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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    Well it hasn't crashed yet (OK it BSODed once when I tried to install the wrong drivers on it but that was my fault), it's defintiely trimmer and slicker than Vista, and thus far I'm enjoying Windows 7. Lifehacker is throwing out some nice tips for the early adopter as are the usual MS bloggers and life is good.

    Anyone else trying it out at the moment? What do you think? It's free for a year if you fancy a go with the Release Candidate
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    I've been using it since the day the RC came out. My only issue with it so far is that it will install Pro Tools 8 but won't run it. And I managed to get it to hang once when I was playing with Photoshop. Other than that, it's been great, and I'll gladly plunk down some money for it when Digidesign get their ducks in a row for my goddamn Pro Tools.
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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    I like it! Only been using it for a couple of weeks, and much of that has been spent trying to triple boot 7, XP and Leopard. Headaches all round.
    It won't run my antiquated copy of Logic 5.5 (hence Leopard and Logic 8!) and it has difficulty with my KX project drivers. It also won't remember my network password, so I have to enter that every bloody time I log on. Those issues aside, it runs smoother than Vista ultimate and stuffs a couple of nice features in. I actually enjoy using it.
    • CommentAuthorPablo
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    So, is it more XP than Vista?
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    No. its Vista, but not coded by spastic monkies on coke.
    • CommentAuthorE0157H7
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    Yay, it's time to get an updated Windows OS that doesn't make me go to my angry place. Although if Microsoft had spent an extra year on Vista we could have had Seven two years ago.

    I'd switch everything over to Ubuntu except that it's very hard to get Linux working on notebooks properly.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    @E0157H7
    Actually, it's not that hard, and with Ubuntu, it's probably easier than installing Vista, or W7.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
     (6071.8)
    I installed the RC as an inplace upgrade on my average Vostro home box. The in-place upgrade gave me a few warnings up front, and I had to uninstall a few minor items and one major one, namely the Cisco VPN client. The minor items were all things like the ATI Control Panel and other such stuff I haven't missed.

    The upgrade was painless, and not only has the machine not crashed, it seems to have cured an annoying issue I was having where the network card would lose connectivity until the cable was unplugged. Or that could have been the Cisco client...

    In any case, the machine is snappier and everything works that I need to, although I'm largely a browser-based lifeform.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    Still running the Win7 Beta since it came out, been too lazy to get the RC installed yet, and much happier with it than I am with Vista on the work laptop. Outside of some occasional video driver weirdness with the newest Nvidia drivers and a few small, lingering Vista bits, I really don't have any complaints with it.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    Actually Styg just reminded me of the only nagging issue I have. My built-in LAN port seems to need a disable/re-enable cycle right when I start up. I'm sure it's some driver issue, but it's pretty annoying. That's pretty much it.
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    I'm loving it so far. No problems at all (not that I really had anything other than a couple of minor annoyances on Vista, anyway). And this sucker is fast. At least so far it's definitely the best OS i've used...
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    I've had it since it was first released on the bittorent sites, and ohmygodiloveit. Such and improvement over Vista, which I never hated, and a worthy successor to XP.
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    Is it set out the same way as Vista? And does it treat you like an idiot the same way Vista does?

    If not I might give it a shot, but I really hate Vista. I only use it when I need to use my Dad's laptop for something, so maybe I just haven't spent enough time getting used to it.
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    I really haven't had any problems with vista. A few small bugs, but I expect those in any OS. You can turn off the "cancel or allow" thingpretty easily, and once that's gone I've had no problems.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    Corey - It still has the same dumbed-down Explorer and use all the various "Foo Center" metaphors instead of simple Control Panels for most stuff. Took me a while to find the network adapter settings at first. That sort of thing is still there, but you can turn a lot of it off.

    Also, there's a sort of search-based "Libraries" function replacing "My Documents" etc, that I still haven't quite gotten used to. They are trying to de-emphasize where your stuff is physically stored, which is good and all if it works and you trust it. I haven't quite relaxed into it yet.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    Yeah, with my massive libraries of stuff in discrete locations, I've yet to give the Libraries feature a proper go, as I like knowing where things are. But the ability to mark folders as Favorites is quite welcome, I do love the revised Taskbar, and I can't go back to not having the Win+Arrow Keys shortcuts.
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2009
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    @kperkins - If MS has spent another year on Vista, it might have contained the stuff it was actually supposed to, but it wouldn't have been any more lightweight. Possibly even bulkier. I still wish that WinFS would appear one day.

    @E0157H7 - Yes Win7 will put you in a happier place. The UI - taskbar in particualr - is different from XP but that's not a bad thing. It also comes with an XP VPC builtin that you can boot directly to on startup if you start feeling withdrawal symptoms :-)

    @Stygmata - Cisco VPN Client doesn't like working on anything that's not a 32 bit version of the current or previous OS. It sucks but Cisco are pretty lazy about it. Almost as bad as Adobe and their reluctance to do a 64bit flash plugin.

    @Corey - The UAC stuff is still there, but there's now a control panel otion to dial it down from being incessantnly annoying to off.

    @pi8you - Libraries, homegroups and the weirdness that's occurring with my documents folder have led me to try out xplorer2 for a trial period. Windows Explorer was always a little underpowered I think.

    One of the instant gratification points are the nicer personalisation options including decent user-generated themes. A Freakangels and a black summer Win7 theme for tonight then....
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    I like that if you don't like the new setup, you can put it into "XP" mode...
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      CommentAuthordispophoto
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2009
     (6071.19)
    people still use windows?

    wow.

    (running OSX both home & work, and streaming videos over a gigabit network via a readyNAS to 10 other macs in the department)

    i've yet to have any of my machines crash in OSX, (except for the occasional software lockup) although the two ancient 800mhz machines we've had for 7 years can't handle H.264 .MP4s...
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    MOST people still use windows. Why? There's nothing you can do on an Mac that you can't do on PC, but the opposite is not true without dual booting or something similar.


    And I've been using Windows for a couple of decades now and never suffered a crash.