desktop wallpapers.


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#20 Carrion Crow

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 03:11 PM

[macwars]If they released new game titles for the mac and the hardware was 1/2 the price I'd be typing this message on one right now![/macwars]

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