So far the Windows 7 Beta has kicked off rather strangely for me. It took forever to get my hands on it as millions of people were all fighting to get it first. It would appear that a lot of people are interested in this new version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
After finally getting the 32-bit version and securing a key, I began installing it on an older Compaq Presario R3000 laptop. This machine has a 3.0Ghz P4 HT processor, 1.25GB of DDR RAM, ATI Radeon IGP 9000 GPU with 128MB of shared memory. This system runs XP well, but Vista brings it to its knees. This is why I choose to install Win7 on it first. I wanted to see how well Win7 could handle being dropped onto an older machine and scale to its performance level. Amazingly it did very well.
There were some issues though, as to be expected. Windows 7 installs much faster then previous Windows OS’s and also requires much less user intervention. By far the easiest and quickest to install full featured OS I have seen to date. It found most of the hardware with ease during the initial install and quickly offered driver updates for hardware that is recognized later after the install. All but the video driver. This isn’t Windows fault though, as ATI no longer supports the IGP 9000 and there exists no Vista driver for it. The latest driver available is an XP driver that also was rarely updated during its lifecycle.
Everything else went very well and the system booted pretty fast. The standard VGA driver Windows provides for the orphaned 9000 chip actually allows for 1440 x 900 and 32-bit color, so the only thing it lacks is hardware acceleration for DirectX. Considering it isn’t a gaming computer and I never intended it to be, this really isn’t much issue. It performs as fast as the XP machine, and so far shows little signs of bugs.
All in all I’m quite impressed with how solid the OS is so far. Even before it left the pre-beta stages it seemed to be very solid. I’d venture to say this is the most stable version of Windows yet. However I will remind you this still beta software and there still could be issues and bugs that appear later on.
Now for the interesting bit. It refuses to install on my much newer desktop machine. I have a Gateway GT6528 with a Core2 Quad Q6600 running at 2.4Ghz, 6GB of DDR2 Dual Channel RAM, nVidia GeForce 9600GT with 512MB of GDDR3 VRAM, and it runs Vista Ultimate x64 with pure ease. No matter how I go about it, it will not install. I goes through until it starts to copy the files over and it pops up with a message stating that “Windows could not collect information for [OSImage] since the specified image file [install.wim] does not exist.”
I will post screenshots and more info once I dive more into it. For now… mixed feelings on the OS as a whole… but pretty good on the parts I have gotten to see.
Windows 7 is set to be released to public beta January 9th according to the Windows website. I have tinkered around with the pre-beta and it really seems to be a very stable OS so far. I also find that it has some nice features that make it a more well rounded OS then Vista is. In my honest opinion though, Windows 7 should be Vista SP3 and not a new OS. These are the features that should have been in Vista all along. I’m not the first to say this and I won’t be the last I’m sure. However I’m still looking forward to installing the public beta of Windows 7 on my laptop to see how well it performs on older hardware, as well as dual booting on my much more powerful desktop to see all its eye candy. I’ll let you know how it goes with the install and keep you updated on how well the OS handles.
I’m in the information technology field, and have worked for a large corporation, government agencies, and volunteered to help with IT support of the hurricane Katrina recovery effort on the gulf coast of Mississippi. I began working with computers when I was about 4 years old when my sister started teaching me to program in BASIC on a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer. I continued to tinker and program on various platforms and later entered college to pursue a degree in computer science. Sidelined by a desire to repair and design electronics I changed majors and ended up with a degree in electronics instead. After meeting a very influential teacher at that college I also got a degree in instrumentation and automated manufacturing. All three of these degrees would provide me with both hands on hardware and software experience that would challenge me to be creative and think outside the box. Having already programmed at a young age and the fact that the three degrees included their own programming I decided to study programming also. Being thirsty for knowledge I signed up for networking classes to expand my knowledge in that area as well. In the wake of 9/11/2001 when I graduated, jobs in the IT field in my area where hard to find and I was force to try running my own IT company. After 4 years of small time projects and supporting home users I was offered a chance to volunteer my time to help a major contractor for FEMA with IT field support in southern Mississippi after hurricane Katrina destroyed the area. This proved to be a very stressful and and challenging job as conditions and network availability were not conducive for easy work-flow. This would be the best education I would receive to date and greatly helped to strengthen my IT skills. After ending the contract, I would be offered a job in IT at one of the local counties I had worked in during the recovery effort. These and other events in my life have given me the knowledge to be the flexible IT professional I am today. Always being fascinated with technology and science of all kinds I have now begun thinking about writing on technology. Although I have no writing experience, I feel the need to express my opinions and share them with people. As a result I have started writing a book.
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