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squirbel's avatar

Are you going to test the RC version of Windows 7?

Asked by squirbel (4267points) May 5th, 2009

I’m semi-excited to test it. I like new things, especially OSs. Even though Mac is my choice system, I still respect Linux distros and I give every Windows iteration a chance.

I will be downloading RC through p2p, since Microsoft has acknowledged they are allowing the release to be free for a year.

I will be getting my key directly from Microsoft, at this link:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx

Join me, and share any feelings you have about this release!

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19 Answers

SeventhSense's avatar

With a name like Seven it’s gotta be a winner.

jrpowell's avatar

I will later today. But I will run it in a VM on my iMac. I’m waiting for a new external hard drive to show up today. I’m running low on space.

I ran the last beta from a external firewire drive and liked it. The new drive is USB only so I’m not really sure what to expect running it off of that. Maybe I can delete enough stuff to install it on the internal drive. But I don’t really care that much.

squirbel's avatar

I’m planning to install it on my x64 pc. Let me know how the VM performs!

BTW, for the record, and future commentary I may make, my PC has x64 architecture, 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM.

@seven I agree!

The microsoft direct download surprisingly is faster than p2p. I’m at 19% after 15 minutes with direct, and 1% with p2p. It’s just one seeder, that’s why. This thing just dropped.

cwilbur's avatar

I might, if they’re making it free. There’s really not much I use Windows for, though, so I hope Solitaire still works.

Tobotron's avatar

No because the appalling’ness of Vista moved me to Ubuntu and Mint Linux and I don’t know why I didn’t earlier cause its so much easier and simpler and the software is free woop woop…Windows is only of real use for games and Office 2007.

squirbel's avatar

You don’t use Open Office? Office is useless and expensive.

Tobotron's avatar

@squirbel I use Open Office all the time, the only reason I touch Office 2007 is for work when I’m being sent files with wacky templates or if I’m sending someone collaborative work where I know they will have odd formatting issues, and even then Office 07 runs in a virtual XP…besides I didn’t pay for Office 07 lol

Tobotron's avatar

such a rebel eh lol…I would say that netbook market has taken off recently esp in the EU and Linux has a market share here of 30% despite that MS still bullies for XP…netbooks are where Windows 7 is gonna have to succeed on or Linux is gonna totally steal the show which it’s doing now to an extent which has gotta be good news.

squirbel's avatar

This isn’t a discussion about what platform is best – merely a feedback for the RC version of Windows 7 :(

Tobotron's avatar

sorry, so nope I won’t be…

squirbel's avatar

It’s all good – I finished downloading it a while ago, entire process took an hour and 15 minutes.

I think you should try it!

:D

eambos's avatar

I’ve been dual booted between Vista x64 and Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) for a while. I“m wiping the beta partition and installing the RC1 there.

Vista ran great on my PC, but Windows 7 runs even greater! 6gb RAM, 3.6ghz Dual Core, HD4870 graphics, etc.

If MS offers Vista users any sort of discount on Windows 7 when it is released, I will definitely buy it.

ccatron's avatar

the cool thing about this RC is that you can use it until June of 2010. after that it shuts down every 2 hrs.

squirbel's avatar

@eambos: What are some of the features you like about Windows 7? I hate reading insider tips and articles before the product is released, so I’m a Windows 7 nub.

@ccatron: yeah, I don’t mind that, if it is good, I will buy it.

I must admit, I’ve been the biggest Microsoft basher for the past 13 years. But I am not blind, and I must give kudos where it’s due – this plan to release it for free to the general populace is awesome.

HeNkiSdaBro's avatar

running it in VMWare already, the x64 version. Works nicely.

squirbel's avatar

I have it installed. I think I like it. I love how they have given us control over what messages we see. [No more nagging!]

I also love the stickies app, I use the heck of out my mac stickies.

The interface is very snappy and quick.

I did the Windows Experience Index; my computer rated 5.7. Meh.

squirbel's avatar

It’s 2:00pm right now, yet my system clock is 2 hours behind. I have it set to automatically update, and the time zone is correct [central US]. wtf? How can you mess the time up, Microsoft?

HeNkiSdaBro's avatar

I installed Windows 7 RC yesterday as a dual boot option to my Win XP x64. It is seriously faster than Win XP already, feels really snappy. Especially running Lightroom 2.3 64-bit inside Windows 7 is blazing fast! Just like it should be. Windows XP is just bad architecture for high end hardware. Trouble is that some of my devices don’t install properly… (Logitech Quickcam Pro5000)

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