Windows 7 Beta
Posted by tim in I hate technology. on January 11, 2009

Like everyone else in the geek world, I've decided to give Windows 7 a try. Well, I have my first impressions, right down to the "Oh God, I'm having to go back to Vista now!" emotions.

The install process was as smooth as glass. I had absolutely no complaints there. It did take a little longer than I had expected, but one can't complain.

The three reboots that were required after the installer seemed a bit much. I don't understand why all of the information couldn't have been collected after the first reboot, then just one more reboot into the new OS.

After I got to my desktop, I started by downloading Firefox 3, the ATI drivers for my video card (packed for Vista), and I grabbed Winzip and PuTTy from my other computer. I was pretty happy that the only driver I needed to find was one for the graphics so I could run in my preferred resolution: The sound and network were operational out of the box.

After I installed the ATI drivers, which was a horrible pain no thanks to Toshiba's packaging method, Windows needed to reboot. At this stage in the game, I don't understand why the OS needs to reboot because a new driver was installed. I have yet to come across a modern Linux distro that requires a reboot to reload a driver (or kernel module as the case may be). Anyhow, this is where the headache started (and didn't finish).

When Windows powered down, I decided to go ahead and remove my USB drive before the bootloader fired. After the bootloader kicked off though, it was straight to a blue screen. I didn't get a chance to see what the error was before it dumped the memory and powered down, but I was able to somewhat boot back up. The failure started after the GUI loaded.

Windows wanted to try to repair the OS right away, and only gave me the "Yes" and "Shutdown now" options. I decided to let it try to repair itself, but half an hour later it said it couldn't, and that my only option was to power down.

I tried to boot it up again after that, but got the same run-around, so I'm now reinstalling the factory software.

Conclusion: Windows 7 isn't ready, and it really hasn't solved anything.

 
Comments

That is odd that it didnít recover from that since the kernel is essentially just tweaked vista... iím curious, were u using ready boost?

  • Posted by nabiy (Guest) on January 15, 2009 at 08:09:01PM

Using what?

  • Posted by tim (Guest) on January 16, 2009 at 06:08:55PM

ready boost for your usb drive.

  • Posted by nabiy (Guest) on January 18, 2009 at 05:35:49AM

I've never heard of it. It was one of those e3-enabled drives or whatever it is that Sandisk uses. I got rid of that and turned it into a straight USB storage device though.

  • Posted by tim (Guest) on January 18, 2009 at 07:43:53PM

"Conclusion: Windows 7 isn't ready, and it really hasn't solved anything. "

Well yes isn't that the definition of 'Beta'?

And of course it won't solve anything, it's Micro$oft.

  • Posted by Sean (Guest) on January 26, 2009 at 02:25:55PM

Where are my pants?

  • Posted by Sean (Guest) on January 26, 2009 at 02:29:10PM

o_O

  • Posted by tim (Guest) on January 26, 2009 at 04:11:11PM

that is why you shouldent drink to much cause you find yourself asking where your pants are when really they were on your head the whole time.

  • Posted by Dustin (Guest) on January 26, 2009 at 04:26:56PM
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