On April 30 Microsoft released Windows 7 Release Candidate to MSDN subscribers and to the general public on May 1. Microsoft is practically giving the operating system away until March 2010. I installed Windows 7, and here are my findings on the new OS.
Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7
I’ve been planning, in my mind for quite some time that day. The last time I help I spent all my systems, let alone the notebook that is my main machine, was almost 3 years. Windows XP had so slowly that I wait for the release candidate of Windows 7 to be honest. Release candidate means Se7en is phase of beta testing and is for casual gamers use OK, but not quite “correctly” yet.
I have good my homework. I drove my files, creates a virtual machine (VMware free tool, VMware vCenter converter) on my main partition and creates bootable devices emergency, just in case I had to return to Windows XP, heaven forbid. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Windows XP, but in the last 9 years or so, I learned the aging hate operating system. This was particularly acute when Vista was introduced (what I could accept from pure laziness) and I saw all the new “stuff” that she came with.
I inserted the DVD Windows restarted my machine and started the installation. Surprisingly not required to install and soon after it was made. I ran 7 for the first time!
Hello Windows 7!
You won’t believe, how happy I was when I first saw the new features in Windows 7. It was full of “cool” stuff, including the new taskbar, called “Power bar” by many. However, it was very similar to Vista, maybe with a new default background for the desktop. Perhaps is the most important thing I wanted visits speed was Windows 7, it is the ability to respond and it the memory utilization.
Needless to say I was shocked when applications started me to freeze even if they have worked fine for a while. IE8 froze, froze Media Player and froze in the taskbar. I could not understand what was wrong. Another thing me was disturbed that Windows was 7 storage with way too much on my 3 GB RAM “Vista Capable” three-year old gateway. Have your info, the first thing should do after 7 is really installing Windows or other operating system, to verify that your driver is successfully installed for your hardware. I do this because it so long since I last done.
My “mass storage device” installed and this caused 7 to pause every few minutes with abnormal hard drive activity. That was, what caused the intermittent “freezing” and my nightmares. I wanted not back to XP. Once I installed the updated drivers from gateway home page (I used the Vista drivers), was the problem and looked things never better.
Key Differences Between Windows XP and Windows 7
I must admit that I see not coming. Windows 7 has been exceptionally attractive and pleasant nimble to update after installing the drivers. Back to Windows XP, IE8 was exceptionally slow and fails to say, but on 7, it was much better. I thought it would be better, but not so well off. And the more I spend more time with the new operating system, the more I fall me in with the new operating system. By default, there are so many “features” installed you almost see the new wave of antitrust crawled on Microsoft. However, they’re gone all capable of turn almost.
And the cool factor is up. I mean to enable things like the preview window without it. I mean, shake a window to it the only one standing (minimize all other Windows). Drag a window to the left edge of the screen there dock and then another window on the right side view side-by-side. I mean, “Aero Peek” hidden all active Windows on the desktop without a single click view with the mouse over the “Show Desktop” button at the end of the taskbar (it would click minimize all Windows).
You can view the contents of every tab in IE simply by hovering over the IE icon in the taskbar. This also works for multi-document applications such as Word and Excel; you can preview all open documents simply by hovering over the Word icon in the taskbar.
Searching for anything in Windows 7 is extremely simple and fast. Almost every window has a search area in the top right corner. Searching indexes folder is lightning fast and considerably quick for non-indexed areas.
If I were to list all the new stuff that comes with Windows 7 over XP, or even Vista, I’d have to write a book. It just goes to show that it really does help users work faster, more efficiently, and in my case, become much happier people.