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Well last night after enduring the start of Melbourne's heat wave, Air conditioning blasting and nothing worth watching on the TV, I decided to take the plunge and install the Windows 7 beta and give it a go.

I decided to install it on a separate partition on my Media Centre PC after deciding that my laptop just wouldn't be able keep up despite Microsofts claims to the contrary.

To my complete surprise, the most difficult part of the installation was trying to find a DVD to burn the image onto, The installation in total to around 20 Minutes (not including the DVD burning) and asked me no obnoxious questions.

The boot time has improved I think, but the boot time has never really bothered me, unless I am on an underpowered or cluttered machine. Until we have "instant on" I don't think I will be impressed with windows boot time.

One of the first things that struck me is the UAC (User access control A.K.A. "Bastard window thingie always asking for permission"). In Vista the UAC what was the bane of my existance, now is a tool that actually makes you feel more secure about what is going in and out of the operating system.

During my test the only time the screen actually dimmed and asked for permission was when I was installing a new application. I feel that this is a fair interruption becuase I want to know when something is being installed , relying on the application installer to be honest about what is happening is putting too much trust in the developers (it takes one to know one).

The media centre built into Windows 7, although I haven't had a full run with it, seems to be a full product in itself, whereas in Vista it seemed a bit like an afterthought. It still has a few bugs but that is to be expected with beta, for example some videos would not play, but this could be down to missing codecs (or dodgy video files).

Far and away the best new aspect of the OS is the new task bar and by extension the way that applications (both running and installed) are managed. The new task bar takes a little getting used to but once you do, I find it much more productive. and easier to manage large amounts of windows.

Gizmodo has a full breakdown on how the new taskbar works and why they think it is even better than the way Mac OSX manages applications. I highly recommend reading it if you intend on trying Windows 7 out, its a great read and also serves as a primer on how to use windows when you first get started.

There is a lot of other eye candy and Microsoft tells us there is a lot more to come. Its not just that, its the additions that just make it feel like a more polished user experiance, and starts to achieve what a true OS should do, you should forget that you are using one and only focus on the applications you are using.

Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:10 AM Windows 7 | Back to top


Comments on this post: Windows 7 First Impressions

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I love that cartoon sequence.

My tounge-in-cheak two cents is here: http://geekswithblogs.net/btudor/archive/2009/01/27/129014.aspx

I'm working on getting used to window management. Old habits are hard to kick.
Left by Bill on Jan 28, 2009 10:40 PM

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Yeah gotta love XKCD (cartoon source)..

as for the window management, I agree especially when you have two instances of the same program running, it gets a bit confusing.

However, I remember when they first brought in the new start menu, I refused to use it for a long time, now I cant do without it...

Furthermore I remember when they first brought in the concept of "My Documents" confused the hell outta me.. :P
Left by Codekiwi on Jan 29, 2009 7:35 AM

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