It has been a week since I installed Windows 7 RC, and I’m glad to report all is well. There have been no errors, software has all installed first time with success, and the audio driver was actually found using the download driver from Microsoft website! Windows 7 RC looks really good on screen. The best bits from Vista have been kept and other changes include subtle improvements.
Booting and shutting down are fast. An unscientific race against XP saw the XP ctrl alt del screen first by a couple of seconds, but then the login process by WIndows 7 was like lightening and left XP eating its dust! When resuming from Hibernate Windows 7 RC is on a par with XP, both leaving Vista well behind – which is a great sign for its green credentials. Is it just me or does anyone else miss the little hibernating… Windows graphic??
Next step is to load up the network printers – so will have to look at using the Vista network drivers from HP. A bit of forward planning on the server side, then adding them in Windows 7. Should be a doddle – I will let you know.