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Windows 7 seems to be worth it

Joe Harry
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Guys,

I'm finding Windows 7 much much worth the buy. I paid 120 Euros for the Windows Home Premium and it looks promising. Faster than all the previous versions. Improved graphics experience. I'm impressed. Got a VMBox running Ubuntu and I'm experiencing a good learning on that as well.


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Meh. If it weren't for Photoshop CS3 requiring XP, I'd still be on Win2k. And I have an MSDN subscription, so an upgrade is free!
Now Ubuntu, those upgrades are worth what you pay for


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Things I like about Windows 7:

  • Drag-and-drop from Explorer to the Command Prompt is back. I have no idea why they thought dropping this capability from Vista was a good idea.
  • Windows 7 doesn't going into convulsions when connecting to a public network. My laptop came with Vista and the first conference I attended after I got it, Vista took 5 to 10 minutes to connect to the conference's network every single time I tried to connect. (I had Ubuntu on the same laptop and it took seconds for Ubuntu to get connected wirelessly.) Add to this the fact that the Network Connections dialog was buried behind a half-dozen other dialogs, and you had to remember which link to click on each dialog to get there, wireless networking on Vista was about as much fun as having a root canal. (Though, one nice thing was that once you got to the Network Connections dialog, you could easily create a shortcut to the dialog and place it on the desktop.) Windows 7 has no problems connecting to wireless networks.
  • I like the new task bar. Especially handy is the ability to hover over a preview window and have the real window show up. Comes in handy when all I really want to do is verify some info on the other windows because I need it for the app I am working with.


  • Things I don't like about Windows 7:
  • Vista had a nice slide-show screen saver that displayed your pictures in several interesting ways. Windows 7 went back to the plain slide show screen saver. Why? (I tried to complain about this during the beta, but when I followed the links to comment on the beta, I was told that I was not authorized to do so. Great, why have a public beta if the public cannot offer comments and suggestions on the beta???)
  • The tree view in Explorer scrolls the wrong way when expanding a folder. In XP and Vista, when you expand a folder the tree scrolls such that sub-folders all appear (the folder you expanded moves up). In Win 7, the tree scrolls such that the folder you expanded is at the bottom of the tree view window. This is especially disconcerting if the folder was originally at the top or middle of the tree view pane. You can alter this behavior by unchecking the "Automatically expand to current folder" option, but doing so has other undesirable side-effects. I have seen posters in various Windows 7 forums complaining about this for months, even on MS-hosted forums, but I doubt that MS will do anything about this.


  • Before someone tells me to chuck Windows and go with Linux, let me say that I would be happy to once apps such as Photoshop, Audition, Pinnacle Studio, various games and other apps I run frequently will easily install and run on Linux (no, I do not want to spend a day or more per app trying to figure out how to tweak Wine to get the app to run). And I would be happy to switch to OS/X as soon as Apple decides that it is OK for me to run it on my existing hardware.


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    Joe Harry
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    But off late I experience the following problem. But I do not know if that it the problem with Windows 7 or with my machine?

    Everytime I close my machine (without shutting it down) and open it, my screen flickers a bit and in the right bottom of my taskbar, I get a warning saying that "display driver stopped responding and has successfully recovered".... Any idea what any why could that be? I"m sure it is not the problem with my machine. It is definitely because of Windows 7.
    Joe Harry
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    Anyone had experienced this before especially with Windows 7? How and where could I find what graphics card my system has and how could I get this problem solved?
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    Hence the rule: never install a Microsoft OS before the first service pack!
    As for your problem, you'd probably be better off asking in a Windows-specific help forum. Win7 is still new so there's probably lots of unresolved issues.
    Joe Harry
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    Joe Ess wrote:Hence the rule: never install a Microsoft OS before the first service pack!
    As for your problem, you'd probably be better off asking in a Windows-specific help forum. Win7 is still new so there's probably lots of unresolved issues.


    I did a windows update and for now it seems to be fine. Will report any furthur errors here for some help!
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    I did a windows update and for now it seems to be fine.

    Very good advice for anyone installing Windows 7. Unlike earlier version of Windows where I would never allow Windows update to install new hardware drivers (they invariably "broke" that functionality), Windows 7 Update seems to do a very good job in providing decent drivers. As an example, I upgraded my daughter's laptop last weekend and found that the wireless network speeds were intolerable (downloads peaked at 20K/s). But after Windows 7 Update downloaded and installed the correct drivers I was getting speeds in the high 100s like I expected.
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    Yes, after the update my machine seems to perform much better. Thanks Peter for the hint. I would never try doing any windows updates (though they are benign) anymore untill I hit any problems on my machine.

    What I"m still dubious is the installation of vmbox as I saw this screen flicker only after installing vmbox, as when I did an update for my Ubuntu guest OS, it downloaded some drivers and I guess the graphics should be one of them. I was not able to get to the full screen mode on my Ubuntu guest. Just after getting these updates, did the full screen mode worked. Well, let me experiment with them for a while and will definitely post in case I hit any problems.

    Joe Harry
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    And by the way javaranch is soo cool as is windows.
     
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