Windows 7

 

Has anyone purchased Windows 7 ultimate?
If so, how is the startup / shutdown times.
Is it better or worse than vista
I am thinking of upgrading to windows 7 from vista..

Thanks..

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Oditius wrote:

LoL It is a funny coincidence that when installing W7 on my Dell XPS M1730 that the DVD failed, so Dell sent me a new DVD. That worked long enough to get it installed. Then it quit again, this time Dell sent a (so called) Tech to install a motherboard and another DVD. Well that worked fine, but once I started W7 I realized that my keyboard lights and sever other ones didn't light up. So Dell sent the dame (&^%& Tech and replace the keyboard, speaker/light assy and palm rest. Well the tech install it, after he was done, one speaker light was lit and nothing else. He also had an extra screw. (Maybe he should have put it in his head to replace the missing one) Well my laptop with W7 installed and on it's way back to the Dell depot to be repaired. In the meantime I am on this little 8200 from Dell running XP just fine. Good luck all....

Got a great laugh at your story - but sorry it had to be at your expense!

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Better than Vista

anything would be,,,indyjkraft

Win 7

Haven't installed it, still in the XP world. All the reviews I've read say it's a true upgrade from XP, everything Vista should have been.

We got our Windows 7 today,

We got our Windows 7 today, haven't installed it yet.

Miss POI

You are going to be very happy with it so install away!

Miss POI

You are going to be very happy with it. I have been running it since January and it has been solid even with the beta versions.

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Staying with XP

Frankoq2 wrote:
thrak wrote:

I'm a chicken. I think I'll stick with XP for now. It works fine for me.

I hear ya. lol.
I'm staying in XP for now.

I will stick with my XP to. It's doing all I need it to do.

ohwogo

Windows 7 vs. Vista

I just went from Vista 32 to Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate on a wife's Dell Laptop.

Much quicker operations.... Only had to get one driver from Dell site (Ricoh Card reader).

Comparing Windows 7 64 bit to Vista 64 bit..... Windows 7 wins again.... My editing system is on Vista 64, and I have had multiple issues with crcdisk.sys file corruption.... Once I get to a point where I can start over, and get the disk driver for Windows 7 for this system.... It, too, will become a Windows 7 64 bit system.

I have not been enamored with, nor had stabil operations with Vista.... 32 or 64 bit...

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Me Too

ohwogo wrote:
Frankoq2 wrote:
thrak wrote:

I'm a chicken. I think I'll stick with XP for now. It works fine for me.

I hear ya. lol.
I'm staying in XP for now.

I will stick with my XP to. It's doing all I need it to do.

ohwogo

That's what I'm doing, sticking with XP. For me, it just works.

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32 bit Vista to 64 bit Windows 7 upgrade

Has anyone upgraded a 32 bit Vista to Windows 7 64 bit. I had 64 bit Vista but HP on a repair return installed 32 bit instead. Now I want to upgrade to Windows 7 Home premiun and want to take advantage of my 64 bit machine.

Any suggestions?

jmeyerco, the biggest issue

jmeyerco, the biggest issue with 64-bit OS is usually device drivers. If your PC originally runs 64-bit Windows Vista, I'm positive you won't have any problem running 64-bit Windows 7. Btw, how large is your PC/notebook memory? If it's only 3GB or less and you don't plan to upgrade it beyond 3GB, you don't need 64-bit OS.

Get the upgrade advisor

I did the beta on windows 7. Worked very nicely with one big flaw. It is not compatable with many older computers. Be sure that you download the Windows upgrade advisor from Microsoft. It will let you know if you need any upgrades.

Vista 32-bit ---> Win7 64-bit

jmeyerco wrote:

Has anyone upgraded a 32 bit Vista to Windows 7 64 bit. I had 64 bit Vista but HP on a repair return installed 32 bit instead. Now I want to upgrade to Windows 7 Home premiun and want to take advantage of my 64 bit machine.

Any suggestions?

I have an HP Pavillion laptop (dv6875se) that came with Vista Home Premium 32-bit installed. I upgraded the day my Win7 discs got here to Win7 64-bit, even though HP doesn't support the Win7 upgrade on this laptop. Required a "clean" install since it was 32 to 64-bit, but all my old programs, settings, files, etc. were in a folder called "windows.old". Keep in mind I had the hard drive only half full and had plenty of space to install without formatting the drive.

Almost everything worked after initial install. There are two touch sensitive buttons on the top of the keyboard that launch HP's Quickplay and MS Media Center -> they didn't work. I haven't bothered with them either since all I found them useful for was "accidentally" launching those programs when I didn't want them. Didn't install HP Quickplay this time -> never used it. Long story short, its better for me that those buttons don't work.

Also I noticed that Win7 was telling me I had a driver issue with the "base machine". Turns out it was the Ricoh multi-format card reader for which there was no driver, however Win7 seemed to be able to read info from this device without the driver. I suspect, after some research, that the driver supplies the decrypting routines for reading Memory Sticks - of which I have none. It seemed to read xD and SD just fine without the driver installed. However, I went to the HP site and downloaded the Vista64 driver for my laptop model and card reader and it appears that Win7 accepted that. The driver warning is gone and those drivers seemed to install fine. It still reads and writes to xD and SD cards just fine with the driver.

Overall, I would do the Vist32 -> Win7-64 upgrade again in a heartbeat. I even have some programs that I use regularly that take advantage of 64-bit programmings so its a huge win for me.

I'm Holding Off... Just a Bit

I have my desktop running XP, but my three laptops all have Vista. I have not had any problems with the desktop, but my experiences with Vista have been frustrating. Vista's incompatibility with all kinds of software and equipment, and the "enhanced security" of the OS is unbelievable!

My techie friend has advised me to hold off replacing Vista until the new year, figuring Microsoft will have addressed the nuisance issues with the initial release of Windows 7.

Windows7 is starting to look a bit like MAC.

IMHO, Microsoft is trying to look a little like MAC with Windows 7. Maybe? I'll upgrade with a new install when it comes time to my 2 year system restage - about how long Windows lasts before it starts dogging. Always seems that Windows runs best after a clean install.

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I Think

i will wait for a few months

Upgraded today

My computer was updated today, I haven't had much time to play with it.

I took my kids to an astronomy party tonight and they had a blast. Time to join the local club.

Miss POI

I concur

JanJ wrote:

I just went from Vista 32 to Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate on a wife's Dell Laptop.

Much quicker operations.... Only had to get one driver from Dell site (Ricoh Card reader).

Comparing Windows 7 64 bit to Vista 64 bit..... Windows 7 wins again.... My editing system is on Vista 64, and I have had multiple issues with crcdisk.sys file corruption.... Once I get to a point where I can start over, and get the disk driver for Windows 7 for this system.... It, too, will become a Windows 7 64 bit system.

I have not been enamored with, nor had stabil operations with Vista.... 32 or 64 bit...

I echo your accolades - I am running Win 7 64-bit from Vista 32 and I am glad I did it - The system is much more responsive and I have not had any lock ups.

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new laptop

I just got a new Sony laptop with WIndows 7 on it this past week. I REALLY like the new operating system - moreso than Vista

XP is getting long in the tooth

You might be able to stay with XP for a little while longer. But there will come a time, arguably very soon, when it just won't be current enough to handle the problems (or products) of the day. I like not having to find random drivers for my hardware. Windows 7 finds it all for me, certainly better than XP did. Vista might have been clunky at times, but Windows 7 seems to have polished a lot of that away. It is expensive to upgrade, though, so I don't blame you for hanging on as long as possible. Best course of action might be to wait until SP1 comes along. Might be able to find some better deals?

Here's a Win7 comparison chart

Windows 7

Installed ultimate today, every software that I use installed with no problems but when trying to use firefox the computer freezes and I have to rest using explorer 8 has no problems.

Staying with XP

XP is doing the job for you guys, only because you know no better. LOL

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windows 7

I think it works pretty good. Still using a RC version but will be upgrading soon.

Windows 7

squeky wrote:

It's not perfect, but is better than Vista.

Basically, Windows 7 is Vista service pack 3... wink

And XP was

haroldp wrote:
squeky wrote:

It's not perfect, but is better than Vista.

Basically, Windows 7 is Vista service pack 3... wink

That makes XP a service pack release to Windows 98.

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In addition to my main rig

In addition to my main rig that was already installed with win7 ultimate months ago, I finally upgraded my TV pc. (52 inch sharp aquos)

It WAS a 1.7 celeron running w2k.
I picked up a cpu/mobo combo from fry's, ripped it all apart and built a 2.8ghz wolfdale machine with 4GB of corsiar xm2 memory. grin
The built in x3100 video is adequate..for now.

I loaded win7 ultimate x64 cleanly...no problems.
But then again..all I use it for is to watch movies.
Its a basic box so I didnt expect to have any driver issues.
I dont use the craptacular media center, I use mediaplayer classic home cinema. MPHC offers more control than the monstronsity that is MS's media junk.

The only real bonus I got out of the upgrade was the hardware. Now it has the power to run flash movies on hulu. Other than that..the OS is just 'minor' upgrade in the context of what the machine is used for.
The only 'good' thing is the new video subssystem that can vsync at the desktop level.(with the right video cards). This prevents the tearing you get with flash vids/movies. XP never supported this.

At the end of the day..I run applications..not operating systems.
I'm not impressed with win7. The core and subsystem controls are better, but this should have been easily updated with XP. But of course they didnt. This would spoil the 'appeal' of win7
So..win7 is basically a 2003 operating system with alot of eye candy that sucks up resources and screams LOOK AT ME! I'M AN OS!!
Look how much overhead I have just to browse the file system! I'm windows 7!

Get out of my way OS..just give me a stable kernel and let me run what 'I' want to run.

The BIGGEST omission is win7 doesnt support proper multi monitor spanning that XP does. What dumbazz whacked that feature?!?! Clearly a step backwards as are a number of other things.
The monitor spanning is a HUGE problem. But hey..its MS. You can get that back when you by win8 right?

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Upgrade to window7 ultimate 64bit.

Upgrade to window7, love it. Much much better than vista.

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