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It's just a shame that we can't serve snacks and balloons on ILX.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Thursday, 24 September 2009 01:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Nothing? No one?

I've heard one very enthusiastic review from a friend who installed it on a machine that could never handle Vista. (Despite the awfulness of the video above.)

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Sunday, 27 September 2009 08:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

i don't mind it so far, but that's just from doing some testing work using it rather than for actual day-to-day use

electric sound of jim (original version) (electricsound), Sunday, 27 September 2009 08:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

Interesting to me, and I don't think coincidental, that Apple and MS both released a major OS upgrade this year that is leaner and faster than the one before it, with no big fat new features at all. "Upgrade" isn't exactly the right word for either of them, at least not in the way that people usually understand upgrades. I'm still playing with Snow Leopard on my Mac, and it's the happiest that new core-level software has made me since OS X came out. It actually freed up 10% of my hard drive, and I have never seen any OS startup or shutdown this fast in my whole entire life. If Windows 7 is anything like that, I may finally be tempted away from XP.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Sunday, 27 September 2009 08:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

The only major differences between the Premium and Ultimate editions are the XP compatibility mode and that Bitlocker crap, right? And about £100 in price.

Baffles me why there isn't just one edition with everything in it.

James Mitchell, Sunday, 27 September 2009 09:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Halt! Fergiezeit (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 27 September 2009 09:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, with a bit of luck our next PC will have this on it and I can avoid having to live with Vista ever.

Halt! Fergiezeit (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 27 September 2009 09:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Amazed that Microsoft dropped the cutesy names and went back to plain ol' numbers. But retro-stylee would require it to be Windows 7.0, no?

Aimless, Monday, 28 September 2009 00:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

I shall be getting a copy for parallels using the very attractive student offer they have going at the moment.

Mornington Crescent (Ed), Monday, 28 September 2009 00:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Windows 7.1 actually xp

baout.com (dyao), Monday, 28 September 2009 01:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm thinking about doing that too Ed but I'm worried that MS has snuck some anti-Mac compatibility stuff into W7

baout.com (dyao), Monday, 28 September 2009 01:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've had no end of trouble with the UAC in Vista and Windows 7 seems to be just as bad.

Jaq, Monday, 28 September 2009 02:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

Windows 7.1 actually xp

Windows 7 is actually version 6.1.

James Mitchell, Monday, 28 September 2009 07:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

xp is 5.1!

electric sound of jim (original version) (electricsound), Monday, 28 September 2009 07:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Been using Windows 7 for nearly a year now as m main OS from one of the beta releases. Had some early compatiability issues with software and hardware, but sa far as I can tell everything is smoothed out now on my system.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 28 September 2009 09:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've had the RC on my server since they released it, and it's been fine and lovely on there (the new version of media centre is especially nice). But I'm holding off using it on my lappy because it's not going to play well with the network at work, apparently. And sticking with XP on my desktop because of soundcard compatibility issues.

JimD, Monday, 28 September 2009 09:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

okay I just watched the video and wow

baout.com (dyao), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 07:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

I should say, I watched about 2 minutes before I stopped it so I could go grab the Host Notes from the Windows 7 Party Website in order to prepare for my awesome Windows 7 Party

baout.com (dyao), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 07:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty butthurt that nobody's invited me to one yet.

JimD, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 08:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've been using Windows 7 for a month or so - it's really great, like Vista with all the annoying shit taken out. The "drag window to the side of the screen to dock" thing is insanely useful, to the extent that it annoys me when I can't do it on XP. The sleep mode doesn't play nice with my nvidia graphics card, tho I think that's nvidia being annoying rather than ms. Getting etworking to go with my XP laptop is a pain tho. Win7 can see the Shared Docs folder on XP, but XP can't see anything on the Win7. V. Annoying!

NotEnough, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 08:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

wow that video makes me want to commit murder

rather shipped (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 10:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

that's exactly what they want

modescalator (blueski), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 10:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

They don't even have a stake in your committing murder. Some operating systems just want to watch the world burn.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 10:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

am0n, Sunday, 25 October 2009 16:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

am0n, Sunday, 25 October 2009 16:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

Microsoft is hitting hard on the advertising theme that Win7 is simpler, leaner and faster. This is intriguing, but is it true? MS has been retailing Windows that are resource hogs since they put it on the market. It seems improbable that they would reverse field at this late stage and actually trim it down and optimize it.

Aimless, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

am0n, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

I am on dial up. youtube urls are just an invitation to sit around for 30 minutes waiting fo it to load. that is an invitation I never accept. Could you be troubled to write 35 words of text on this subject for the youtube impoverished?

Aimless, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

never mind, am0n. I can see now you have no useful information to share.

Aimless, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

looool u mad?

am0n, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

for the dial-up stone age web surfers: youtube video of a commercial showing a doughy adult male proudly claiming he came up with the windows 7 ability to "snap" two separate windows together

am0n, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

So glad I switched to OS X a year ago.

kshighway1, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

And that commercial in the first post is unforgivable.

kshighway1, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

like snapping 2 windows together is some sort of game-changer in the OS world

am0n, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

hahahaha.

when I first started using OS X, I was surprised that everything actually, you know, worked. which shows how high XP set my expectations for operating systems.

kshighway1, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

have you guys seen what the new MICROSOFT RETAIL STORE looks like?

check it out: http://daringfireball.net/linked/2009/10/22/microsoft-stores

kshighway1, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

YouTube user VonHelp sums it up nicely:

Shameless, the floor, the way computers are arranged and the "Ritual" of high five. An excellent copy... well done Microsoft you are almost like apple, just fix the crashes, the virus, get an iPhone, iPod, and an Appstore.

kshighway1, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

eh i don't even want to get into mac vs pc. im just in it for the inept microsoft marketing lols

am0n, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Windows is not 'bloated' anyone who thinks this is showing ignorance of OS's, what is bloated is the computers people get from OEMs which are full of trialware crap that helps to bring down the prices.

XP with SP2+ is a great OS, Vista had problems till SP1

The problem is MS needed to start getting it right from the get go.

Windows 7 is only superficially different to Vista, however it's Vista + a few service packs and a bit of polish on the UI.

Mainly a PR release.

Jarlrmai, Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

From a user's perspective that is true although XP was getting gnarly from a sysadmin's point of view. There's a lot of under the hood bloat removed from Vista to get to 7 which should make it pretty good. I'm looking forward to installing it this week and finding out just how good it is.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 25 October 2009 18:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Totally OTM about MS's need to get an OS right the first time for the majority of users.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 25 October 2009 18:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

7 is pretty good so far (I got it for free ^_^)

the blackest thing ever seen (HI DERE), Sunday, 25 October 2009 18:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

So when did Microsoft decide that the theme of "extreme Bible camp survivor" was the way they wanted their marketing to go?

A party?!

dog latin, Sunday, 25 October 2009 19:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm a sysadmin with around 6000 users, XP has been amazing for us, Vista/7 promises to maintain that nice OS stability, the new management shit is great but then Group Policy Prefs was fine

I've been using 7 for around a month and it's great, but then Vista was fine also and XP was okay but you could tell the hardware was starting to outstrip it.

VMs have made the upgrade a non brainer, I can run anything I need to in my XP VM.

Multicore/SSD etc all better with W7/Vista

Jarlrmai, Sunday, 25 October 2009 20:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

for the dial-up stone age web surfers: youtube video of a commercial showing a doughy adult male proudly claiming he came up with the windows 7 ability to "snap" two separate windows together

― am0n, Sunday, October 25, 2009 10:38 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark

There's a freeware program called Gridmove that's been doing that for years. It takes up about 4mb of RAM and it's great, and they should sue the ass off of Microsoft. Sue the doughy guy too.

throwbookatface (skygreenleopard), Monday, 26 October 2009 17:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2009/07/28/9850416.aspx#9852298

In the taskbar, click the button for the first window you want to position, then hold the Ctrl key and right-click the button for the second window. Select Tile Vertically. Bingo, the two windows are positioned side by side.

abanana, Monday, 26 October 2009 20:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

Why u guys r hating ,,, u didnt hate apple when they did these ads about microsoft ,, so microsoft had to fight back ... plus 10 yrs ago u guys wouldnt even know what apple is ,,i do not hate apple ,, well i love it .. but i still respect microsoft for everything they did to the computer world ... and i think microsoft entered the history ,,, but apple didnt and will never do coz everything they did it was a copy of something else but with nicer design and featires.

richard belzer (jeff), Monday, 26 October 2009 20:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

anyone try this out on vmware fusion on a mac yet? does it run any faster than XP did (XP ran okay)?

akm, Monday, 26 October 2009 20:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Microsoft is hitting hard on the advertising theme that Win7 is simpler, leaner and faster. This is intriguing, but is it true?

In my recent experience, it does run much better on older hardware than Vista did. I have a 4-5 year old HP workstation with a 3.2 Pentium 4 and 4GB of ram. Not terrible specs, but Vista choked it to death, and 7 runs just fine.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Monday, 26 October 2009 21:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Does it run better than XP?

James Mitchell, Monday, 26 October 2009 21:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

Speed-wise, yes. Though it does have trouble with my network connections in a way that XP doesn't.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Monday, 26 October 2009 21:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

I mean, speed-wise, about the same. The machine was "Designed for Windows XP" as the little sticker says, so I can't really do better than XP for sheer performance.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Monday, 26 October 2009 21:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Please to fix Windows Explorer, thx.

Doesn't refresh, so if you delete a load of files from a folder they still show. Sometimes even after you hit F5 a load of times. Have to click on another folder and then back on the original folder.

"folder not found" error-displaying after I deleted the folder so no shit it's not found

also really annoying - highlight a few files in a folder, click to sort a column e.g. modified date, the files are no longer highlighted. XP used to keep them highlighted if you change the view/sort

Some of the other problems I was having turned out to be "features" I could turn off, so if anyone knows how to stop the above from happening I'd be much obliged.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Opening a legitimate text file on a network directory can let someone gain access to your computer. Good job Microsoft. Affects XP on up.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms11-071#section1

anorange (abanana), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

good to see everyone stoked for windows 8

Once Were Moderators (DG), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 22:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Once Were Moderators (DG), Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that"

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 15 September 2011 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Opening a legitimate text file on a network directory can let someone gain access to your computer. Good job Microsoft. Affects XP on up.

It must be fairly rare for someone to access a file from a network directory that a hacker would have access to, unless they'd already compromised the network, I'd think.

o. nate, Thursday, 15 September 2011 21:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Amazing new features in Windows 8! Including Task Bar and Reset!

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/374587/30-best-features-of-windows-8

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 14 May 2012 04:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

It’s possible, for example, to download the ISO of a Linux distribution or another piece of software to the desktop, double-click to “mount” the file, and run the setup executable without having to physically burn the ISO to disc.

o brave new world that has such features in it

good men like my father, or president truman (difficult listening hour), Monday, 14 May 2012 04:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tapping in passwords on a tablet, even using Microsoft’s excellent soft keyboard, is hardly ideal. Picture passwords are an inventive alternative.

Select a photo from your library, make three gestures with your finger on the chosen photo – tapping each of your children in alphabetical order, for example, or swiping across three letters in a picture of fridge magnets – and that becomes your Windows login. Picture passwords can be used with both touchscreens and mouse controls.

this is like a rejected MS Bob feature. "no, that's too insecure, let's just reset the password after 5 failed attempts instead"

the acquisition and practice of music is unfavourable to the health of (abanana), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

tapping each of your children in alphabetical order

good men like my father, or president truman (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 01:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Does anyone know any good 3rd part media streaming software for Windows 7? There's a PS3 in the house and I'd love to just stream my movies/tv/music folders, but I don't want to drag everything away from their custom folders into the Windows Libraries stuff. If there's a way to just add folders or shortcuts to WMP, I haven't found it.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, the most customizable thing about WMP is that I can choose it to sort stuff via genre or stars or other such BS. I want to just say "This folder, D:\My Music, stream the damn thing!"

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

ps3 media server works pretty well

silverfish, Thursday, 24 May 2012 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink


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