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Windows 7 Public Beta
« on: January 11, 2009, 10:55:36 PM »
Anyone try downloading this?

I can get a key for it, but can't seem to get it to download.

Anyone have success??

EDIT: Okay...had to use IE7. Figures.
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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009, 12:10:47 PM »
Yep, had the same problem, I was using Firefox. 

Got it installed on an old spare HD.  Seems pretty snappy.  I need to get some more apps installed and see how that goes.  I'm currently on Vista 32 and would like to be able to utilize more RAM so I'm testing the 64 bit version.

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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009, 04:02:32 PM »
Been running the 32bit at work and 64bit at home in virtual machines.  I've resisted the move to Vista at both with the exception of my Media Center PC at home which runs Ultimate.

7 seems quite a bit faster in both versions not just with startup time but especially when running multiple apps that scream for more system resources at the same time.  Disk access appears to be more consistant as well.

I like how they've not dumbed things down as much as they did with Vista.  Disabling UAC was never just that easy and now I don't even know its there thankfully.   Glad they made the Disk Defrag graphical again.  Vista's was had a terrible UI.

My biggest problems so far seem to be things that are my hangups.  I like the way Windows Explorer displays in XP.  The Vista redesign/mapping is not for me.  No changes back to the XP version it seems on the 7 version of Explorer unfortunately.   

So far I've run these taper stalwarts without problem so far in 7:

SoundForge 9.0e
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Also Neowin has had some really good coverage of the beta rollout.



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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009, 04:26:44 PM »
My biggest problems so far seem to be things that are my hangups.  I like the way Windows Explorer displays in XP.  The Vista redesign/mapping is not for me.  No changes back to the XP version it seems on the 7 version of Explorer unfortunately.   


Might give this a try, but I miss XP explorer as well...

http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2006/10/13/display-classic-menus-in-windows-explorer-vista/

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/up-keyboard-shortcut-for-windows-vista-explorer/

Also this article is good on customizing the view.  I hate the Music details when I want full details.....

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13880_3-10019957-68.html

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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 01:00:58 AM »
How is FLAC+Frontend working? Any issues? Any major hardware/driver issues? What driver versions for hardware are you guys using...Vista builds or XP builds (32/64bit?)? I am keeping a close eye on the events, but won't be installing it or messing with it. Think I will wait out until it goes gold to test. Seems to get really favorable reviews thus far. I am thinking this might be the OS to take advantage of the 64bit architecture and finally get software companies on the ball developing.
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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2009, 01:02:46 PM »
Well its been a week and I have updates. 

 I've been running 7 in VM's both at the office and at home.  My office machine is a Pentium 2.8Ghz, 2GB RAM, Raedon X600 256MB.   Unfortunately my main machine at home finally bit the dust after 4 years of faithful service.

So I decided to build a new machine and make the fulltime switch to a 64bit workstation.  Newegg'd most of the parts.  Built it the other night. Running Intel i7 920 2.66 (OC'd to 3.8Ghz), 6GB Corsair RAM, Nvidia 9800GTX 1GB.  I did a fresh install of Windows 7 64bit and have decided to make it my primary OS for a while to see how it works.

For the most part my initial uses so far have been surfing, email, torrents and audio processing.

Pros:
- Beta is shockingly stable.  I've only really had hiccups mostly in Media Center.
- Superbar has taken a bit of time to get used to since I use the Quick Launch in XP a ton but the Superbar is really nice and functional.
- Less bloat everywhere
- A much quicker OS.  Even in a VM the OS cooks.
- Networking just keeps getting better and better and easier and easier from Microsoft OS's.  Best implementation yet
- Full compatibility  with the following audio apps:
         - SoundForge 9.0e
         - Izotope Ozone 3
         - CDWav 1.9.7
         - FLAC Frontend 1.7
         - FLAC 1.2.1  <-- none of the previous Vista install problems
         - TLH 2.4.1 Build 160
         - Adobe Audition 3.1
         - Adobe Soundbooth CS4

- Currently its free to try so if you run Vista you should try 7
- Every Vista driver i've thrown at it works great.and on the first install


Cons:
- Still a bit unpolished visually but its a beta so what do you expect
- Libraries - MS is revamping the My Documents sorting from XP.  A little tough to get used to after using XP for so many years.

Other thoughts:
- If the beta is any indication this is an OS we can all move safely to.  It just so quick and surprisingly very stable. 
- Its been a bigger jump for me from XP to 7 getting over alot of the styling changes of some of my fav programs like Windows Explorer.  Wish they'd have a Classic view for them.
- I have not had any devices that either 1. wasn't installed automatically by 7 or 2. Didn't have a Vista compatible drivers.
- Drivers have all been 64bit drivers for all hardware that I needed to find a driver for.

That's 7 in a nutshell for me.  If any one has a questions or wants me to test a particular software package on 7 let me know.

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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2009, 03:39:53 PM »
i like it too, but it requires a newish processor and shit tons of ram. just played with it little at work.
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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2009, 06:55:24 PM »
1.8 Turion64 + 2gigs?

I've got an XP laptop I may swap a HDD into and give it a go if that's sufficient.  If not I'll reload XP. 
I have a freebee copy of Ultimate but I wouldn't put on there regardless.
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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2009, 07:13:58 PM »
1.8 Turion64 + 2gigs?

I've got an XP laptop I may swap a HDD into and give it a go if that's sufficient.  If not I'll reload XP. 
I have a freebee copy of Ultimate but I wouldn't put on there regardless.

That setup will work great.  I've seen 7 run on a Celeron 1.6 with 512MB of RAM. 

Public beta of 7 is still open for a little bit.  Download a legit copy and get a valid key.


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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2009, 11:15:51 PM »
anyone tried wavelab with the vista patch?


now forgive the n00b question.  how easy is it try it as dual boot?  thinking about trying it out on my laptop.  I mainly use the laptop for surfing and some pics etc.  no real editing is done on here except for out of town shows.  but I want to fool around with it.

ok.  haven't done it yet but found some good info on it online.

not willing to ditch xp on the laptop for now though.  my laptop is 3 years old  Intel Pentium M 1.86 ghz 2 gigs of ram.
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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2009, 01:05:18 AM »
I've been playing around with it on an old P4 computer with 2GB memory.  Works great.  Still use XP on the main computer but I did notice that Windows 7 starts up quicker on the older machine than the XP machine.  All of the vista 64-bit drivers worked fine too.  I plan to install software this weekend on it.

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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2009, 12:16:30 PM »
Here is a absolutely perfect page on dual booting 7 with either XP or Vista.

http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista


For those who want to install 7 with Boot Camp on your Mac

http://www.simplehelp.net/2009/01/15/using-boot-camp-to-install-windows-7-on-your-mac-the-complete-walkthrough/



Which version of WaveLab are you using Gordon?

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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2009, 07:45:10 PM »

Which version of WaveLab are you using Gordon?


5.01b

I successfully used the vista patch on Daves laptop so he could run it with vista.
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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2009, 10:21:10 AM »
I tried loading the 5.01b with the patch on my lappy running windows 7 and it failed to open.  However samplitude 10 and sequoia 7 both loaded just fine.  Along with dvd shrink and photoshop CS3
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Re: Windows 7 Public Beta
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2009, 10:22:51 AM »
Here is a absolutely perfect page on dual booting 7 with either XP or Vista.

http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista


that was one of the links I found as well.  followed directions for partitioning the drive to a T.  now xp won't even load.  may just install 7 for a while.
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