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Today is a day to wind down from the CES 2009 grind and for me that means installing the newly released Windows 7 beta.  I got an install DVD from someone at the Tablet meetup yesterday so today I’m installing it under Parallels on the MacBook. […]

windows_7_vienna_logo-11Today is a day to wind down from the CES 2009 grind and for me that means installing the newly released Windows 7 beta.  I got an install DVD from someone at the Tablet meetup yesterday so today I’m installing it under Parallels on the MacBook.  The install actually went pretty smoothly as Parallels had an update last week to include support for the Windows 7 beta.  The only thing I can’t get working so far is sharing the 3G connection on the MacBook with the virtual machine with Windows 7 installed.  I’m playing with it now.  :)

UPDATE: after installing Parallels Tools in Windows 7 my connectivity issues disappeared.  This update was performed in Google Chrome under Windows 7 under Parallels Desktop.

  1. Aren’t you shattered after vegas or have you stayed in vegas?

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  2. I have it running on both production PC’s – a laptop and desktop. Bottom line, it’s faster than Vista SP1, I would guess (early days) more stable and overall a serious piece of software. In fact I would say it rocks. So far I’ve only discovered a couple of issues and have resolved all of them.

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  3. I’ve installed it on an Acer Aspire One 16GB SSD unit and upgraded my 800MHz Samsung UMPC.

    The Acer runs very nicely and the Samsung took 11 hours to perform the upgrade!!! But once it was upgraded it was bouncy bouncy.

    VMware on my Mac Pro runs it blazingly fast (installs in 5 minutes) and required no special update to run it.

    I’m hoping to score a Vaio P and run it there as well. :-)

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  4. James is at again, even on his rest day. :) I can say Windows 7 is running great on my MSI Wind.

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  5. By the way going to the SongStyle Store here in Las Vegas before I head home. Going to go see the Sony P

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  6. I confess that I like Vista. Now I have Windows 7 I am confused why people hate Vista but love 7. Whats so great about 7? I dont see anything too different. In fact the only thing a normal user would notice is the new style taskbar. The taskbar is decent but certainly not worth an upgrade. Oh yes. The upgrade took around 3hours instead of the 20-30mins reported elsewhere.
    One more thing, WLM does not work anymore. I get the usual “Windows Live Messenger has stopped working.” This happens even after reinstalling Windows Live Essentials.

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  7. Installed it under VMWare on my Mac Book Pro – fabulous. Blazing fast – no issues thus far, everything works as it should!

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  8. Running Win 7 right now in a Virtual Box on my Windows Vista PC, and so far agree that I don’t see much significantly better than Vista.

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  9. not sure why it took so long on your Q1U 800mhz, took less than an hour on mine. i only installed it to see how much better it ran than Vista & so far i am impressed

    BIG NOTE – to anyone installing Windows 7 on the Q1U’s using the AR5006x wifi card, the default MS Windows 7 drivers cause 100% CPU spike. go into WMC & immediately turn off the wifi connection. then install the latest Atheros Vista drivers from the link below (Atheros finally fixed the CPU spike issue that completely crippled the initial Q1U launch devices)

    http://www.x-drivers.com/catalog/drivers/wireless_networks/companies/atheros/models/ar5006x/9792.html

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  10. I am still in Vegas and taking a rest day before heading out tomorrow. I am then at home for a day and then heading to San Francisco to meet with GigaOM. Busy schedule.

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