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Tannin
10-01-2009, 12:31am
Windows 7 is now in beta. Read all about it here (http://xkcd.com/528/)

ricktas
10-01-2009, 6:51am
Nothing exciting really, from my point of view.

I cracked up when I saw this bit of the media release"Users will be able to download a test version of Windows 7 from today. A final, glitch-free version is expected to go on sale in about a year."

A glitch free version? Yeah right. What was it about pigs and lipstick?

Kym
10-01-2009, 6:55am
:D
Win 7 should be free for Vista users - its just a big service pack! :action:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=632&tag=nl.e539

MattC
08-05-2009, 7:53pm
Just reviving an oldish thread - does anyone plan on getting this? I head it is either now released or soon to be.
I am needing to upgrade my PC at the end of the year, and am hoping to run W7 on it - just not sure if CS3 etc will be o.k.?

pgbphotographytas
08-05-2009, 8:32pm
Just reviving an oldish thread - does anyone plan on getting this? I head it is either now released or soon to be.
I am needing to upgrade my PC at the end of the year, and am hoping to run W7 on it - just not sure if CS3 etc will be o.k.?

Just look at it as more of a big service pack for Vista rather then a totally new OS.
I have access to Vista if I want it but I have XP on my home computer and I use XP at work so it is easier to keep them all the same but I am planning on putting Vista on my laptop soon when I get some time to do it.

Paul

Richard Hall
08-05-2009, 8:40pm
Win 7 should be free for Vista users - its just a big service pack! :action:

Too damn right! :th3:

dbax
08-05-2009, 9:21pm
What was it about pigs and lipstick?

and pigs might fly as well........swine flu.....boom boom:D

Kym
08-05-2009, 9:26pm
Win 7 is a big service pack for Vista - the fact they want money for it is criminal.

Kodi
09-05-2009, 4:47am
I'm using both the 32 and 64bit versions and there is no way i will be going back to Vista or xp its a great system and have had no problems with either versions.
You can download the release candidate versions from microsoft HERE (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/)

ilminsterpete
09-05-2009, 5:02am
I am also running the release candidate. I like it so far. :D

MattC
09-05-2009, 1:40pm
Win 7 is a big service pack for Vista - the fact they want money for it is criminal.

Fair enough if you already have Vista, but I am (and I would think a lot of other people) still running XP, and I doubt when I upgrade my PC that XP or possibly even Vista will be available - hence the question about compatability.

Slide
11-05-2009, 8:22pm
A big service pack for Vista?... bugger my vista would have to not crash for long enough to actually download it. It's a bit like a blind persons cross here sign, a good intention but useless to those who its intended to help.

thelastname
19-05-2009, 7:24pm
Vista is much like Win Me, the in between OS.

birdie
25-05-2009, 9:54pm
Windows 7 is a ground up rewrite of Vista... its a much better OS... though i haven't had any issues with Vista myself... it took a bit of getting used to thats all...

The experts are saying Windows 7 is the best Microsoft OS ever... it even runs on older machines, runs great on netbooks.

The biggest problem with Vista is public perception... everyone thinks because some says its bad that thats the truth... but to be prefectly honest with SP1, Vista is perfectly fine now...

Tannin
25-05-2009, 10:05pm
You mean it actually works some of the time now? Sheesh ......

There ae three classes of computer user. (a) Joe the ordinary user. Joe hates Vista. (b) People with a good technical grasp, generally (but not always) professionals. 75% of pros regard Vista as the worst MS OS ever. 10% think ME was the worst one. 10% can live with it, though these same 10% probably think IIS has a great security model and Frontpage writes clean HTML. The other 5% shudder every time they remember Windows 3.0 and think Vista doesn't quite manage the worst-ever crown, though it's close. Oh, and (c), people who like Vista. No-one that I have ever met understands why. Personally, I don't believe it's the sort of thing you can cure with drugs, though surgery is probably worth a try.

birdie
26-05-2009, 8:43am
Umm... first off... i don't have any trouble with it... though I've turned off UAC as soon as setup the computer.

Secondly, I'm a IT Technician myself and no I don't think IIS has a great security model, or Frontpage writes clean HTML...(Personally I either use notepad and create the code from scratch (PHP generally) or use Dreamweaver for the syntax highlighting and a few of its features)

I've seen and heard a lot of the well known professionals say Vista isn't bad now, but the horse has already bolted the gate for MS to fix the public perceptions.

I use both Vista and XP Pro on a daily basis, and I honestly can say that i do not have any problems with Vista...

thelastname
27-05-2009, 7:34pm
I think the best move MS has done is made it available to everyone to test it.

My thoughts so far, it seems to run better then Vista. But it is a clean install when Vista was installed some 6+ months ago.

I'm not to sure that the fact I've also gone 64bit Win7 over 32bit Vista has anything to do with better performance.

We'll see how things are in 3 months.

Mind you I've had no major issues with Vista or Win7.

Tannin
27-05-2009, 7:47pm
Thelastname, Win7 most assuredly does run better than Vista. (Well, OK, what doesn't?) But the difference is massive. Our first test install was, quite deliberately, on a mid-life cycle machine, the sort of thing that runs W2K or XP perfectly happily, but is brought toits knees by Vista. It was a ypical, middle-of-the-road 2-3 year-old system: Sempron 3100, 1GB DDR, ordinary everyday graphicsd card - Geforce 4 5200, I think, can't remember exactly now, but in any case, a perfectly capable little card for everything except full-on gaming, typical modern hard drive.

The result: it ran Win7 perfectly decently. A little slower than XP on that same machine, but only a very little. Try Vista on that same hardware and you have a complete clagfest.

Now, that doesn't mean that Windows 7 is good. It simply means that Windows 7 isn't much worse than the ancient Windows XP. So it's OK. Just OK. But if you are comparing it to Vista .... well, everything is good if you compare it to Vista.

oldfart
03-06-2009, 8:30am
Windows 7 will ship according to ARN today on October the 22nd

Making Vista's life cycle about the same as that other recent o/s disaster Windows ME.

Kym
03-06-2009, 10:47am
Windows 7 will ship according to ARN today on October the 22nd
Making Vista's life cycle about the same as that other recent o/s disaster Windows ME.

Spent some time with Microsoft recently (local MS tech consultant type) in the context of negotiating an enterprise agreement (puke).
They intend to have major releases more often now.
He said XP <> Vista gap was too long.
To my way of thinking it means they can get more revenue as they charge for each release.
He also said Win 7 is a big service pack plus a bit more. Which is really crook in my opinion! :action:
That Vista is sub standard ... they should fix it for free (supply Win 7 to Vista users for free).

The good news about Win7 is the driver model etc. has been left alone. So we won't have most of the XP > Vista incompatibility issues. Mind you if XP > Win7 then plan on replacing hardware.

milspec
03-06-2009, 11:05am
I've been using Windows 7 for a few months now and find that it is far more responsive than Vista. This is mainly due to the fact that Microsoft has scrapped a lot of their legacy core code and re-written it from scratch. My advise, give it a go, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Kym
03-06-2009, 11:08am
I've been using Windows 7 for a few months now and find that it is far more responsive than Vista. This is mainly due to the fact that Microsoft has scrapped a lot of their legacy core code and re-written it from scratch. My advise, give it a go, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

If you are using Vista I agree 100% ... Win7 is much better.

If you are on XP then it depends. Only upgrade if you really need to. We will be forced to eventually.
From what our tech people say Win7 and XP perform similarly. I.e. better than Vista.

SpaceJunk
21-06-2009, 9:58am
I'm quite happy with win7 on an older machine that was running XP, and will probably do a hardware update and run the 64bit version when its released, I hear rumours that directx 11 will allow programs to easily access the GPU with suitable tasks which will hopefully mean better performance for image manipulation tasks, ATI is rumoured to have dx 11 parts awaiting the release of win7? :D

milspec
21-06-2009, 10:10am
I've been running 7 for about 3 months now. Performance is much better than vista as is it's stability. The memory footprint seems much smaller which indicates a re-write of the core components. My advice : if your using Vista go to Windows 7. If you think they both suck, go to Ubuntu :p

CapnBloodbeard
23-06-2009, 9:12pm
Rumour has it that new systems with Vista Home Premium, business or ultimate wil have a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out....

Hoping so, because I'm getting a laptop soon :-)

Anybody know what's going to happen to the release candidate once the program is released?

Will it be feasible to keep using it, or is that inadvisable, or what?

Kym
23-06-2009, 9:21pm
Rumour has it that new systems with Vista Home Premium, business or ultimate wil have a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out....
Hoping so, because I'm getting a laptop soon :-)
Anybody know what's going to happen to the release candidate once the program is released?
Will it be feasible to keep using it, or is that inadvisable, or what?

Not a rumour... But caveats...


Starting on July 1, 2009 any new systems purchased will be eligible for the no-charge update. In addition to purchasing the PC after that date, there are three more rules:

* End users must purchase a new PC that is pre-installed with an eligible Windows Vista OS. Retail boxed Vista versions likely won't qualify.
* Your computer must have a valid Windows Vista COA attached.
* The only Windows Vista® versions eligible for the program are Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate. Vista basic users are out of luck.

Oh yeah, there's one more little detail that may be important:
Participation in the program is optional, so it's ultimately up to the OEM that builds your system to allow the upgrade. In all fairness, this has been the case with every other Windows upgrade -- and almost all vendors participate. YOU NEED TO ASK FOR THE UPGRADEABLE VERSION

You must ask for the option and get the coupon!

CapnBloodbeard
23-06-2009, 9:42pm
Starting July 1? That'd be bloody right - the day after all the 'end of financial year sales' end.

Dell has a 15% off coupon that finishes end of this month.....Hmm, what to do...

Kym
24-06-2009, 10:25am
Rumah! Murmah! Rumor!

http://windows7center.com/news/rumor-windows-7-rtm-sign-off-on-july-13/


FINAL ROADMAP FOR WINDOWS 7 [CLIENT-SERVER]:
6/1 – 6/19 BUILDING RTM ESCROW – already assembled RTM ESCROW.
6/22 – 7/10 RTM RECALL – assembly and search for candidates to the final RTM release.
7/10 WINDOWS 7 RTM FINAL BUILD TARGET – build day “gold code”.
7/13 WINDOWS 7 RTM SIGN-OFF – the date of signing the final RTM release!

13th of July ... mmmm ..... Glad I'm not superstitious ! :efelant:

CapnBloodbeard
26-06-2009, 4:49pm
Well the rumour came true - as of today, most manufacturer's offer free upgrade to windows 7 if you buy a new system with Home Premium or above between now and....I think January next year
http://www.cnet.com.au/microsoft-hikes-win7-prices-for-australia-339297112.htm

I wonder if there's going to be an academic release? Vista Ultimate academic is only $80 (the free upgrade only applies to new systems though)

There will be a highly discounted pre-order available. $50 for Americans, not sure how much it is over here but Microsoft have confirmed it will be available

ozdevil
12-07-2009, 3:15pm
would be better of waiting another 12 months before getting it really when the bugs have been so called fixed

if i could understand lunix properly i would be using that far more stable then windows ever was

Kym
12-07-2009, 3:20pm
would be better of waiting another 12 months before getting it really when the bugs have been so called fixed

if i could understand lunix properly i would be using that far more stable then windows ever was

Not in this case. Win 7 is just a big service pack to vista.
It is the most stable 1st release every from M$ - because its really the 4th release of Vista (RTM, SP1, SP2, Win7) and they have the gall to charge for it.

Linux has its place but to use it for desktop does require a change in thinking and new skills; as well as alternate software apps.

Kym
12-08-2009, 12:11pm
Now running Windows 7 release version at home and here at work.
(Via MSDN subscription - retail Oct 22nd)

Observations:
- Its faster than Vista, uses less memory than Vista.
- I had a couple of driver issues on th HP/Compaq notebook - resolved by latest drives.
- The GUI is better than Vista - some annoyances gone - Yay!

pgbphotographytas
12-08-2009, 12:28pm
I have been running Win7 at work for the past week and a half, so far I am very happy with it and have found no issues.

I @ M
12-08-2009, 12:35pm
Observations:
- Its faster than Vista, uses less memory than Vista.
- I had a couple of driver issues on th HP/Compaq notebook - resolved by latest drives.
- The GUI is better than Vista - some annoyances gone - Yay!

Hmm with all those attributes I wonder why they called it "7" when they could have given it a more interesting code like ------ XP ------ :D

Kym
12-08-2009, 12:50pm
Hmm with all those attributes I wonder why they called it "7" when they could have given it a more interesting code like ------ XP ------ :D

Windows 2009? :rolleyes:

brindyman
12-08-2009, 2:35pm
Hmm with all those attributes I wonder why they called it "7" when they could have given it a more interesting code like ------ XP ------ :D


Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore "Windows 7" just makes sense.

^ 7th version of Windows ;) :D makes sense hope that clears it up

I use vista.....i have no reason to go to windows 7 vista does everything fine for me havent had any problems with it whatso ever....but then i did my research before i built my machine all my hardware is compatible with vista so i knew i wouldnt have any problems with it....im sure ill migrate to windows 7 eventually but i dont see that happening anytime soon.

wideangle
26-08-2009, 2:16pm
So are there any ideas of prices for the full retail box version of Windows 7?

Kym
26-08-2009, 2:18pm
So are there any ideas of prices for the full retail box version of Windows 7?

http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/pcs/microsoft-unveils-windows-7-prices-20090626-czbg.html

wideangle
26-08-2009, 2:18pm
Pricing for Windows 7 - http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/148599,official-windows-7-australian-pricing-announced-see-how-it-compares-to-vista.aspx

dh52726
30-08-2009, 9:16pm
Not in this case. Win 7 is just a big service pack to vista.
It is the most stable 1st release every from M$ - because its really the 4th release of Vista (RTM, SP1, SP2, Win7) and they have the gall to charge for it.

Linux has its place but to use it for desktop does require a change in thinking and new skills; as well as alternate software apps.

i gotta disagree on that.

Win 7 is a significant rewrite of Windows, its GUI is an update to Vista but thats about it. Of course it shares the same core kernel but its has to otherwise it wont be Windows.

Every new OS is essentially a big service pack to the old one.

As for the linux side of things. As long as you have the apps you need its great. I use it as my file server and torrent box (to get linux iso's of course) i reckon linux is great for a specific tasks but not what i could you it as a desktop replacement to XP or OSX its just not supported by enough software vendors (this will change soon though) you have the Option of Wine to use Windows based apps in linux which is great though.

thelastname
31-08-2009, 9:01pm
A think I found the other day is you can download and run Windows XP Mode via Windows Virtual PC (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx) for free, on Windows 7 for those still attached to the old OS.

Now you may ask why. For some reason Win7 RC would not run my scanner (I'm sure it will be right by final release) so in the ended I decided to try XP on Virtual PC and managed to get it working.

Kym
31-08-2009, 9:04pm
i gotta disagree on that.

Win 7 is a significant rewrite of Windows, its GUI is an update to Vista but thats about it. Of course it shares the same core kernel but its has to otherwise it wont be Windows.

Every new OS is essentially a big service pack to the old one.

Vista was a much bigger change from XP (eg. driver model and a whole bunch of stuff) whereas the changes between Vista and 7 are much less. More re-write happened XP > Vista than Vista > 7.

arthurking83
31-08-2009, 10:03pm
whilst OI was waiting for some print to develop a while back I had a play with Vista on a PC they had running to showcase how 'well' :rolleyes: it works.. and thanks.. but definitely no thanks!

I noticed that at idle Vista 64 with some u-bute Apple inspired graphical access panel running across the lower edge of the screen.. why do they have to copy Apple for christs sake.. isn't it bad enough that nave this kind of crap to annoy their users!? :action:
I wanted Windows because I couldn't stand Apples hold my hand and babyme approach to computing! :rolleyes: uber-trendo-cyber-chic at it's worst.. anyhow, enough rant.

What I wanna know is:

*how much memory is Win7 running compared to stupid insane Vista.
*I want 64bit(for future proofiness). Only reason is I'm assuming CaptureNX(future edition) is going to become 64bit one day(probably years after the D9xs has been available second hand on ebay for $1K :p). I want ram.. and tons of it! probably 64Tb of it in the end so I want. So 64bit is an important and I want todays hardware for tomorrow(if that makes sense) I use PC's for 5-6 years at a minimum.. I'm not a rampant upgrader for the sake of rampant ugrading. My current XP box has been running(now groaning) under the strain of never having any kind of refresh/re-install for over 6 ot 7 years.. with never a hint of a problem.
*I'm thinking Win7 is the real upgrade from WinXP, as in the years to come, I suspect software for XP will be thin on the ground.. remember the next time I'm looking to upgrade it'll probably be very much closer to 2020, than to 2010.
*I want fast-ish hardware at normal people pricing, not gamers pricing!... running an OS with as little puff as possible, as CNX likes to use up over 1G of ram with a single NEF loaded! :eek: so I don't need 1.5G of ram being used up by the OS too! :p
*sounds like Win7 is the way forward?

have plenty of time to contemplate, and have been thinking of dumping the current drives in favour of installing a new drive(1 of 4) I've had sitting for 4 years now.
The mountain of data backups(meaningless personal garbage, not the important photographic stuff.. that's all backed up on an external drive, and on separate drives in the box itself anyhow. Saving insignificant personal files/emails/text files/etc is going to take a while to finalise.

Is it worth trying out Win7 on an (AMD)Athlon XP3200 system with only 2gigs of ram?

Richard Hall
31-08-2009, 11:44pm
*how much memory is Win7 running compared to stupid insane Vista.

*I'm thinking Win7 is the real upgrade from WinXP

*sounds like Win7 is the way forward?

*Is it worth trying out Win7 on an (AMD)Athlon XP3200 system with only 2gigs of ram?

Been running Win 7 x64 here since Beta, RC and now running Win 7 Ultimate x64 from MSDN sub.

Memory usage is very low, surprisingly low I've found. I've got Win 7 x86 RC on my lappy and memory usage sits at about 750-800MB (Core 2 Duo @ 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM), this is compared to around 1GB for XP and 1.5GB for Vista. A quick check also reveals the number of processes the O/S is running is also significantly less compared to both Vista and XP. I'm still amazed to see it running with only 700-800MB in use...fantastic!

On my Desktop running x64 (Core i7 920 @3.2GHz, 6GB RAM) memory use currently sits around 1.4GB, but this has significantly more applications running in the background on boot-up and you'll find the more RAM you have the more it'll attempt to load into it anyway..... It's caching of applications on this system is wonderful (explains why more RAM has been used also). Frequently used programs which often take a little while to start open up almost immediately. Vista's caching was fairly impressive but this is much more responsive than Vista in this regard and further more so than XP.

Benchmarked performance overall is pretty much the same as XP (on my lappy), that's to say it's fast. Unlike Vista which also feels sluggish in use, everything happens quickly and feels very snappy. Oh, boot times!!! That's another area I'm amazed with, damn it boots fast!!! Faster than XP or Vista by a looooong shot!

I'll be installing the x86 RC on my wife's EeePC soon and I'll be very curious to see how it performs and feels compared to XP which it's currently running. It does only have a wee Atom 1.6GHz CPU and 1GB RAM afterall. :rolleyes: When I get chance to get around to it, I'll post up my findings. :)

Yep, Windows 7 is the O/S Microsoft should have released, not Vista. That much is clear. Vista is the new Windows ME I think.

Is it an AMD 3200 XP or AMD 3200 64bit? On an AMD 3200 64 it'll run just fine. I've got a couple of such boxes here and ran it on one of 'em (with 1GB RAM) and it was just as responsive as XP on that system. My PC just before my last upgrade was an AMD Opteron 170 (dual core) with 2GB RAM and I had Win 7 x86 running on that too, and it was blisteringly quick. That's a system that was about 3-4 years old now. As for running it on an AMD 3200 XP??? If I wasn't worried about the hassle of reinstalling all my apps etc again (which I never am anyway), yep, I'd give it a go in a flash.

I was initially concerned about going the x64 path with regards to driver support, especially as the O/S hasn't been released yet, as such. I was very pleasantly surprised to find everything had driver support either from Microsoft themselves or the manufacturer.....except, my 7 year old flatbed scanner lol. Although, I found x86 drivers for it no problem so I use it on my lappy if I need to. :) I recall there was one or two occasions where no Win 7 x64 specific driver was available, but I found that using a driver for Vista x64 worked just fine anyway.

Win 7 any good? Bloody oath it is...I'm sold!!! :th3:

arthurking83
01-09-2009, 7:57am
thnx Rich.

I'll give it a shot when I do a refresh one day soon.. maybe the weekend after next.

I'm assuming Ultimate is closer to XP Pro than to XP home? I'll see if I can get a copy of Ultimate, as I want most of the admin services(available in XP pro) and stuff like that.
My XP3200 CPU is only 32bit so the x64 version is kind'a useless to me, and the major program I use, CaptureNX, isn't available in 64bit version(yet?.. hopefully soon the knuckleheads! :rolleyes:).

I have downloaded an iso a while back when the links in this thread first started to appear. I have Win_7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre which may be an earlier release candidate than you have.. have you compared earlier versions to the latest, and is there any reason to download the latest version.
The only priority is to try out the Ultimate version and not the standard version(for the more admin purposes that is).

good info :th3:

Kodi
01-09-2009, 4:15pm
Go to Microsofts site and check what versions have what. You will find that Ultimate will be a waste of money for you (bit locker is the only extra above pro).
7100 is the official Release candidate any higher number are leaked versions.
I am a Technet suscriber and as such I have obtained the Retail version and could not notice any major difference to the RC

Kym
01-09-2009, 5:02pm
C:\>ver

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]

This is RTM (MSDN - I have the real version)

Richard Hall
01-09-2009, 5:19pm
This is RTM (MSDN - I have the real version)

Yep...exactly as reported by C:\>winver


Microsoft Windows
Version 6.1 (Build 7600)

7100 is RC, which you can't download from Microsoft anymore.

A technet subscription is pretty good value in my opinion. :th3:

Richard Hall
01-09-2009, 5:43pm
I'm assuming Ultimate is closer to XP Pro than to XP home? I'll see if I can get a copy of Ultimate, as I want most of the admin services(available in XP pro) and stuff like that.
My XP3200 CPU is only 32bit so the x64 version is kind'a useless to me, and the major program I use, CaptureNX, isn't available in 64bit version(yet?.. hopefully soon the knuckleheads! :rolleyes:).

I have downloaded an iso a while back when the links in this thread first started to appear. I have Win_7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre which may be an earlier release candidate than you have.. have you compared earlier versions to the latest, and is there any reason to download the latest version.
The only priority is to try out the Ultimate version and not the standard version(for the more admin purposes that is).:

Not quite the differences like there is between XP Home and Pro...gee I hate XP Home's stupid lack of networking functionality.... :angry0: anywaaayyyy....

THIS (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare-editions/default.aspx) might help you decide what version you want, it lists the differences between the various Win 7 versions. Professional is certainly all that's needed. As Kodi mentioned, you won't need Bitlocker at all.

Oh yeah, the ISO you have is the Release Candidate. Can still use that 'til March next year when it'll start giving you warnings and restarting every 2 hours. I think you have to reinstall the full retail version after that, don't think you can just update the RC.


I have obtained the Retail version and could not notice any major difference to the RC

Nope, nothing really noticeably different here either.

dh52726
01-09-2009, 8:21pm
Vista was a much bigger change from XP (eg. driver model and a whole bunch of stuff) whereas the changes between Vista and 7 are much less. More re-write happened XP > Vista than Vista > 7.

yes Vista was, but the amount of the change is not what constitutes the next version been consider a upgrade/SP or a new product, its the added functionality.

in the drivers example, with the out cry from Vista driver problems, MS has ensured (umm maybe given a work around) that drivers that failed in Vista will work with reduced functionality at minimum in Win7 (ie XP compatibility)

going down the windows timeline, Win98 was only a small rewrite to Win95 but the improvements were huge, enough to consider it a new version.

The user experience from Vista to Win7 is huge, maybe not as visual as XP-Vista, or as game changing as 3.11 - Win95 but usability wise huge, enough so i to be considered a new product. Prices, well thats a bit debateable i'm still at two minds about it, especially when other countries get it cheaper.



*how much memory is Win7 running compared to stupid insane Vista.

......

Is it worth trying out Win7 on an (AMD)Athlon XP3200 system with only 2gigs of ram?

with regard to the above, i've used Win7 (RC 7100) on a Via (think slower/less powerfull than Atom) netbook, with 1gb ram and it runs fine, takes longer to load than Winxp though, and uses apporx 500mb ram (winxp was about 200mb)

It does use up more hdd though, so with netbooks that is something to factor.

Kodi
02-09-2009, 5:06am
Is it worth trying out Win7 on an (AMD)Athlon XP3200 system with only 2gigs of ram?

My second computer is an XP3200 Athlon and has 2 gigs of Ram, I installed the 32 bit RC version (7100) on that you have and it ran like a charm

Kym
02-09-2009, 7:32am
Get a Technet subscription then you can run Win7 and Office 2007 on a couple of boxes at home. If you have more than one machine it is usually cheapest.
We have MSDN at work so I get Ultimate (for non production purposes) anyway.

Kodi
03-09-2009, 6:15am
Get a Technet subscription then you can run Win7 and Office 2007 on a couple of boxes at home. If you have more than one machine it is usually cheapest.
We have MSDN at work so I get Ultimate (for non production purposes) anyway.

Make sure you Google for a Discount coupon, if you do you can get a Subscription for less than 1 copy of Windows 7.
If you subscribe now you should be able to get Office 2010 before your sub runs out

birdie
03-09-2009, 8:27am
Get a Technet subscription then you can run Win7 and Office 2007 on a couple of boxes at home. If you have more than one machine it is usually cheapest.
We have MSDN at work so I get Ultimate (for non production purposes) anyway.

I've never used technet... which one is the one to get so that you can install the software on more than one pc? as I (and my wife) have two desktops, a laptop and a netbook... so running them all on Windows 7 would be great :-)

I've been running Win7 RC on my desktop and i love it... its a lot faster than Vista... :-)

Kodi
03-09-2009, 9:13am
Information available here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/subscriptions/bb892756.aspx

You can get up to 10 copies of Most of their Software including Windows 7 BUT you are supposed to use it for evaluation purposes and not for production use.
I am sure you would only be using it to evaluate if it is suitable for your requirements.
To give you a bit of an idea what it costs etc
! years subscription is about $500 AUD but with the coupon I paid $307 Aud for that I have already downloaded copies of XP, Vista 32 & 64 bit, Win7 32 & 64 bit, Office 2007 and Windows Home Server all being evaluated on the Various computers i own.

thelastname
06-09-2009, 10:36am
! years subscription is about $500 AUD but with the coupon I paid $307 Aud for that I have already downloaded copies of XP, Vista 32 & 64 bit, Win7 32 & 64 bit, Office 2007 and Windows Home Server all being evaluated on the Various computers i own.

Is it a coupon code? how did you get the coupon? could would you mind sharing with others if possible?

Kodi
06-09-2009, 1:13pm
Google is your friend.
You could try this one ; TNSCP09N30
It should bring it down to about $350

birdie
14-09-2009, 10:26am
Information available here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/subscriptions/bb892756.aspx

You can get up to 10 copies of Most of their Software including Windows 7 BUT you are supposed to use it for evaluation purposes and not for production use.
I am sure you would only be using it to evaluate if it is suitable for your requirements.
To give you a bit of an idea what it costs etc
! years subscription is about $500 AUD but with the coupon I paid $307 Aud for that I have already downloaded copies of XP, Vista 32 & 64 bit, Win7 32 & 64 bit, Office 2007 and Windows Home Server all being evaluated on the Various computers i own.

Ok that sounds good... 10 copies of each? or 10 copies total? Also is the "evaluation" software any different to off the shelf software? ie does it have any time limits or anything? eg will it expire when the Technet subscription expires?

Kodi
14-09-2009, 11:40am
10 copies of each and the software is the same as you get over the counter at your local computer store.

Richard Hall
13-10-2009, 11:46pm
Well I've finally gotten around to installing Win 7 on my wife's Netbook (an Asus EeePC) about an hour ago. This thing's only got 1GB RAM and a paltry 1.6GHz Intel Atom, but damn...I'm seriously impressed with Win 7....again! I haven't had a chance to actually run any benchmarks on it yet (I'm not always sold purely by looking at numbers anyway), but it's most certainly an awful lot more responsive than XP Pro it was running!

I haven't even bothered to tweak it at all and nor will I based on first impressions. Everything zips along beautifully! Windows and folders snap open promptly, apps launch quickly and even the OS itself boots considerably quicker. Oh yes, this is running the Aero theme too, don't even need to revert to a plainer UI. :D

To top it all off, I've only had to download a single driver (a recommendation from windows update) for the Intel chipset. Everything just simply worked, straight off the bat... nice! :D

birdie
14-10-2009, 7:38am
I'm running Win 7 on 3 of my machines... From a Acer Aspire One Netbook, to a Pentium Dual Core 1.46Ghz/2Gb Ram and a 2.66Ghz Quad Core/4GB Ram Desktop Machine. And I'm very happy with it on all machines its nice and fast... great job MS...