Windows 7 - What are your thoughts on the operating system?

 

For anyone who has used the beta version of Windows 7, what are your thoughts on this operating system.

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32 bit ran fine on win7 64 bit.

Have window 7 ultimate 64 bit; ran 32 bit application without any problem.

What email client is

What email client is everyone using with Windows 7?

From what I can tell the most favored email clients are Mozilla Thunderbird or Claws.

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koot wrote:

What email client is everyone using with Windows 7?

From what I can tell the most favored email clients are Mozilla Thunderbird or Claws.

I'm using Outlook. I converted three systems (2-desktop, 1-laptop) from Vista to 7, and haven't had any problems with any of the systems. I bought the introductory upgrade package that allowed upgrade of 3 systems for an introductory price of $119. The package included both 32 and 64 bit DVDs.

One of the things I like about using Outlook is that there is a "gadget" that will display a weeks worth of Outlook calendar events on the desktop. I find this extremely handy.

Joel

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love it

Good idea on outlook. I did not know that. I think I will go back yto that. Thanks for the tip

That's interesting you like

That's interesting you like Outlook. I'm told that most people who used Outlook Express with XP or Vista decided to use something other than Outlook after going to Windows 7.

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Very cool

BobDee wrote:

dagarmin
Thanks for your info, I ended up disabling the onboard laptop soundcard and got an external..

Thanks again

Bob

That's a much cheaper workaround than dumping a laptop you are otherwise happier with! I didn't realize there were external soundcards for laptops, but searching now, I see they are small flash-drive like devices that plug into a USB port, and cost in the $5-50 range. As you said, disable the built-in, not-playing-nicely soundcard, and you're good to go. Nicely solved! idea

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Someone said

A college employee told me M/S was going to drop VISTA support.

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Microsoft web page

spokybob wrote:

A college employee told me M/S was going to drop VISTA support.

The quote below is from the Microsoft web page. Glad to see it is only for the Vista without Service packs. I already have a service pack. I would like to change to Windows 7 but have not. Vista is working great for me and don't see a reason to change just now.

"Support for Windows Vista without any service packs will end April 13th, 2010. After that, you will no longer be able to get security updates. "

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koot wrote:

That's interesting you like Outlook. I'm told that most people who used Outlook Express with XP or Vista decided to use something other than Outlook after going to Windows 7.

I've always liked Outlook, but never liked Outlook Express (now called Windows Mail, I believe). Outlook has a multitude of features that Express never had.

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Trial

panama wrote:

For anyone who has used the beta version of Windows 7, what are your thoughts on this operating system.

I used the trial version and really didn't care too much about it. Now the trial is over and I can't find my old XP disk to reload the XP. Windows 7 keeps on shutting down my computer every 15 minutes now that the trial expired. I don't know what to do.

Microsoft life cycle information

spokybob wrote:

A college employee told me M/S was going to drop VISTA support.

http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeselectwin

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I followed link

Quote:

support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeselectwin

I have windows Vist Home Premium Service Pack 2

They show
Windows vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Service pack 2

I assume I look at Windows vista Service pack 2
Looks like I have 24 months or more before I have to upgrade to Windows 7. Then only 3 more years till they stop support on that. Is this the way it always is?

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There is a workaround

bsp131 wrote:
panama wrote:

For anyone who has used the beta version of Windows 7, what are your thoughts on this operating system.

I used the trial version and really didn't care too much about it. Now the trial is over and I can't find my old XP disk to reload the XP. Windows 7 keeps on shutting down my computer every 15 minutes now that the trial expired. I don't know what to do.

There is a workaround for this problem, however, you need a previously formatted hard drive. (This won't work installing Win 7 upgrade on a new hard drive that's never been formatted.) It will also take more time, because you have to go through a Windows 7 install two times.

It's also unclear whether this workaround functions correctly in your specific situation, in which you've installed a beta and the trial has run out. That may pose an additional complication. If that is a problem, you may have no choice but to find a valid WinXP or Vista disk and key.

Microsoft doesn't promote this, but according to a letter-writer in the April 2010 PC World, they left a backdoor to not actually having to install WinXP or Vista from scratch just to use an upgrade version of Win7.

The workaround goes like this:

1. Boot from the Windows 7 Upgrade DVD and start the setup program.

2. When prompted to enter your product key, DO NOT enter it. Click “Next” and proceed with setup. This will install Windows 7 as a 30-day trial.

3. When prompted, select the edition of Windows 7 which you have purchased and continue with setup.

4. Once setup has been completed and you have been brought to the desktop for the first time, run the install program from within Windows 7.

5. This time, type in your product key when prompted.

6. When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install, choose Custom (advanced) to perform a clean install of Windows 7. Yes, this means that you will have to install Windows 7 for a second time.

7. Once setup has completed for the second time, you should be able to activate Windows 7 normally. You can also delete the Windows.old directory which contains information from the first Windows 7 install.”

from:
http://www.whatthetech.com/2007/01/31/workaround-for-clean-i...

Where it says "[Windows] Vista" in the document linked just above, I substituted "Windows 7". The letter writer in PC World says this workaround *does* work in Windows 7 as well as in Vista, so give it a shot. If you try it, I'd appreciate a follow-up post from you saying whether it worked or not; I don't want to pass this information on to anybody else if it's incorrect for Windows 7.

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Junk!

Just as I retired, the company replaced a computer, which naturally came with Windows 7.

It was a disaster! Windows 7 made that computer incompatable with all the existing devices and computers on the company's intranet. This is a small non-computer-related company, and they don't have an IT department. They ended up having to buy a dedicated printer for this computer because they never could get Windows 7 to access the network computer.

From my experience with this system, you couldn't pay me to take Windows 7.

I've been in the software business since the days of core memory. I survived Micro$oft by following one iron-clad rule: NEVER BUY A NEW WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM UNTIL AFTER THE SECOND MAJOR REVISION.

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