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Windows 7 has landed...

It has arrived! In all it's glory. Windows 7 RTM was available for MSDN subscribers (like me) several hours ago. Sorry, I lost time staying up all night ;)

Anyhow... what are my first impressions with Microsofts newest OS so far:

1.: It is definitely faster than Vista when run on the same hardware. At least on my laptop where I had the direc comparison. The Laptop came with Vista 32bit preinstalled and I updated it to Win7 64bit. Since the number of bits don't mean performance but rather better memory management and most new PCs are 64bit anyway I still think it's a valid comparison.

2.: Does it look like a beta? Like Vista RTM did? Well, not where it counts. So far I've only found one... ahem... screw up: no matter where I click on a "help" icon or link, the help window shows me that "This topic isn't available in your version of windows"... but that can have any number of reasons: missing internet connection at that time being one :)

3.: As to be expected, driver support is somewhat limited right now. If you really absolutely have to use all of your hardware from the get-go, it'll be better to wait until drivers become available. The MSDN-download I'm using is intended for ISVs to update their software.

4.: Adobe CS4 works fine, including the video apps. Yeah! Finally I can use OnLocation for HDV!

5.: mIRC and Skype also run fine, Skype requires on of the newer versions tough.

6.: Windows Update (WSUS) already has a category for Windows 7, so patch management also started... although all updates were for Office 2007 yet.

Up next: Completing the server update, setting up the new desktop and migrating all software (hopefully) to the new machine...


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Aug. 8th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Very Nice Cant wait till October 22nd for my compy its already ordered with my new PC :P
Aug. 9th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Re: Nice
By October the drivers/applications should provide updates... I'm just happy that everything I need for my day-to-day business works... But I'm not a gamer nor a professional artist, I just do the art stuff as a hobby - and as long as I can use a virtual machine for my development work, I'm fine.
Aug. 9th, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tips!
Does Search/Find work well again, like it hasn't for a long time?
Aug. 9th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
Can you elaborate a bit on what/how you define "working" or "not workin"? I can enter filenames in the search dialog and it will find the files... But since I use Total Commander (the tool formerly known as Windows Commander) for my file management needs I can not tell much difference ;)
Aug. 9th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
ooo... I appreciate the interest.. tanx!

I may haveta try consider this Total Commander... looks interesting... I've tried to locate FIND software that's not malware... eeeesh.. :}

Foist of all, I'm not one of those who is toooooo disappointed in Vista... it's worked pretty well for me. Hardly ever crashes at all, and they really really fixed the memory leaks that slowed systems even through XP.

The Search though is really a drag, in SP1 and even worse in SP2.. :/

In XP and previous versions of Windows, it was one click and there you were at the Find window, ready to enter your query. You could even set a Default to narrow it down from two steps to one, and have it always check All Files at the very start. One Step. WOOT!

So Vista comes along, and now it's
1. Go to Search
2. Click Advanced
3. Change Location to Everywhere
4. Click non-indexed, hidden, system check
5. NOW, you can finally input your search... but
6. the Query format seems more strict than it used to be too, so ya better get it right!

In the past, one could search for something like FISH and it would easily find it. Wildcards would help, but they weren't necessary, but now it seems crucial, so if you have filenames such as JoeFish.png it won't find them unless you enter *fish.* in the query field. ;P

I'd also like it to have a "Date is Within" parameter like Macs used to, but I guess that's asking too much.

So I have to go through lots of searches and lots of wildcard guesses before I locate the files. And SP2 is even one MORE step, as they took Search out of the windows button menu! SEVEN steps! And then questionable results! It's very annoying...

Thus.. Search is really the only super-annoying thing I deal with in Vista. I appreciate the safeguards it has actually. Nearly every program runs even if I have to put it in legacy or admin mode. And in my biz seeing so many people lose their stuff due to malware and viruses, I am thankful Vista has extra roadblocks against that stuff. I hope they retained some in Win7 .. :}
Aug. 11th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
OK Sorry for the delay... I've been busy doing patches to the servers here... they aren't that new and have about 50 patches each :(

First: I tried to search for "cmd" and it found cmd somewhere inside the filename as well. But it's just a simple search bar, like the quick search in IE8. Maybe there are query options (for date or such) but I didn't bother to check. Again, I use Total Commander and it has all those bells and whistles you mentioned: create/modify/access date is less equal greater than X can be specified as well as "include archives" or "search for text". If you know your way around file systems, I can highly recommend it!
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