To sum it up: Windows 7 is (IMHO) the true Windows after XP. Let's forget Vista as fast as possible - and I'm happy that I was able to dodge it! I only had to use it a few times for work at customer sites but even that was too much for me ;)
So far almost all of my devices work with Windows 7. Here's a brief list:
- Asus motherboard (P6T) - Windows 7 64bit drivers available from the Asus home page. Audio driver ZIP-file is corrupted though. Will have do with the Windows included drivers for now.
- NVidia Quadro FX - like the Asus: downloadable Windows 7 64bit drivers. Works.
- Fingerprint sensor (notebook): works with Vista 64bit drivers like a charm.
- Cardreader (notebook): works with drivers downloaded from WindowsUpdate (no clue why they weren't included though)
- WWAN (Ericsson F3507g, notebook): device seems to work with the Vista 64bit driver, but the "dialling software" of my mobile provider fails to connect. Same error seems to happen in Vista though, so I'm standing by.
- Modem (notebook): works fine, although the driver update from WindowsUpdate was required as well.
- Integrated webcam (notebook): works.
- Color Laserprinter (magicolor 2430DL): works with the Vista 64bit drivers.
- DeskJet 970Cxi: works with the Vista 64bit drivers.
- FireWire ports: work with the integrated drivers. Can record HDV directly with Adobe OnLocation on my notebook now. Saves two to three hours on production time for my pawpet videos! Yay!
- Bummer! My trusty plustek PL806 scanner does have a Vista driver but the setup says "OS no support". D'oh! Have to use my old notebook for scanning until that is fixed it seems.
- Bluetooth based remote control (keyboard/mouse) works with the Vista 64bit bluetooth drivers for the notebook.
- Wacom Intuos 2 driver: Latest Vista 64bit driver installs well and works.
- iPod nano: works - although I used WinAmp to access it, I don't like iTunes...
On a related note... I have an old HP JetDirect 500X (network printserver for parallel port printers) that I use to hook up my DeskJet printer. Since I had to re-do my network infrastructure the IP configuration changed and I tried to set a new IP-Address. HP web site says: go download "HP Web Jetadmin" and configure it. OK. I know the drill. It's called "web" for unbeknownst reasons and really is a regular application. But as I tried to install the latest version on a temporary server I received the following error message:
WTF!? 3GB OF RAM TO SET AN IP ADDRESS!? And people call Windows a resource hog! Found out that the box supports telnet based configuration as well...
OK, now for the software I've tested so far (note: these aren't complete tests, just mere "Yes, I can start it and click some menus" tests)
- Adobe CS4 (Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Acrobat, OnLocation, Encore)
- Office 2007 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- QuickTime 7
- UltraEdit32 (UltraCompare)
- VMWare Workstation (6.5)
- Total Commander (7.5 beta)
Somebody asked me how the multi-core CPU support in Windows 7 is. Well, I still haven't looked it up, but Windows 7 Ultimate does run sweet on the Core i7 (quad-core) CPU that supports hyperthreading... resulting in eight(!) logical CPUs in the OS as you can see here:
And for giggles: Here's my next desktop as it is now, running the most crucial Windows application of all times of course!
Since I earn my money using that stuff, it's more of a business expense... and no, I'm not bragging here (well, not much at least :) but seeing that several of my LJ friends are tech guys (and probably gals ;) I thought I'll keep you posted. Anyway: Normallity almost reached!