Windows 7

january 10, 2009

So, I downloaded, burned and installed Windows 7 Beta.  You can too, if you so wish -- hurry, they have opened up downloads and free Product Keys (which are valid until sometime in August) to everyone.  Get it here.  I have installed it on my older Celeron M 420 laptop -- it's a Celeron M 420 (1.60Ghz) with 2GB of RAM and a 120GB HDD.  The install was inline with a Vista install, but it seemed faster.  The setup process was about the same also, though I noticed that it help setup the wireless connection right away, that was nice. The rest of Windows 7, I've only been playing for the last hour or so, is "pleasant".  It feels faster and smoother than Vista on my dual-core notebook.  Booting the old notebook is noticeably faster than Vista.  But, for now, the only real differences I can see are UI tweaks.  The ones that I like are:

That's it for now.  I will write more later.  So far, I am not disappointed by Windows 7.  I am also not all that impressed.  It is a nice incremental upgrade from Vista, that's for sure.  I am suprised by how well and how fast the beta runs.  I have to assume that being beta code, it has not been completely tuned and tweak for speed.  So, having a beta so functionaly and speedy is a good thing to see. Have you tried the Windows 7 Beta?  What do you think?