Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: wlape3 On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:04 pm

How many people out there are using Windows 7 now? Are you using it every day or just once in a while? What has your experience been? Do you like it, hate it? How does it compare to Win XP and Vista?

For myself I still have a beta version installed on my main PC. I use it from time to time but have noticed my XP programs run noticeably slower on Win 7 compared to XP. I ran a beta version of Vista for a while but never liked it. Win 7 appears to be better than Vista and I know XP won't be supported forever so I'm thinking about making the plunge with a retail copy of Win 7 Ultimate. I am currently running the 64 bit version and will likely buy the same.

Thoughts?
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: Sting On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:09 pm

My son procured a copy this summer, when he was playing in that great sandbox in the middle east. He loves it, and tells me I need to upgrade my hardware and get it too.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: brckwlt On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:51 pm

My father in law bought a new computer and it has windows 7 on it. I dont know if he likes it or not. Ill have to ask.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:04 pm

Just ordered a new Lenovo with '7' Ultimate 64. Still haven't gotten it yet, but will report back here.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: mozz On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:31 pm

Just upgraded a laptop that came with Vista to Win 7, had a few problems so far. Wife did it actually, since the disk came in the mail when i wasn't home she goes" can i install the win7 disk?" I told her i wanted to make a backup first and that takes a few dvd's so i told her where the blanks where and go ahead. It wouldn't make a backup on cd's or dvd's kept giving some error so she skipped that part. She installed it, it ran somewhat, than said a few problems occured, of course they are a mystery now since i wasn't there yet. I came home from work 2 hours later, still trying to install, kept finding some sort of problems and restarting, getting a little bit further each time. It didn't like Itunes nor Limewire , wanted you to remove it to get any further. Finally about 1 hour past her bedtime it got done. No email program, Vista had Windows mail and now it's gone. But they save your email contacts and such so if you go to Windows website you can download Windows live which does email. But the wireless was not working. I can see both of my neighbors encrypted networks but not mine 4 feet away. Turn on my wired desktop computer and try to search for people with similar problems such as this, 1000's, too many to wade through. Shut it down for the night. Today, i reset my Linksys WR54GS wireless router all the way back to factory defaults, erased all my passwords and settings and finally the laptop sees it. Then i slowly change the name of my router, channel, WPA2 personal AES, and whatever long long password back to everything the way it was and it still sees it. Now my free Gov. versions of firewall and virus scanner which worked on Vista, won't work with WIN 7. I had no problems with Vista on 2 laptops, never had any problems running WIN ME on older machines either which a lot of people downplay. Vista's 2 lower versions won't let you do entire disk backup, only files and documents and settings. I should have just bought another laptop hard drive and ran win7 onto it, that way i could swap Vista back in if needed. So far, 2 thumbs down from me.What i have read about WIN 7, (barely) They said if upgrading from XP, it blacklists your XP number so you can't use it on any other machine. But i guess if you uninstalls win7 and went back to xp, you would have to make a phone call to register it.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: wlape3 On: Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:06 pm

No problem with my WinXP being blacklisted. It is still functional. Since I am using a desktop I just installed it on another hard drive and use a dual boot system. You can do that with Win 7 and Vista but then the Win 7 will not migrate all of your registered Vista programs.

Are you using 32 bit or 64 bit? My only experience is with the 64 bit Ultimate version of Win 7. Itunes doesn't like 64 bit WinXP so I don't use it anymore on this machine and didn't bother to try and install it on the Win 7.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: mozz On: Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:45 pm

32 Bit, never got into that fancy stuff yet, still running P4/478 with ddr memory. I actually hate this new stuff, it wouldn't let me copy a homemade dvd, said something about digital rights management wasn't mine. I keep one old computer with win 98 and i can burn anything i please any number of times, and it doesn't want to call home for no reason. Just downloaded the Windows email thing for win7, and the antivirus, so far it looks ok.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: wlape3 On: Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:00 pm

Use Nero and you won't have to deal with that nonsense. Also use DVD Decrypter for making back up copies of your own DVDs. Once the kids get ahold of them they get scratched pretty quick.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: mozz On: Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:27 pm

I used to use Nero 10 years ago and hated it. Well the original was ok when it was free, actually worked, then they wanted money so goodbye. Got it once when i bought a dvd drive and installed it, It wanted to take over everything, bloatware. I bought a copy of burning software called NTI. Had it as a sample and i really liked it, too simple to believe, so i went to the website and ordered it. It works perfect for copying anything i want, also lets me put it on more than 1 machine. Only problem when using on xp, when windows updates, the software never works, you have to reinstall. Used dvd shrink for movies, no need for other software.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: wlape3 On: Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:17 pm

I used NTI also and liked it. Not sure why I went to Nero but have been using it for 6 years or so so it's the beast I know.

DVD shrink is also a good program. I use it when Nero chokes.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:52 pm

just installed on my dads PC because Vista was giving him fits with slowdowns and lockups.
So far it runs pretty smooth and uses less memory. I also like the system fonts and a few other things.
All in all - it is less problematic than Vista and comparable to XP in performance.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:59 pm

I ran the 64 bit version of Windows 7 beta edition for a few months, it ran excellent for me. It was also more responsive than Vista.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: wlape3 On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:32 pm

If you like using a 64 bit OS you are better off with WinXP 64 bit than Vista in my opinion. The WinXP 64 is really Windows 2003 Server and does a very good job at running all of my 32 bit apps. On the other hand Vista was a dog. Win 7 seems to be better but not as good at running the 32 bit apps.
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Re: Is Anyone Using Windows 7 Yet?

PostBy: Cap On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:23 pm

My son loaded it on my PC during the Xmas holiday. I like it for the most part. There are some cool new features but I hate having to learn a new operating system all over again. Us old guys are stuck on our old habits. The feature I think I like the most, just hover your mouse over the Explore Icon on the tool bar, you will see a screen shot of every browser open. Pick & click. Sort does the same when you open a new browser too. It will show recent history. So stay off of the *censored* sites!

Oh yea, almost forgot, " This was my idea"! :D
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