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May 5, 2009 1:48:49 PM

Can we make this the last post of the Windows 7 hoopla? Seriously are there any more unimportant features left that can be posted?

Don't get me wrong, I will likely upgrade by end of year, but this is a bit out of hand right now.
Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
May 5, 2009 1:48:57 PM

I have installed The beta on less hardware than what is recommended and the experience is great... I find it more responsive than Windows XP!!! Will see if the RC does the same! Compared to vista that just took so long just to check some emails. My Mom seems to Love windows 7 too she never calls me for problems anymore... I'm a Mac fan, but this version looks promising! For once... great job Microsoft!!
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May 5, 2009 1:56:38 PM

I'm downloading it now and I'm getting very good speeds of 770 - 777 KB/s (64% done, started less than half an hour ago.)

I might ask: are they doing this download speed on purpose ? Well, of course not, there are too many factors diciding the download speed. But anyhow, it's a curious thing to have all these sevens :D 
May 5, 2009 2:11:24 PM

tpi2007I'm downloading it now and I'm getting very good speeds of 770 - 777 KB/s (64% done, started less than half an hour ago.)I might ask: are they doing this download speed on purpose ? Well, of course not, there are too many factors diciding the download speed. But anyhow, it's a curious thing to have all these sevens

770? wow
May 5, 2009 2:11:59 PM

does the RC update itself?
May 5, 2009 2:12:31 PM

theuerkornCan we make this the last post of the Windows 7 hoopla? Seriously are there any more unimportant features left that can be posted?Don't get me wrong, I will likely upgrade by end of year, but this is a bit out of hand right now.

I understand your feelings that there's a little bit of Windows 7 overload right now, but this new OS will be one of the most important things to happen to the PC industry in years. It's also one of the only interesting things happening in news right now. So, there will be more Windows 7 news coming because there's still progress to report on before it hits retail shelves, plus it's related to the industry that we cover here.

But I'll do what I can though to see if we can boost our coverage of the recent Mac OS X Snow Leopard beta just to keep things even. :p 
May 5, 2009 2:18:23 PM

When you get a product key for Windows 7, does that also work for the XP portion of it?
May 5, 2009 2:23:21 PM

Marcus YamI understand your feelings that there's a little bit of Windows 7 overload right now, but this new OS will be one of the most important things to happen to the PC industry in years. It's also one of the only interesting things happening in news right now. So, there will be more Windows 7 news coming because there's still progress to report on before it hits retail shelves, plus it's related to the industry that we cover here.But I'll do what I can though to see if we can boost our coverage of the recent Mac OS X Snow Leopard beta just to keep things even.


Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
May 5, 2009 2:30:15 PM

When are they going to drop the 32-bit versions of the OS?! We've had 64-bit hardware out there in the wild for many years now. It's time to say goodbye to anyone hanging on to their old 32-bit systems. I still have an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ PC that runs Windows XP just fine and will never plan on running anything newer on it because it is unnecessary for something that old. Does anyone else agree?
May 5, 2009 2:37:49 PM

dacman61When are they going to drop the 32-bit versions of the OS?! We've had 64-bit hardware out there in the wild for many years now. It's time to say goodbye to anyone hanging on to their old 32-bit systems. I still have an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ PC that runs Windows XP just fine and will never plan on running anything newer on it because it is unnecessary for something that old. Does anyone else agree?

I agree that we should, but it seems Microsoft WANTS two versions. Personally, I don't really mind, vause both are the same price. But better driver support gor 64bit would be nice.
May 5, 2009 2:39:34 PM

Posting an article today that Windows 7 RC just had its public release simply had to be done. Sure, most of us already knew, but if someone missed the exact date or something, its a friendly reminder. theuerkorn needs to STFU. And Marcus, while there are some Mac people here, and as an IT Professional I try not to show preference on OS.... the bottom line is that Mac users are the minority here, and the coverage should be no where close to even. You don't have to try to force a Snow Leopard article, unless you think it'll have information that matters.
May 5, 2009 2:42:31 PM

radiowarsI agree that we should, but it seems Microsoft WANTS two versions. Personally, I don't really mind, vause both are the same price. But better driver support gor 64bit would be nice.


Yeah the 64-bit driver support is my main reason why we need to drop 32-bit Windows OS's so that it would force PC parts manufacturers to put more effort and focus on the 64-bit drivers exclusively.
a b $ Windows 7
May 5, 2009 2:42:48 PM

here's hoping that with windows 7 Nvidia will get make VIVO drivers for it now. i had some false hope for the new windows XP VM now with windows 7 but no dice with it
May 5, 2009 2:51:17 PM

Can you install win7 on a current vista install and dual boot? Or would you have to partition the drive first?
May 5, 2009 2:52:20 PM

64-bit
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RGQ3V-MCMTC-6HP8R-98CDK-VP3FM
GPRG6-H3WBB-WJK6G-XX2C7-QGWQ9
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May 5, 2009 2:54:34 PM

gwolfman64-bit9JBBV-7Q7P7-CTDB7-KYBKG-X8HHCMT39G-9HYXX-J3V3Q-RPXJB-RQ6D7RGQ3V-MCMTC-6HP8R-98CDK-VP3FMGPRG6-H3WBB-WJK6G-XX2C7-QGWQ96JQ32-Y9CGY-3Y986-HDQKT-BPFPG

More 64 bit:
MM7DF-G8XWM-J2VRG-4M3C4-GR27X
KGMPT-GQ6XF-DM3VM-HW6PR-DX9G8
6F4BB-YCB3T-WK763-3P6YJ-BVH24
C43GM-DWWV8-V6MGY-G834Y-Y8QH3
May 5, 2009 3:00:34 PM

10 MB/s, should take me about 5 mins to get the 64 version =)
May 5, 2009 3:10:01 PM

fullePosting an article today that Windows 7 RC just had its public release simply had to be done. Sure, most of us already knew, but if someone missed the exact date or something, its a friendly reminder. theuerkorn needs to STFU. And Marcus, while there are some Mac people here, and as an IT Professional I try not to show preference on OS.... the bottom line is that Mac users are the minority here, and the coverage should be no where close to even. You don't have to try to force a Snow Leopard article, unless you think it'll have information that matters.

I think you understood the first part of my comment in that news of the RC release just had to be done :D  And I was just (half) kidding in the whole boosting Snow Leopard coverage. Of course if there's some really cool development in Snow Leopard that deserves to be highlighted, it will be. But Windows 7 is really the big thing happening right now in the industry and we're not about to ignore Windows 7-related news just because some people have had enough of it.

Thanks for reading and your support. :) 
May 5, 2009 3:11:35 PM

gwolfmanMore 64 bit:MM7DF-G8XWM-J2VRG-4M3C4-GR27XKGMPT-GQ6XF-DM3VM-HW6PR-DX9G86F4BB-YCB3T-WK763-3P6YJ-BVH24C43GM-DWWV8-V6MGY-G834Y-Y8QH3

Thanks for posting keys, but since all keys are free from Microsoft, there isn't much point.

Also, all keys obtained during the beta seem to work and activate just fine.
May 5, 2009 3:14:41 PM

Marcus YamThanks for posting keys, but since all keys are free from Microsoft, there isn't much point.Also, all keys obtained during the beta seem to work and activate just fine.

Just in case people download it via other site instead of M$ and don't want to register for a key
May 5, 2009 3:28:48 PM

gwolfmanJust in case people download it via other site instead of M$ and don't want to register for a key

True. Well, in that case, both 32-bit and 64-bit keys are interchangeable -- for anyone who is in need of key.
May 5, 2009 3:36:51 PM

LockkeCan you install win7 on a current vista install and dual boot? Or would you have to partition the drive first?

Why wouldn't you have to install a new partition? You can't install 2 OSes on a single partition. It's not like it's difficult to make a new partition.

Marcus YamBut I'll do what I can though to see if we can boost our coverage of the recent Mac OS X Snow Leopard beta just to keep things even.[/citation]
Hahaha. real funny.

You're kidding right?

...right?
May 5, 2009 3:41:48 PM

I am downloading it now.

I said that I might skip win 7 as vista 64 is working well for me.

They got me with the new features of Media sharing. Including media center was smart and needed. Where the hell is H.264 support?

I have 5.5 TB to fill.
May 5, 2009 3:44:58 PM

TindytimWhy wouldn't you have to install a new partition? You can't install 2 OSes on a single partition. It's not like it's difficult to make a new partition.Marcus YamBut I'll do what I can though to see if we can boost our coverage of the recent Mac OS X Snow Leopard beta just to keep things even. Hahaha. real funny.You're kidding right?...right?


Yes, you would have to create a new partition.

And if something is newsworthy for Snow Leopard, it's news. But yeah, for the most part I was kidding and it was in response to a complaint about there being too much Windows 7-related news on this site. :D 
May 5, 2009 6:27:18 PM

um how in gods name will this be important to the PC industry? Its just another user interface that is bloated and will soon get infected with malware. I'll stick to XP, because it works on my 2gb of RAM and really fast at that too. What does Se7en have to offer me that XP doesnt?
May 5, 2009 6:31:57 PM

dacman61When are they going to drop the 32-bit versions of the OS?! We've had 64-bit hardware out there in the wild for many years now. It's time to say goodbye to anyone hanging on to their old 32-bit systems. I still have an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ PC that runs Windows XP just fine and will never plan on running anything newer on it because it is unnecessary for something that old. Does anyone else agree?


Um in case you've been living in a hole. Xenon's are not 64-bit. Intel was liceseing the technology from AMD since. I've tried multiple times ot install 64--bit windows on our servers (which are Dell 2950's) and it comes back saying that the chip is 32-bit not 64 bit.
Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
May 5, 2009 6:42:29 PM

it is faster then bother vista and xp. thats y
May 5, 2009 6:50:28 PM

I'm getting 40 KB/sec

this is actually decent, i usually only get around 30. shtty third world country ISP. :( 
May 5, 2009 6:52:02 PM

AntilycusUm in case you've been living in a hole. Xenon's are not 64-bit. Intel was liceseing the technology from AMD since. I've tried multiple times ot install 64--bit windows on our servers (which are Dell 2950's) and it comes back saying that the chip is 32-bit not 64 bit.


uh... directx?
May 5, 2009 6:54:56 PM

omarbadr36770? wow



I am now downloading the 64-bit version and it is more unstable - is stays most of the time at 848 KB/s but sometimes it goes down to 350 KB/s for a few seconds. Still, it's an awsome speed. The 32-bit version was ready in about 45-50 minutes. This one should be done in 1h10.

I don't know if it's because I'm in Europe, Portugal. How's the download speed over in the US ?
May 5, 2009 6:59:52 PM

I though personal keys that Microsoft generates for personal use can be activated in 3 different PC's, so why not register? oops they already spammed my email account :( 
May 5, 2009 7:12:36 PM

I started the download before I left for work this morning.

I hope more and more people see Windows 7 as a good thing and realize that if they want to keep there 5 year old machines, Windows 7 will run on it. Someone asked why would you want to update from XP? Better Security. Even though Vista is a resoruce hog it much more secure than XP. I do the same things I did when I had XP and more, and I have less secuity issues on Vista. So far Windows 7 seems a lot more stable than windows XP. This October Windows XP will have been out for 8 years, and there are still so many issues with it. After 8 years and XP still is not right, it is still crashing, Blue screening etc. I have had less problems with Vista than with XP. It amazes me how soon people forget how horrible windows XP was when it first came out and that it took a good 3 years or so to get a lot of the issues worked out, and to this day XP still bites the fat one.
May 5, 2009 7:21:56 PM

2.1 MB/sec...oh yeah!

I'm going to try and dual boot this on the second hard drive of my laptop. My other drive had backup files on it, but i will delete them before the fresh install. Is there anything else i should know before doing this? Any great links for help? Please tell me if i'm doing something wrong before i try this :) 
May 5, 2009 7:23:06 PM

wow. i started this download at 6:30am central time. got 29% done and was downloading at 8megs till my girlfriend got up and tried to download her a copy on her pc. then now niether one of us can get it moving. grrr lol
May 5, 2009 7:32:44 PM

I got it at exactly 12:08am EST and everything finished within two hours!

Download took about 30 minutes, installation took 15 minutes, and program installs took an hour.

I'm just surprised at its refinement. Windows 7 Beta was already refined, this just makes it even better.
May 5, 2009 7:34:58 PM

Whenever I click the download button, it goes to the next page for a brief moment, then redirects me back to the download/installation instructions page
Anyone know how to fix this?
May 5, 2009 7:35:43 PM

Antilycusum how in gods name will this be important to the PC industry? Its just another user interface that is bloated and will soon get infected with malware. I'll stick to XP, because it works on my 2gb of RAM and really fast at that too. What does Se7en have to offer me that XP doesnt?


Uh, a whole lot more than you think.

Let the thing die already. come on.
May 5, 2009 7:42:34 PM

touchdowntexas132.1 MB/sec...oh yeah!I'm going to try and dual boot this on the second hard drive of my laptop. My other drive had backup files on it, but i will delete them before the fresh install. Is there anything else i should know before doing this? Any great links for help? Please tell me if i'm doing something wrong before i try this


I did the same with Windows 7 Beta 7000. I have a Toshiba A200-226 with 2 200gb hard drives. I have Vista on one (it came with it), and, having the other one empty, that's where I installed Windows 7. No problems at all!

I hope everything goes well with your installation too!
May 5, 2009 8:12:17 PM

Marcus YamThanks for posting keys, but since all keys are free from Microsoft, there isn't much point.Also, all keys obtained during the beta seem to work and activate just fine.

Seriosly it's free wth are you going to do with it what you don't want to creative a live account.
May 5, 2009 10:46:53 PM

Marcus YamI understand your feelings that there's a little bit of Windows 7 overload right now, but this new OS will be one of the most important things to happen to the PC industry in years. It's also one of the only interesting things happening in news right now. So, there will be more Windows 7 news coming because there's still progress to report on before it hits retail shelves, plus it's related to the industry that we cover here. But I'll do what I can though to see if we can boost our coverage of the recent Mac OS X Snow Leopard beta just to keep things even.

F That Sht
I had to log in just to say this. we better not be talking about OS X. Ill leave this site and go to another one without Mac's. This is why everyone is here in the first place, Windows hardware and software.
May 6, 2009 1:04:45 AM

tpi2007I did the same with Windows 7 Beta 7000. I have a Toshiba A200-226 with 2 200gb hard drives. I have Vista on one (it came with it), and, having the other one empty, that's where I installed Windows 7. No problems at all! I hope everything goes well with your installation too!


What do i do if my secondary HDD isn't empty? its got some backup files on it. Do i just delete them? or do i need to like "wipe" the hdd or something?

Would it be better to make a new partition on that secondary drive?

I have no experience in this :) 
May 6, 2009 3:59:23 AM

My speeds in Minnesota, USA, were about 500KB/s until about 79%, then dropped to 20KB/s. I do not know if it was my ISP or if the download had been slowing gradually the whole time. (I watched it fly through the first 10%, I diddn't check it again for about 3 hours and it was at 79%, probably slowed much sooner than I thought.)

After it was DL'ed it took me 40 minutes to burn, install, and fully update it on my laptop. Like it so far. I'm not changing my gaming rigs from vista x64 until I make sure of full compatability though.

Overall, great so far!
May 6, 2009 4:51:08 AM

up and running one of the os i have ever installed flag pop up about antivirus clicked more options kaspersky has a beta trial for 6 months running fine fast and user friendly try it and see
May 6, 2009 4:52:11 AM

540kb/s most of the download in us
May 6, 2009 5:29:24 AM

got mine, upgrade from windows vista took over 4 hours! ouch, full install would have been better. had to get beta version of norton. will play some more tomorrow...
May 6, 2009 11:30:13 AM

Geh!, Wolfenstein ET, Battlefield 2, Quake 3 Arena and various others have punkbuster problems, but hell, Mirror's Edge and Fear 2 feels more smoother than vista 64, like 10% more fps.
May 6, 2009 12:14:48 PM

touchdowntexas13What do i do if my secondary HDD isn't empty? its got some backup files on it. Do i just delete them? or do i need to like "wipe" the hdd or something?Would it be better to make a new partition on that secondary drive?I have no experience in this



My HDD was empty, and it is the best way to do it: on a clean disk. In order to keep your backup files I would advise you to either create a new partition on that secondary drive, and installing Windows 7 in there, or just copying the backup files somewhere else (another Hdd, Dvd's, etc) and wiping the harddrive. If you don't, the Windows 7 intallation will do it for you anyway.
May 6, 2009 3:57:03 PM

ehenry818I started the download before I left for work this morning. I hope more and more people see Windows 7 as a good thing and realize that if they want to keep there 5 year old machines, Windows 7 will run on it. Someone asked why would you want to update from XP? Better Security. Even though Vista is a resoruce hog it much more secure than XP. I do the same things I did when I had XP and more, and I have less secuity issues on Vista. So far Windows 7 seems a lot more stable than windows XP. This October Windows XP will have been out for 8 years, and there are still so many issues with it. After 8 years and XP still is not right, it is still crashing, Blue screening etc. I have had less problems with Vista than with XP. It amazes me how soon people forget how horrible windows XP was when it first came out and that it took a good 3 years or so to get a lot of the issues worked out, and to this day XP still bites the fat one.


You must have forgotten that if you weren't using Windows 2000, which most home users were not, you were stuck with Windows ME or 98. While XP wasn't perfectly stable, it did last more than 48 hours without a reboot which could rarely be said for a lot of people running the former OS. I will agree that vista was more stable upon release. Most people didn't want there hand held as much as it attempted to do though, along with the well documented performance issues.
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