Windows 7 RC

Because my Mondays until Thursdays are so god damn boring lately thanks to the lack of good blogging topics (in other words, shows), I went ahead and installed Windows 7 RC 64-bit, which was just released by Microsoft.

First things first, this time it was even more painless than the two betas I tried out before this, 6801 and 6956. Install took less time (comparatively speaking) than the two betas and Win 7 automatically installed all the appropriate drivers for all my hardware. I literally could run my PC out-of-the-box. I’m really impressed with Microsoft’s improvements on Windows Update for Windows 7, particularly in providing a reliable and trusted repository of drivers for just about any kind of common hardware.

Feature-wise, I’m liking the new taskbar even more now that it’s nearly feature-complete and refined over months of feedback from beta testers. Hell, Win 7′s development is probably the most “open” ever so far and I’m glad that Microsoft has really learned from the PR disasters of Vista. I’m still fiddling with the look of my task bar, but I’m definitely not giving up my Quick Launch despite the “pin” system. But I do wish MS would recode Windows Live Messenger to have an option to reside in the notification panel rather than taking up a slot at the taskbar permanently.

Stability-wise, it’s pretty rock solid and so far I haven’t been experiencing any trouble yet. It’s good that MS has made WoW64 a real painless process and I had no problems with my old 32-bit apps at all. Also glad that I’m finally able to utilize all 4GB of my RAM now… though strictly speaking it never gets used over 2.5GB so far, ahahaha.

Still having a little bit of problems with foobar 0.9.6.5 reading SJIS tags though, have to reencode them all to UTF-8. Japanese input works like a charm fortunately. ありがとう MS!.

Gotta say, Windows 7 is working up to be quite a decent release from Microsoft. I love all the little user-friendly tweaks all round (you notice them, really) like the Troubleshooter and better help files too. In fact, I think I might be getting a copy too if nothing major pops up further down the road.

19 Comments

  1. suguru Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 7:01 am

    Heh…I got bored at work and did the same thing, while I was on a painfully long conference call yesterday. On a 4-year old Sony Vaio with 512MB the RC actually ran pretty well, not lightening fast, but not too bad. I noticed Solitaire lagged a little – only Microsoft could make a simple game of Solitaire a resource hog, but it does look prettier I guess. I love the new taskbar, but no option for the classic Start menu? Maybe I’m stuck in 1995 but I’ve never liked the XP/Vista Start menu…

    Only thing that worried me was trying to watch an mkv in Zoom Player (w/ the CCCP pack, the first thing I installed), Zoom Player got hung up….but I guess it’s not like CCCP has been tested much on Win7 yet, and I’m sure whatever the issue was will get worked out.

  2. Zyl Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    Did you do a clean install or upgrade from Vista?

  3. Eirias Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    Sure, I didn’t hop on board until SP2, but I actually like Vista.

  4. Heero Yuy Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 9:53 am

    I have to say, I’m really impressed with Windows 7 so far. The level of their adding features per user feedback has definitely been pretty cool, and the interface is pretty slick compared the nonsensical and downright confusing at times Vista. I don’t personally dislike Vista very much, it’s just I very much prefer 7 so far over it, and Vista can be a bit clunky to deal with at my tech support job at the hospital, especially anything dealing with VPNs.

  5. Jason Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    hmmm, how long can one keep the RC before needing to purchase it?

  6. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    Since you are a bit bored, try cover the Perak political issue. It will really raise the heat in you.

  7. Hypernova Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

    @Kurogane. Not sure if you’re aware that you can set WLM’s compatibility setting to Vista and it will be in the Notification Area like Vista. I’m forcing myself to get use to the new behavior though.

    @Jason. March 2010 at least. I think you can keep it until July, but after March it will start doing something, like shutting down after two hours, I’m not sure.

    @suguru. I highly recommend you to move to MPC-HC using CCCP. ZoomPlayer 5.5 that included in CCCP is known to have compatibility issue even with Vista, their new version’s free edition, 6.0 Home Basic, is a vaporware. About Solitaire, well, they try to make it look prettier, so maybe it can’t help. They can stick with old style and keep it lite, but then someone else will complain.

  8. midenz Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    i too am planning to install ^^ jsut waiting to get some dvds and wooosh i go xD!! bee nwanting to do a clean install for the longest time now so yeh :)

  9. Dane Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

    If my VNs would be compatible with Windows 7, I’ll have no second thoughts about upgrading.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    @suguru: CCCP 2008-09-21 worked and installed just fine on my system with MPC-HC. Never did use Zoom-Player anyways. There’s an extra step to get subs working in MPC-HC for CCCP on Win 7.

    @Zyl: I run a multi-boot system. Installed Win 7 on the second partition on my computer. I actually have 3 OS’es running, Vista, XP (for backup/legacy) and Win 7. Gotta love the new Vista bootloader :P.

    @Eirias: Me too. Loved the new Explorer funtions.

    @Cho_Hakkai: As a principle, I do not comment publically on political issues. Especially on a blog dedicated to anime. Plus I don’t want to get ISA’ed.

    @Hypernova: I know about it. I just want MS to keep the old functionality for Win 7 too. Or at least add an option to do it.

  11. manga Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    I´ll wait for a external drive to arrive so I can make some backup, then I´ll try out Win7 as well.

    But this gives me new hope that it will work out the way I want it to.

  12. shiru Said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

    Luv the 7 RC~!, complete driver 4 my PC, faster than vista i think (especially @ file transfer), clean windows, great tasbar… and also, some foobar2000′s problem issue @ vista didn’t happen at 7 RC, but still some components aren’t working… Hope they update it soon~ ^_^a

  13. Traversy Said,

    May 8, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    Excellent, time to clear out my old 80GB (so that I don’t need to partition) and set up a dual boot with my already downloaded RC copy. Thanks to this post, I’ve finally made the leap from “curious” to “fearless/drooling”. Thanks!

  14. Wing-Zero Said,

    May 8, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

    Why not review Katawa Shoujo while you’re at it, and tell us if it works on 7 or not?

  15. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 9, 2009 @ 2:21 am

    @Wing-Zero: Because I am not touching it with a 10-feet pole.

  16. illusion Said,

    May 10, 2009 @ 5:58 am

    VNs works fine on Win 7, and I use build 7048.

  17. Johnson Yip Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the overview of 7.

    7 looks like a good OS, but I wonder if it can beat the popularity and stability of Windows XP Pro.

  18. vexir Said,

    June 17, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

    What exactly was the extra step to get subs working in MPC?

  19. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 17, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

    @vexir: it’s in the CCCP forums. Google for it.

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