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Should I buy Vista for my new computer or use Windows 7 Beta?

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April 28, 2009 12:06:08 AM

Hi,

I am building a new system and I was wondering if I should buy Windows Vista x64, or go with Windows 7 Beta's and RC's until Windows 7's release.

If needed my system specs are:

Phenom II 940
OCZ Reaper 4gb 1066MHz
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H (790GX chipset)
WD Caviar Black 1TB
Samsung x22 DVD Burner w/ Lightscribe
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB
OCZ 550w Fatal1ty PSU



Thanks in advance for any help :) 
April 28, 2009 1:04:03 AM

I highly recommend using Windows 7. I've installed a few different builds, and only had one problem (networking problems in build 7057 which has since been fixed). Download RC1 when it is released publicly on May 5th.

There are alot of things I like about Windows 7 that I have noticed on my system.

-Faster boot time
-Fast install time...only took about 20 minutes for a full install
-The new quick launch icons and jumplists
-Excellent driver support...it actually found drivers for all of my devices through windows update...when I installed Vista for the first time, I had to install alot of drivers on my own
-Improved system tray which allows you to see only what you want to see and not have 20 icons filling up your system tray

I haven't done any gaming with it yet, so I can't tell you how that is, but the latest Catalyst drivers support Windows 7.

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April 28, 2009 1:26:20 AM

Thank you very much for the information, on May 5th how would I download it, well rather where? And then do I just burn it to a DVD or install it some other way? Could you explain how to get it, or do you have a link to somewhere that explains it? Thanks. ^^
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April 28, 2009 1:38:04 AM

Just go to microsoft's website
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-downloa...

You can request a product key right now and it will be emailed to you. Then just go back to the same link on the 5th and you should be able to download RC1. You can burn it to a DVD and use the product key during the install.
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April 28, 2009 1:39:17 AM

Thank you very much again, I appreciate it. ^^
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a b $ Windows 7
April 28, 2009 9:36:33 PM

Just so you know... you'll have to reload that system when you purchase Win 7. There's usually no upgrade path from a RC to a RTM or final retail. Don't know if that would be a concern for you or not... but I thought it worth mentioning. Some people hate reloading their computers more often than absolutely necessary.
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April 29, 2009 12:03:04 AM

Thanks for the info Zoron, it doesn't bother me though ^^. I can back up all my data on flash drives, I just have music and pictures really, the other stuff generally isn't important, and for some reason I enjoy setting up my system ;x (but only if it's necessary)
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April 29, 2009 1:31:37 AM

tommylikewingy said:
Just go to microsoft's website
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-downloa...

You can request a product key right now and it will be emailed to you. Then just go back to the same link on the 5th and you should be able to download RC1. You can burn it to a DVD and use the product key during the install.


Unless I misread the Microsoft Win7 site, the Beta will expire on August 1, 2009.
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April 29, 2009 1:55:32 AM

I think beta ends on August 1, but RC2 begins on August 1, from what I have read on various sites.
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April 29, 2009 9:48:43 AM

Windows 7 beta build 7000 will expire on August 1st, 2009
the newer versions will expire on March 1st, 2010. (even RC)

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a b $ Windows 7
April 29, 2009 11:04:11 AM

tommylikewingy said:
I highly recommend using Windows 7. I've installed a few different builds, and only had one problem (networking problems in build 7057 which has since been fixed). Download RC1 when it is released publicly on May 5th.

There are alot of things I like about Windows 7 that I have noticed on my system.

-Faster boot time
-Fast install time...only took about 20 minutes for a full install
-The new quick launch icons and jumplists
-Excellent driver support...it actually found drivers for all of my devices through windows update...when I installed Vista for the first time, I had to install alot of drivers on my own
-Improved system tray which allows you to see only what you want to see and not have 20 icons filling up your system tray

I haven't done any gaming with it yet, so I can't tell you how that is, but the latest Catalyst drivers support Windows 7.


Windows 7 is great for gaming! Just so you know...
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April 29, 2009 12:25:33 PM

mi1ez said:
Windows 7 is great for gaming! Just so you know...



Haha, I was wondering about that too, but I just figured that I wouldn't burden the community with more questions and would just find out myself xD
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May 25, 2009 2:02:30 AM

mi1ez said:
Windows 7 is great for gaming! Just so you know...


I was wondering that. So can I assume NVIDIA's graphics cards are supported by Windows 7 (the latest ones ...e.g., 275, 285)?
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