Upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate and it rocks

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My faithfull AMD processor packed up this weekend and I decided to go Intel for a change. I was unable to reactivate my XP Pro (thanks mr bill) and went for Windows 7 Ultimate.

I must say it is very good and mr bill have a winner here
#rocks #ultimate #upgraded #windows
  • Profile picture of the author David Ogden
    Windows 7 might be great but like all versions will have bugs, I think it is better to wait and see how it all pans out. In a similar vein Microsoft Office 2010 is in the wings, but I have only upgraded to 2007 in the last year, so will bide my time.

    It would be good to have some feedback on Windows 7.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
      Hah! Remember to update this thread in 1 year after your computer has been running for awhile and tell us how much you like Windows 7 then
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      • Profile picture of the author Rita012
        Are all your internet marketing programs still working on it?
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        • Profile picture of the author dmpeterson
          I've been using Win 7 Professional for a few months now. It is stable and runs great. The only thing I don't like is it won't run my Visual Basic 6. That's OK though because I can run it in the Windows XP Mode. It's like having two computers on the same machine.
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          • Profile picture of the author J. Scott Systems
            Originally Posted by dmpeterson View Post

            I've been using Win 7 Professional for a few months now. It is stable and runs great. The only thing I don't like is it won't run my Visual Basic 6. That's OK though because I can run it in the Windows XP Mode. It's like having two computers on the same machine.
            dmpeterson,

            Have you tried changing the settings of the .exe files of visual basic 6 to "Run this program in compatibility mode for:"

            You find it by right clicking the .exe file in Programs folder and selecting Properties, Compatibility? Or is that what is considered "XP Mode"?
            My understanding is/was that you had to boot the PC up in XP mode.
            Am I wrong about this?

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            • Profile picture of the author JeffMitchell
              I love my Windows 7 I had vista on my last laptop and xp on my netbook. I prefered doing work on the netbook because Vista was a pain in the ass...

              rock on Windows 7.

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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    From what I understand, Windows 7 seems to have a problem with system resources going batty. It's why I haven't freed myself from Vista yet.

    Anyone care to update me on this?
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
      Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

      From what I understand, Windows 7 seems to have a problem with system resources going batty. It's why I haven't freed myself from Vista yet.

      Anyone care to update me on this?
      Really?? What a surprise....
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
      Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

      From what I understand, Windows 7 seems to have a problem with system resources going batty. It's why I haven't freed myself from Vista yet.

      Anyone care to update me on this?
      I have used it for about 2 months now and I haven't had any problems at all. What you are telling me is news to me
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      • Profile picture of the author HurrDurr
        Win 7 rocks, I know somethings will always be a pain but Win 7 is what vista should have been.
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    • Profile picture of the author milan
      Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

      From what I understand, Windows 7 seems to have a problem with system resources going batty. It's why I haven't freed myself from Vista yet.

      Anyone care to update me on this?
      Actually, Windows 7 seems to manage resources more efficiently than Vista. It's really noticeable.
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    • Profile picture of the author reapr
      Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

      From what I understand, Windows 7 seems to have a problem with system resources going batty. It's why I haven't freed myself from Vista yet.

      Anyone care to update me on this?
      Imagine if this was a vehicle. The company would be financially brought to its knees!
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  • Profile picture of the author samstephens
    I've got Win 7 on my laptop, but not on my desktop (yet - it's still running Vista).

    It seems rock solid, though I haven't pushed it much on the laptop, as I don't really do any heavy work on the laptop unless I'm on holidays (which doesn't happen anywhere near enough, these days).

    I find the taskbar a bit of a fiddle, but that's because I'm used to Vista with non-grouped tabs so that I have fifteen little tabs across the taskbar as I'm working. I just prefer it that way. Apparently there's a setting in Win 7 to NOT group the items, but I haven't tried that yet.

    I haven't found any incompatability issues, and I haven't had anything wierd happen, and no resource hogging. But again, I haven't pushed it to it's limits.

    Generally speaking, the IT world seems to view Win 7 as much better than Vista. Personally I liked Vista too, so I can't really comment on that...

    cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel ED
    ^Same Here. Haven't had a single incompatibility issue with windows 7 yet(I had some initial glitch with the printer though).

    So Far it's great but I guess I'm still pretty much used to doing things the vista way.

    @Rita012 Yeah, All my IM Programs still work though I've had to run some in Compatibility Mode for Vista or XP.
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  • Profile picture of the author abhi1
    Its been over 3 months since I shifted to Win7 Professional on my Notebook and ever since, its been wrking fine. No compatibility issue but my Graphic card was a bit trouble in the beginning but MS soon put a driver for it in updates...
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  • Profile picture of the author marioxiao
    Window 7 is really great! But not all program is supported for Win7.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnhoefer
    I am looking forward to making the switch. I switched to Vista, then back to XP. Vista caused me a lot of problems and (back when I was a commercial real estate appraiser) cost me about $1,500 bucks when I had to pass up on a job due to computer issues that set me back on my current workload. Needless to say, I am a little gun shy about switching, but I am optimistic from what I hear about it.

    Also, Windows 7 was my idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author dbonline
    I've been using Windows Vista for a couple of years now, perhaps it's time to upgrade!
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Carczak
    Windows 7 is the best I've ever used.

    And for all you Mac fans out there that
    think it really is "secure" out of the box ...
    ya might want to read about the guy in
    Forbes that found 20 open doors in the
    latest operating system and it took him
    a total of 2 minutes to hack the system
    at the "hackers" competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Revolves
    One place where Windows 7 scores over Vista is its ability to work well even in low end configurations.
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  • Profile picture of the author Underground SEO
    I agree windows 7 rocks. I've never had any software compatibility issues yet and it's so much quicker.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dezire
    Windows 7 design is a bit better. But really O'S haven't come that far in the last 10 years. Still think they are just shinier versions of win xp. Where is all the cool voice activation ? and browsing with your hands?
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  • Profile picture of the author InternetM39482
    Windows 7 is good. I found it better than Vista.

    Although I don't use it much, I've had no compatibility issues whatsoever. All of the programs, games, etc I've tried on it run perfectly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Usher
    Had to remove Windows 7 from my PC and go back to XP.

    For some strange reason, every time I downloaded a file from the internet my machine would freeze and the mouse would "judder", so making the PC useless until the download completed. Once completed - the machine was back to normal.

    Replaced all the drivers etc - services packs etc etc - still problem persisted.

    Getting a new PC tomorrow so will retry on that one.

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulaC
    Windows 7 is sooooo much better than any previous version of Windows. I have been using it for around 4 months now and haven't had any issues. It just sits in the background unlike Vista which just takes over everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Damien Roche
    Windows 7 is 10 times better than XP and Vista and I'm a big big supporter of XP!

    I upgraded to Win7 Ultimate 64 bit and it's blistering fast! I also got a nice monitor and my desktop is 1080p resolution. WOW. You have to see this stuff to believe it.

    My advice - don't upgrade unless you have the time to reinstall most of your programs and do lots of tweaking and some learning.

    Regardless, if you don't use 1920x1080 resolution, get a monitor which supports it and start using it! The difference is incredible, it will definitely increase your productivity.
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    • Profile picture of the author theimdude
      Originally Posted by Damien Roche View Post

      Windows 7 is 10 times better than XP and Vista and I'm a big big supporter of XP!

      I upgraded to Win7 Ultimate 64 bit and it's blistering fast! I also got a nice monitor and my desktop is 1080p resolution. WOW. You have to see this stuff to believe it.

      My advice - don't upgrade unless you have the time to reinstall most of your programs and do lots of tweaking and some learning.

      Regardless, if you don't use 1920x1080 resolution, get a monitor which supports it and start using it! The difference is incredible, it will definitely increase your productivity.
      I agree with Damien here. I use 1920x1080 have a Samsung 23 inch lcd monitor and the display set at this works very well.

      I find that my machine runs very fast and as I was skeptical on installing windows 7 ultimate first and have only been running it a few days but I will be honest going back to XP Pro will not be an option.

      I had my fair deal of XP pro/home hassles and not to worried about running programs that don't work at this stage as I run 3 machines at my workstation the other 2 being XP home on my laptop and XP pro on another desktop.

      I have not installed Big Mikes software yet (I have all his stuff) but have installed latest Artisteer and Camtasia 7

      Artisteer works with no issues and for the first time I can make a smooth video in screen recording mode without the curser jumping which was irritating me in XP.

      I have not installed Dragon speaking as yet as I have not had time as yet.

      Overall I thing my productivity will go up as windows 7 seems to handle resources much better and you can open a number of programs and the machine is all very fast which was a problem for me in XP pro.

      I know time will tell but we will see how it goes. I am about to install a virtual machine to run XP pro on it's own
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      • Profile picture of the author bydomino
        I am also a big win 7 fan especially the 64bit system.

        For all you folks on XP, I do not blame you for being cautious
        Here is a tip: VMware! It free and it can preserve your systems.
        Besides my main rig I have an old q6600 quad with win 2003 server running VMware. On that system I run several XP systems as well as other things.

        Some of these systems run apps that only run in XP. One is my old system perfectly preserved from 3 years ago.
        Others I use for different things. Regardless this give you the ability for free to make the move

        You do not need a giant system or a separate server to run vmware, remember its free.
        Converting an existing system is easy with vmconverter. Before I upgrade I always make a VMware copy of my current system

        I hope this helps anyone who might be on the fence.
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  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by theimdude View Post

    My faithfull AMD processor packed up this weekend and I decided to go Intel for a change. I was unable to reactivate my XP Pro (thanks mr bill) and went for Windows 7 Ultimate.

    I must say it is very good and mr bill have a winner here
    I been using Windows 7 for a while now, and boy is it BUGGY.

    I have crashes, blue screens, everything ... nothing compared to XP. But, I like Windows 7 much better than XP.

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  • Profile picture of the author minefinder
    Originally Posted by theimdude View Post

    My faithfull AMD processor packed up this weekend and I decided to go Intel for a change. I was unable to reactivate my XP Pro (thanks mr bill) and went for Windows 7 Ultimate.

    I must say it is very good and mr bill have a winner here
    Could you tell us why it's winner?
    I always become cautious with new OS
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  • Profile picture of the author Bellthorpe
    Originally Posted by theimdude View Post

    My faithfull AMD processor packed up this weekend and I decided to go Intel for a change. I was unable to reactivate my XP Pro (thanks mr bill) and went for Windows 7 Ultimate.

    I must say it is very good and mr bill have a winner here
    When you phoned Microsoft for activation what, specifically, was the reason they gave for not allowing it?

    A number of people in this thread refer to Vista. Astonishing. Why, specifically, did you install Vista?

    A number of people in this thread say that Windows 7 rocks. But provide no details at all. What, specifically is better than (say) XP?
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    • Profile picture of the author CurtisSWN
      Win 7 is pretty but buggy. Settings don't stick and it crashes about once very 3 or 4 days. Funny things pop up every now and then. I don't exactly like the navigation structure, it's easy to get lost in side my directories.

      But it sure does look pretty.....
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      • Profile picture of the author Damien Roche
        I must be in the minority then in that I haven't had ONE (ok one) problem with windows 7. Every single program works, not experienced one bug or encountered any inconveniences.

        I LOVE XP and have used it for years but Windows 7 really is better, there is no denying.

        Quite surprised people are having issues with it.

        .oh..networking between win7 and xp, that was one issue I had. I hate network issues though, have no patience for them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rich Mann
        I've considered the upgrade to Windows 7 but I have a ton of software running on 3 machines under XP.

        I've heard about a lot of issues from people who upgraded to Win 7 losing their ability to run XP based software versions.

        Many people have had to go through the expense of having to upgrade to newer versions of expensive software titles like After Effects, Vegas, Office, Photoshop, Acrobat, etc. I'm still running CS3 in all my Adobe products because they get the job done.

        It's one thing if you're a casual user with a small list of software titles on your machine. It's quite another thing when thousands of dollars have been invested in software and you are a power user with customer fulfillment and production schedules to meet.

        My feeling is, if what you have works don't fix it. Personally, I've spent a lot of time tweaking my XP systems for maximum performance and reliability. There's no way I want to go through the learning curve and expense just to have the latest and "greatest"?

        You have to consider the impact on productivity (loss or gain) anytime you make a major change. Such as upgrading your operating system.

        I've been on the Windows train since the earliest versions and I can say with out a doubt, the there have been many hair pulling and expletive moments with every version.

        For now, I'll stick with my well tuned XP systems until the verdict comes in on Windows 7.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint Butler
    I have used Windows 7 isince it released, and before I beta tested it, and I love it. The system runs faster, there ar no issues with the OS. The only issue I had was video driver compatability issues but Microsoft and the hardware manufacturer updated and no problems since.

    I like the new task bar and how it handles windows makes navigation easier for me. The Explorer is great. Never had issues downloading like one other poster had, suggest you find a new download manager. IE 8 though sucks and I use Firefox, but other than that no complaints.
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  • Profile picture of the author J. Scott Systems
    Both my laptop and Desktop were on XP until I bought a new desktop back in Oct 09 and loaded Win 7 Pro on it.
    My only experience with Vista is on my wife's laptop, which I have offered to put out of her misery with my Sig .45 on several occasions.


    -The first thing I noticed was it installed all the drivers automatically on it's own.

    -It starts and shuts down MUCH faster, even now w/ a ton of programs and files on the HD
    -It confugured my dual monitars w/ the correct drivers and settings. (2nd is a TV/Monitor)
    -Remote Desktop which allows me to be on my laptop and access everything on my Desktop just as if I were sitting in front of it from the living room, outside smoking a cigar or laying in bed.
    -Simple to find everything. Most of the time I just click the Win button and type the name of the program I want and it starts.
    - The side by side feature to compare two different open windows. handy even w/ the dual monitors.
    -Ablity to run older programs in XP mode and choose which Service Pack 1,2,3 to run as... See my earlier post for more details
    -It can go days w/o a reboot. I left it on for 16 days earlier this month while we went on vacation and was able to remote access the files I needed.


    Just MHO on the subject
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  • Profile picture of the author WarManFu
    I love Windows7. I typically use a Mac (My Desktop)systems, and I really hated Vista, but I love the new windows7 and have it on my new PC Laptop I use for transport to school and the gym.

    I have had no problems what so ever and it doesn't screw things up when I am trying to explain things to my clients, so over all, its an A+.
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  • Profile picture of the author JacksonPollock
    I have a laptop with Vista (never had a single problem with it except aesthetics, so I scaled it back to look like XP). I had a desktop with XP on it for years, and I just upgraded to Windows 7.

    The differences are amazing. I dont like grouped tabs or the start menu, but they are certainly easy to navigate. What is amazing is the load times.

    Photoshop? About 2 seconds from clicking the icon to being ready to work.
    Premiere? What took about 45 seconds on XP takes 10 or less on Windows 7.
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