Just managed to pull up Windows 7 RC1 from microsoft website. I immediately managed to installed it to my laptop ( I had to kill my Fedora 10 install in favour of Windows 7 , But I do have a copy of turnkey linux installed in my Vista under virtual box ). I have kept my vista Intact. Coming from Vista, here are my initial impressions (Approx 4 hours of usage). BTW, I have a Vaio CR35G/R ( Core2 Duo T8100 2.10 Ghz, 2GB DDR2 RAM, Intel 965 Mother Board, ATI Radeon X2300 Card with 128MB on board).
- Installation was pretty fast. I have my copy running in about 35 minutes (Including 2 restarts and my
retardedslow DVD drive).
- The new windows 7 taskbar…err… superbar is pretty good, but it will take some time for me to get used to. Plus I don’t like the amount real estate it takes up on the screen (it can be reduced though).
- Windows 7 art work is very very good. Kudos to Microsoft for coming up with fresh art work. Not quite in the apple league, but getting there, fast.
- Unlike Vista, Windows 7 does not thrash Hard disk ( Vista has the nasty habit of keeping your hard disk busy for no apparent reason).
- Bootup, Hibernate – resume, Standby – resume times are a lot faster than Vista.
- Laptop feels a lot more snappier with Windows 7 than with Vista.
- The new Windows media player (Windows Media Player 12) is a lot more polished and a lot better than Vista’s. However, I was not able to get ffdshow running with it though.
- Changing wallpaper desktop themes are pretty cool. Windows 7 supports wallpaper cycling.
- Reduced foot print. Windows 7 at bootup takes up about 30% of RAM as compared ~50% on Vista.
- Builtin monitor colour calibration tool ( I don’t thing Vista had one).
- I dont know why, but since yesterday night till today morning, I have received at least some 4 updates to my Windows 7. Cant you guys club em and do ONE BIG update? (Pretty annoying, but I guess since this is a RC, they will be fixing up a lot small stuff. I hope they have a better policy for updation cycle in the final release).
All in all Microsoft seems to have go it right this time around. I will seriously consider purchasing this once it comes out. ( And no, Microsoft is not paying me to say this :p, though if they sponsor me a desktop with Nvidia GTX 250 or ATI HD 4750, I can say how well Windows 7 will do on gaming front. ).
If you have anything to add (Good/bad/ugly things about windows 7), feel free to post em in the comments section.