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Windows 7 Beta leaked over BitTorrent

Windows 7 Beta leaked over BitTorrent

The public beta of Windows 7 is just under a month away, but thanks to some naughty file sharers you can get an early peek at the next iteration of Microsoft's OS.

It would appear that Microsoft is having the traditional troubles keeping builds of its upcoming Windows 7 operating system away from the mass market, with the most up-to-date version having been leaked to BitTorrent trackers.

The ISO image file is – according to DownloadSquad – Windows 7 M1 Build 7000, which is the same version which will become the public beta at the start of next year. Featuring improvements to the stability of the system along with shiny new features – such as the icon-based task bar reminiscent of the Apple Mac OS X dock we mentioned earlier in the year – enabled by default, the rather naughty pre-beta leak is already entertaining Windows fans across the globe.

If you're curious, but want to know a little more before investing the time and effort of downloading an unofficial – and possibly modified by naughty third parties – installer this close to the official beta release, Paul Thurrott has taken the time to add a raft of screenshots from this latest build to his website. There's nothing that will shock anyone who has been following the development of Windows Vista's replacement, but it's nice to see that pretty much every promised feature has made it into the final beta – and ahead of schedule, too.

Being a beta, Windows 7 is still a fair way away from being ready for day-to-day use. If you're already running build 6801 – the version that was previously made available as a closed beta – then there's no easy way to upgrade to the 7000 short of completely re-installing the operating system. If previous public betas are anything to go by, that's a process that you'll have to repeat once the final Release To Manufacturing version is produced and made available. Still, if you feel the need to sit on the bleeding edge, these are small obstacles.

Will anyone be snagging an early beta copy of Windows 7, or is it worth waiting for the official release in January? Will you even be trying the beta, or is Vista good enough for the foreseeable future? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Gremlin 29th December 2008, 10:26 Quote
http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=3223 a little review on it

Im still waiting for an x64 version before i give it a serious run but from playing with earlier builds its a pretty damn solid OS imo
DXR_13KE 29th December 2008, 10:48 Quote
this looks good...
Neji 29th December 2008, 11:38 Quote
Looks like KDE.
icutebluezone 29th December 2008, 12:05 Quote
LOL. Good old bittorrent's. :D
LeMaltor 29th December 2008, 13:04 Quote
Long live XP!
Burnout21 29th December 2008, 13:28 Quote
yeah it looks just like KDE, but i believe its because they want to make it easier to use with touchscreen devices, up until now i have managed to keep on running XP, Win 7 might just be my next path.

If they manage to make it cheap aswell, maybe it will get over the problem of pirating to some degree. £100 for a full retail edition mid range OS version like home prem of vista.
ComputerKing 29th December 2008, 13:31 Quote
hhahahahha I knew it. I didn't think it was fake. I saw the torrent and was like it is but no way, I think i was right :D

but I don't want that 86x I want 64x :) so I will wait ;)
dyzophoria 29th December 2008, 13:37 Quote
will wait for the x64 version as well :)
Stickeh 29th December 2008, 13:56 Quote
Looking good, but i dont like that taskbar, well not on my main machine, on my netbook, fine, but i'd still like an idication text-wise as to what it is lying on my taskbar, time will tell though, it probably works a lot better when you're using it.
Overlord 29th December 2008, 14:41 Quote
Aint the MS monopoly great. Flog Vista as the OS that will change everything, it isnt successful commercially so bring out another that addressed the issues with Vista, that they flatly denied until they are about to leak Win7 then they admit Vista was crap.

I've had enough of MS wish someone would nuke Bill Gates' backside off the planet. I wont be buying it or even trying it out on principle.

MS has shafted those that bought Vista good and proper. Arseholes.
Burnout21 29th December 2008, 14:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Overlord
Aint the MS monopoly great. Flog Vista as the OS that will change everything, it isnt successful commercially so bring out another that addressed the issues with Vista, that they flatly denied until they are about to leak Win7 then they admit Vista was crap.

I've had enough of MS wish someone would nuke Bill Gates' backside off the planet. I wont be buying it or even trying it out on principle.

MS has shafted those that bought Vista good and proper. Arseholes.

do your homework, Mr. Gates hasn't been running MS for a long time now, i believe he is in semi retriement.
Stickeh 29th December 2008, 14:54 Quote
So, who cares? Not 'M$' bashers thats for sure, all they see is microsoft = bill gates.

He is one ****ING man in a ****ing massive company of which he probably has little control of right now making millions from software, that people dispair is horrible but dont have the intelligence to ****ing use something else.

I hate seeing Microsoft being bashed, not cus i am a fanboy, because the arguements are so retarded.
DriftCarl 29th December 2008, 14:58 Quote
I have a nice 64 bit quad core machine sitting next to me that i got from ebay a while ago and havnt bothered to do much with it. So I might give this a go. The only reason I am using XP now is because I can use horizontal span in the gfx options(for 2 or more screens merged as one rendered desktop), something which was removed in vista which only supports standard multiple monitor setups.
I actually liked vista alot and windows 7 looks quite good too.
Overlord 29th December 2008, 15:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burnout21
do your homework, Mr. Gates hasn't been running MS for a long time now, i believe he is in semi retriement.


Ah thats ok then. I take it all back.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stickeh
So, who cares? Not 'M$' bashers thats for sure, all they see is microsoft = bill gates.

He is one ****ING man in a ****ing massive company of which he probably has little control of right now making millions from software, that people dispair is horrible but dont have the intelligence to ****ing use something else.

I hate seeing Microsoft being bashed, not cus i am a fanboy, because the arguements are so retarded.

I hate seeing MS bashed. If it wasnt for MS the PC wouldnt be were it is today. But its time they and the rest of us moved on. MS is doing nothing but peddling its own self interests, bringing nothing innovative anymore and holding back development. I have no doubt they put in some 'unique' features into win7 to make me buy it. If it came with a free gold bar dispenser I still wont be buying it.
UrbanMarine 29th December 2008, 15:17 Quote
Microsoft is and will always be the company that helped change the computer world. People dog Microsoft for being a monopoly but THAT'S BUSINESS. The purpose of a business is to make money and since there is not such thing as a free market you can only make so much money before someone complains. If you don't like a company don't buy their products! These days you don't have to use Microsoft products at all. I use their products because it works and I get what I need done without problems. I use Vista Ultimate 64bit and haven't had a problem since I started using it.

At least Microsoft gives their money to charities unlike other big name companies. The Gates Foundation has given aways billions to people in need!

Topic:
I really like Windows 7. It's the way Vista should be and it runs really well even on my low end PCs.
Gremlin 29th December 2008, 15:27 Quote
For those of you who plan on running this and have ATI graphics heres a little present for you

ATi have their own dedicated Windows 7 Catalyst 8.12 Preview Drivers

http://game.amd.com/us-en/content/images/banners/catalyst_8.12_promo.jpg

http://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&questionID=39069
Quote:
737-39069: ATI Catalyst Windows 7 Preview Driver Package


The information in this article applies to the following configuration(s):

Radeon™ HD 4000 Series
Radeon™ HD 3000 Series
Radeon™ HD 2000 Series
Mobility Radeon™ HD 4000 Series
Mobility Radeon™ HD 3000 Series
Mobility Radeon™ HD 2000 Series
AMD 780G
AMD 780V
AMD 790GX
Windows 7

ATI Catalyst Windows 7 preview driver package - includes the Windows 7 driver, and the ATI Catalyst Control Center (with limited feature support).

To download the Catalyst Windows 7 Preview Driver , please click on the links below:

Catalyst 32-bit Windows 7 Preview Driver
Catalyst 64-bit Windows 7 Preview Driver

To view the release notes for the Catalyst Windows 7 Preview Driver, please click the link below:

Catalyst Windows 7 Preview Driver Release Notes

Note: This driver is provided as is and is not supported by AMD. It has not completed full AMD testing.
Burnout21 29th December 2008, 15:27 Quote
that the thing, MS made the modern PC and there direct X helped in that massively! And need we remember where Gates started it all, all on a mac.

No i stand up to MS, over the years they have bought out smaller companies but kept the people on and then used there technology/research to be intergrated into there OS and software.

MS could have easily released there own photo imaging software to compete against Adobe, but they haven't. MS is only as big as we made them, windows is a standard same with office files, this is because its easy.

No my only problem with MS is there pricing and security solutions on there OS, XP was ok, up until you had to link it with MS to check that its not a copy, but vista takes the piss.

I like my freedom, nothing worse than your OS going tits up at a lan event, and hitting the wall with vista install security and spending a while on a phone trying to get the code or re-activation. Thats why i am still XP.
Redbeaver 29th December 2008, 15:42 Quote
vista is good for foreseeable future.

and death to XP!
Burnout21 29th December 2008, 15:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redbeaver
vista is good for foreseeable future.

and death to XP!

You know i dont think XP will die, and thats the problem MS faced upon release of Vista, they made such a hash off vista's performance on laptops that companies demanded XP to be installed.

XP is that old dog that refuses to die, and only when all software moves to a pure x64 enviroment will it die out, and then i bet you'll still find people using it on there 2nd machine! lol!
Grinch123456 29th December 2008, 16:05 Quote
I can imagine the new taskbar would be extremely useful to kids fapping to videos and then their parents come in. They can minimize the firefox window without having to actually close it and furthermore, they won't have to worry about their parents reading the first few words on the website! The jubilation that 15 year olds must feel, I can only imagine, can only be described as jubilation.

Poor kids.
leviathan18 29th December 2008, 16:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Overlord
Aint the MS monopoly great. Flog Vista as the OS that will change everything, it isnt successful commercially so bring out another that addressed the issues with Vista, that they flatly denied until they are about to leak Win7 then they admit Vista was crap.

I've had enough of MS wish someone would nuke Bill Gates' backside off the planet. I wont be buying it or even trying it out on principle.

MS has shafted those that bought Vista good and proper. Arseholes.

i have vista, i love it is far superior than XP and i will buy win7, sorry if you are incompetent enough to disable UAC and make 2 or 3 tweaks around
ComputerKing 29th December 2008, 17:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grinch123456
I can imagine the new taskbar would be extremely useful to kids fapping to videos and then their parents come in. They can minimize the firefox window without having to actually close it and furthermore, they won't have to worry about their parents reading the first few words on the website! The jubilation that 15 year olds must feel, I can only imagine, can only be described as jubilation.

Poor kids.

:)

what about those with porn database and no parents check on them for weeks ? ( like me )
Evildead666 29th December 2008, 18:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ComputerKing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grinch123456
I can imagine the new taskbar would be extremely useful to kids fapping to videos and then their parents come in. They can minimize the firefox window without having to actually close it and furthermore, they won't have to worry about their parents reading the first few words on the website! The jubilation that 15 year olds must feel, I can only imagine, can only be described as jubilation.

Poor kids.

:)

what about those with porn database and no parents check on them for weeks ? ( like me )

Good god, they don't check in for WEEKS....dude, you must have a very sore hand.....

on topic : Win7 will likely be my next OS after XP....
wuyanxu 29th December 2008, 18:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gremlin
http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=3223 a little review on it

Im still waiting for an x64 version before i give it a serious run but from playing with earlier builds its a pretty damn solid OS imo
yeah! i cannot find a 64bit version :(

and also, i can't get aero to work in VMware, even with VMware tools installed.
Glider 29th December 2008, 19:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by leviathan18
i have vista, i love it is far superior than XP and i will buy win7, sorry if you are incompetent enough to disable UAC and make 2 or 3 tweaks around

Sorry if you are too incompetent to understand UAC... I use Vista nowadays, and I think it's superior to XP by far... But nothing beats the freedom Linux always gave me, but my boss doesn't like it...

Windows 7 still seems to much like KDE, and I totally dislike KDE...
thehippoz 29th December 2008, 19:27 Quote
I should post my guide on tweaking vista 64 out.. there's alot of tricks to making it a sweet os- it's just stable as hell (more than I can say for xp).. I used to get used to the occasional f-up in xp and considered it normal.. nowdays with vista I just don't deal with that

I'm not really looking forward to the new windows myself- vista 64 ultimate pretty much does everything I need it to do currently.. I will d/l this though and see what's up on my laptop- I bet it's just a stripped down version of vista though that can run with less memory.. I've worked on pre-builts with 1 gb of memory and vista- lemme tell you it's not a pretty sight! but put in 4 gigs, superfetch, you wonder how the other half lives =]
Volund 29th December 2008, 19:28 Quote
I'm going to have to check this, I'm liking what I have seen so far.
samkiller42 29th December 2008, 19:41 Quote
I liked XP, and I love Vista, to be fair, i don't like linux, it's too complex for me, and i'm not a fan of mac, but am happy to give it a play, however, all 3 OS's are as good as each other, are built to work. Anyhow, Windows is my OS of choice, and does what i want it too, sure it has it's issues, but so do the others. Now, Windows 7, it all looks interesting, but i think i shall wait for an official Public beta before dipping my toe into 7.

Sam
n3mo 29th December 2008, 19:52 Quote
Vista superior to XP, yeah. Where? I don't see any aspect in wchich Vista is superior to anything. Well, it works slower than any other OS in existence. Also, it uses so much diskspace (come on, over 12 gigs? Keeping every version of every dll installed, quickly growing to at least 20 gigs?) Try using it in a domain-controlled network, or basically any network more advanced than primitive home one and you will see what I'm talking about.

Win7 seems to be far better, basically it's what Vista was supposed to be from day one, but M$ just offloaded a premature, non-ready, bloated and crappy system to earn some money. That's okay with me, but saying that it's "superior" to a system that was perfected for quite a few years is just a funny way of saying that you have no idea what you are talking about and are too lazy to even test it yourself. Or at least read about it. Or think for yourself.

Just show me ONE aspect of Vista that is better than XP. And no, "shiny, transparent windows" is not an argument, unless your IQ is lower than your waist (in inches).

7 seems better tho, performance is still worse than XP, but far better than Vista. It crashes less often too, so it seems that it's going in a good direction.
Glider 29th December 2008, 20:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by n3mo
Just show me ONE aspect of Vista that is better than XP. And no, "shiny, transparent windows" is not an argument, unless your IQ is lower than your waist (in inches).

SECURITY...

(and I didn't even have to think about that one...)

Want an other? Resources management... It actually USES your RAM like it should...
thehippoz 29th December 2008, 20:36 Quote
nemo.. you should try vista 64 nowdays.. early on it was a mess especially if you were using nvidia- and even worse if you were sli.. but nowdays vista is sweet.. I can understand frustration when your trying to use it on an older machine though- on a newer rig with 4 gigs of ram it basically wipes the floor with xp

I've run all these os's so I can be a fair judge.. you guys clinging onto xp, that's great for you.. as long as your happy.. but spreading lies about vista makes you useless on a technical forum

superfetch really works.. and uac works- there are many tweaks I use personally on vista related to the uac, and turning it off is not one of them.. you can have it load in all apps without the uac prompt on boot using the task scheduler.. and if your upset with driver signing, check out an app called readydriver plus- it allow you to disable it without F8 (annoying)

alot of other tweaks also to make it more user friendly.. xp is nice for the newbie really, it's the other way around.. or peeps with older rigs- I was on xp for years and I did enjoy tweaking the f out of it- but I gotta tell you, your missing out on vista 64 if you believe those apple commercials =]

heck even dreamscene is pretty cool and stable nowdays.. the media center works great with a remote- if you have a hd tv it's a really cool interface.. bitlocker.. dx10.. there's a list that can go on and on really- stability is the biggest factor

peeps who bag on vista are the exact kinds of people you say run it.. they get stuck and refuse to try new things
n3mo 29th December 2008, 21:03 Quote
Security? Vista? You must be kidding me now. Do a simple test - connect Vista and XP machines to an unprotected network (there might be a problem with it in UK, you have so many transparent spy-proxies.) I have done it (with Vista x64 & XP SP3). After a night on their own (with no firewalls, proxies, av, NAT, anything) XP was clean and Vista had so many infections that it couldn't boot. Almost two dozens of viruses were found when I connected the disk to other machine.

@thehippoz

I tested Vista x64 on many machines, including my main rig (16GB of RAM, two Opterons and a 4870) and performance was poor. Boot times, in-game framerates, number crunching - you name it, Vista sucked in it.

About XP being for newbies - it's the other way around. Vista is for newbies, with all the "automagic" wizards, shiny stuff and so on. It couldn't even run in my network (which has several layers, three domain controllers and about nine other machines connected at all times), it just gave me a BSOD every time I tried to change any options. "Network map" just freezes. XP and windows7 work OK after some configuration (obviously).

All in all Vista was just a premature $$$-maker for Microsoft, 7 might be better (although I would love it to be x64 only). We'll see.
kylew 29th December 2008, 22:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Glider
SECURITY...

(and I didn't even have to think about that one...)

Want an other? Resources management... It actually USES your RAM like it should...

LOL I love that one, people load up their PCs with 4 and 8GBs of RAM, then complain when their OS uses it. Vista uses the RAM that you bought with your money. The only ones who complain about it using too much RAM are those people who have large amounts of RAM just for the e-peen they think it brings.
TomH 29th December 2008, 23:14 Quote
Well, if anyone's wondering, it works under VirtualBox 2.1 quite well. ;)

Ubuntu 8.10 host, Athlon 64 X2 4200+, 2GiB host memory (1GiB assigned to the guest) and configured with a SATA disk of 20GB. I stuck 32MiB of graphics memory in there, but obviously there's no D3D support for Aero.

And it's rather nice, although the boot-up time is painful. I quite like the UI improvements.. Like, quite a lot. It might look like KDE in a way, but that's where it stops if you ask me. The system tray, task bar and even Windows update are all well-improved. IE8 is quite neat (and reminds me of Firefox, oddly.)

Performance (aside from boot-up) seems awesome compared with Vista, and although I've not compared the two, its certainly doing well with only 1GiB RAM. After a fresh start the memory usage was ~320MiB, with variable amounts of caching: from a few MiB up to almost all of the RAM. Generally virtual machines suffer with disk I/O performance, so I shouldn't take my boot-time experiences as an indication of doom.

It feels quite nice. I'd be half tempted to install it on a spare partition in my host, but I've not got the time. The install base (remembering that it's the Ultimate edition) was only ~6.47GiB.

I'm quite impressed.. It's Vista 2, but at least they appear to be doing better this time 'round. :)
chemmyone 30th December 2008, 00:15 Quote
Yeah, I fooled around with installing it in a VM under Ubuntu 8.10 as well but never finished up the install for whatever reason.. now have the 32 bit beta multi booting with vista 32/64 on the desktop and it seems to behaving nicely. I started using Vista about when it developed DX10 support and XP had not and just carried on despite the insidious search indexer and other annoying bits. I came across those beta ATI drivers earlier this afternoon and was pretty stoked, thanks for posting the link all the same. I have not seen a .7000 x64 version of this out yet so will wait for that as i read somewhere that going from .6xxx to .7xxx wasnt all that. I am a fan of Ubuntu and the various flavs of linux as well as the wonders of Windows.. even if we sometimes have/choose to go a bit backwards to get ahead..meh. Now that i've got it installed i'm at a loss for something new to do...

thehippoz: I'd be quite grateful to hear some of your vista 64 tweaks in greater detail if you find yourself wanting to expound.. i have been sticking with the 32 though i have both on 2 machines.. not sure why exactly.. Anyways, happy holidaze all.

Chem
ParaHelix.org 30th December 2008, 01:49 Quote
http://i.zdnet.com/gallery/256974-480-360.png

Now, Isn't that a sorry sight.
thehippoz 30th December 2008, 03:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by n3mo

@thehippoz

I tested Vista x64 on many machines, including my main rig (16GB of RAM, two Opterons and a 4870) and performance was poor. Boot times, in-game framerates, number crunching - you name it, Vista sucked in it.

About XP being for newbies - it's the other way around. Vista is for newbies, with all the "automagic" wizards, shiny stuff and so on. It couldn't even run in my network (which has several layers, three domain controllers and about nine other machines connected at all times), it just gave me a BSOD every time I tried to change any options. "Network map" just freezes. XP and windows7 work OK after some configuration (obviously).

All in all Vista was just a premature $$$-maker for Microsoft, 7 might be better (although I would love it to be x64 only). We'll see.

I used to post alot of guides on evga before I got banned for being.. well me.. here's the major tweaks I use.. http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.asp?m=515947&mpage=1&key=& the registry compact in vista manager really improves system performance if you run it every once in a while- it's comparable to the old compactor in norton for xp (it's not a registry cleaner- reorganizes for faster access)

enjoy .. happy new years guys.. think might have found a new forum to play in- been using different forums since my banning at evga- it's thier loss imo.. was just cracking jokes and a new mod and some out of control mods couldn't handle it I guess.. might have hit too close to home =]

you guys in the uk are alright.. seems like your more into the technical of how things work instead of- look at me I got a couple thousand to spend.. now tell me what to do with it :)
Smilodon 30th December 2008, 16:59 Quote
I have been running Build 6956 a few weeks, and I love it so far. It's running on a 3 year old laptop, but still works fast and smooth. No driver problems either :) (HP NX8220).

Oh, and they have finally upgraded paint and the calculator (The latter have become pretty damn good, BTW).

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stickeh
Looking good, but i dont like that taskbar, well not on my main machine, on my netbook, fine, but i'd still like an idication text-wise as to what it is lying on my taskbar, time will tell though, it probably works a lot better when you're using it.

It can be changed to show text as well, but still group. Works great :)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Grinch123456
I can imagine the new taskbar would be extremely useful to kids fapping to videos and then their parents come in. They can minimize the firefox window without having to actually close it and furthermore, they won't have to worry about their parents reading the first few words on the website! The jubilation that 15 year olds must feel, I can only imagine, can only be described as jubilation.

Poor kids.

Nah. just move the mouse to the bottom right corner, and everything disappears. ;)

Quote:
Originally Posted by kylew
LOL I love that one, people load up their PCs with 4 and 8GBs of RAM, then complain when their OS uses it. Vista uses the RAM that you bought with your money. The only ones who complain about it using too much RAM are those people who have large amounts of RAM just for the e-peen they think it brings.

For some reason some people believe that more RAM = faster computer. I talked to a guy a couple of days ago that wanted more RAM because hes computer was getting slow. Turns out that hes C: partition was 98% full....
pendragon 30th December 2008, 19:15 Quote
i'll wait for a final release I think.. why I would want a (possiblely) sketchy OS copy that's not even final is beyond me!
TomH 30th December 2008, 23:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pendragon
i'll wait for a final release I think.. why I would want a (possiblely) sketchy OS copy that's not even final is beyond me!
This is why we use virtual machines to test these things. ;)

But it's really not that sketchy tbh. Particularly not for anything stressful. I don't think anyone would have advocated switching to using it as your primary OS, however. :)
leexgx 31st December 2008, 05:35 Quote
VM software very usefull for testing this stuff allso not bad when you got 8gb of ram and can run an bunch of VMs with out running out of ram

they updated task manager to now show available ram (dono why thay added Free ram in taskman on vista (that most likey started all that all my ram is been used up crap and should remove free completely from windows 7), Resource Monitor to Show users who do not understand ram usage to much (click on the memory tab in Res Mon)

seems to work very well for an beta
Indybird 31st December 2008, 07:02 Quote
So I've been using the beta build 7000 (32-Bit of course) for a few days now; I got it from my friend who is an MSDN member (or something like that).

The first thing I couldn't believe; the install speed. From putting the installation disc in for the first time to being on my desktop was under an hour.

The next thing I noticed was how smooth it ran. Mind you my machine is pretty modern, but I had absolutely no hitches; everything loaded near-instantly. It definitely runs way faster than my Vista 64-Bit (which runs faster than my other friends' 32-Bit XP and 32-Bit Vista configs). Furthermore, it hasn't frozen or BSOD'd yet.

Thank god the all Vista drivers are compatible with Windows 7, because only ATI so far has been kind enough to prepare Windows 7 preview drivers.

The start bar is kinda weird. I like everything about it except for the lack of text. The common tasks are useful, the group works very well, and I cant live without the window previews (since Windows Vista).

I could go on for hours about the new features, changes and improvements, but I thought I'd just touch on the first impressions.

Here's there wierd thing though. I am running 4GB of RAM, and in addition to that I have a 512MB ATI HD4850. Even though it was 32-Bit it some how recognized (and as far as I know addressed) all 4GB of RAM.

If you have any specific questions, I'd be more than willing to answer them.

-Indybird
Stompy 31st December 2008, 11:59 Quote
I've also been testing it and been very impressed with the performance so far. I have it installed on my old machine (single core A64 3000+, 1gb ram) and it runs faster than a fresh install of vista on my much higher specced laptop (Core Duo 2.16ghz, 4gb ram), and the laptop doesn't feel that slow to me.
Gravemind123 1st January 2009, 21:45 Quote
My Vista install went and died on me yesterday, so I installed Windows 7 Beta instead and I have to say, it has so far worked just as well as Vista SP1 did, all of my hardware's Vista drivers seem to function properly in Windows 7. It is very similar to Vista, but with a few nice distinguishing features, like dragging a window to the top of the screen to maximize, dragging them to the side for a comparison style look or making invisible windows by dragging the mouse to the bottom right corner.
Saivert 4th January 2009, 05:35 Quote
I could probably manage (mark the word "manage") running Windows 95 today. You can surf the web, do you email and play games (old games). The questions isn't what you are able to manage or not. The questions is about what you like. What you truly enjoy using. And I enjoy Vista more than XP, and I enjoy Windows 7 more than Vista. Yes there are problems. But Windows 7 seems snappier and smoother than Vista. Takes some to know this OS as well. That's the good thing. Things ought to change between OS releases. Some people don't want fancy features or any changes and I can respect that. But that often doesn't resonate well with the industry. The industry needs changes to push forward. It's a business after all.

I've been running Windows 7 now for the past 3 days, played games on it and watched HD movies among other stuff I usually do without thinking that this is a BETA operating system that much.
PunkBuster kicks you off servers if you play online games protected by it because it thinks the new API functions in Windows 7 are cheats (modified OS code). EvenBalance is not likely to update PunkBuster for Windows 7 before it hits RTM. Valve's VAC protection however runs just fine on Windows 7.
mooseguy 5th January 2009, 11:09 Quote
I downloaded it overnight, and am going to install it now. It really does look like KDE 4 though :P. If it really is as snappy as people make out then I'm looking forward to this!
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