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[AK]Palooka
01-27-2009, 04:58 PM
Is anyone else running the Windows 7 beta? I just installed it today on my gaming desktop, and so far, I'm fairly impressed. Nearly everything worked right out of the box, and it has been perfectly stable so far. From a formatted drive to installation completion, this has probably been my best Windows experience. Fallout 3 looks and runs great at maximum settings--even better, perhaps, than it did in XP for me.

[AK]Bribo
01-27-2009, 05:48 PM
A friend at work is running it and having a similar, positive experience.

[AK]Hylander
01-28-2009, 06:02 AM
I downloaded it, I just haven't burned it and tried an install yet.

I had a similar experience with VISTA-64, and haven't had a problem to speak of and it's still running as smooth as the day I installed it.

[AK]Rocks
01-28-2009, 06:20 AM
Just install vista 64 on main gaming pc and my laptop. So far so good! Not ready to reinstall stuff again so soon for window 7.

[AK]Bribo
01-28-2009, 09:36 AM
Quick review of the Windows 7 OS by David Pogue:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid959009704/bclid1350269320/bctid8885984001

[AK]Gunny Highway
05-17-2009, 04:34 PM
I just grabbed rc1 for x64 ultimate, installing it on my gaming rig so I'll see how it goes. Cool thing is that rc1 is good until June 2010 so they give you a decent amount of time to test it. Although it does say that at the end of March 2010 it will start shutting down every 2 hours, still more than enough time to try it out :)

[AK]The Beast
05-17-2009, 04:40 PM
I have it installed on a VM. Not putting it through any heavy lifting but it performs great with 2 processors and 2 gigs of my MacBook's RAM.

[AK]Squidly
05-17-2009, 05:18 PM
It's got one huge downside that I can think of.

[AK]Clay
05-17-2009, 05:51 PM
two questions:

Does the media player still keep playing audio after you close it?

Do the folders still keep resetting the settings after you reboot?

[AK]Gunny Highway
05-18-2009, 10:02 AM
Clay;92932']two questions:

Does the media player still keep playing audio after you close it?

Do the folders still keep resetting the settings after you reboot?

Haven't had either of these issues happen to me at all, so far so good another cool benefit is that by running release candidate 1 you get to download the beta versions from all the major antivirus companies for free.

So far it is very stable all the options are there just takes a little to find them sometimes. I like the "gadgets" you can configure. I haven't had any compatibility issues yet either.

[AK]Clay
09-16-2009, 05:46 AM
Any updates on this? There's a way to purchase ligit keys for Win 7 from MS for $20, and I'm thinking about it. Vista has been a dissappointment, and I want better.

[AK]Rocks
09-16-2009, 05:57 AM
So, I have upgraded 2 machines to windows 7 (retail) and loving it (about 4 weeks ago). Appears to be snapper and stable. The aero interface is much better along with that UAC thing is now a sliding bar that can be adjusted. I turned it off for now. No issues with gaming or application todate!

Recommendation to date is good to go... (2 machines = (pc machines and laptop))

[AK]Brorlis
09-16-2009, 06:23 AM
I have Windows 7 RC1 64 loaded on my laptop and I'm loving it. I steered clear of anything with Vista on it but caved in to try 7 and have not been disappointed.

[AK]The Beast
09-16-2009, 06:28 AM
I have Windows 7 Enterprise (retail) installed on my MacBook, my work desktop (these two are 32-bit) and on my gaming rig (64 bit), and have been 100% happy. So far, no compatibility problems (although I've heard Batman Arkham Asylum has issues); basically, it's all the good stuff from Vista with the problems fixed (including "problems" that weren't problems, like UAC--it's much less intrusive in Vista). It's a faster OS, too, IMO--MS did a good job streamlining it (there's a version targeted specifically at netbooks, so the de-bloating shows.)

[AK]Clay
09-16-2009, 05:07 PM
Bah, the jerks, they closed the loophole by the time I got home tonight, so no $19 Win 7 key for me.
:(

[AK]Brorlis
09-16-2009, 07:15 PM
Clay I have an extra activation key for the RC1 64bit

I'll send you the link to the download and the key in the morning.

It's good until March 2010

[AK]Clay
09-16-2009, 07:54 PM
Brorlis;94665']Clay I have an extra activation key for the RC1 64bit

I'll send you the link to the download and the key in the morning.

It's good until March 2010

Cool!

Though, I don't know what RC1 means... Also, does the version stop working after March then?

[AK]Bribo
09-17-2009, 05:01 AM
I spotted this deal today on Lifehacker:

http://lifehacker.com/5361566/get-eight-windows-7-licenses-for-19-if-youre-a-student-anywhere?skyline=true&s=x

"The CyberNet blog points any student with an interest or inclination toward the "science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields" to check out the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), where a membership is $19 and one of membership's key perks is access to Microsoft's MSDN Academic Alliance catalog. That lets you snag Office and other normally high-priced products for very low prices, and Windows 7 Professional licenses for free, minus the cost of membership. A single validation key for Windows 7 Professional at the cost of a pizza is pretty good, but CyberNet sweetens the deal by noting that picking up eight separate keys for 32- and 64-bit version of Windows 7 in four different languages gives you eight keys that work on any installation. That's a seriously cheap family upgrade pack."

So basically if you know a high school or college student with any interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics they can apply for an ACM membership for $19. If this membership is approved (and I can't see why they would decline you) you then qualify for a Windows 7 Professional license. You can also download eight seperate keys in four different languages which you can use on all the PCs in your house. Quite the deal. I may have to have my daughter apply for membership. :)

[AK]Clay
09-17-2009, 05:27 AM
Microsoft removed Windows 7 from that program last night.

[AK]Bribo
09-17-2009, 06:16 AM
Clay;94674']Microsoft removed Windows 7 from that program last night.

Plugh.

[AK]Brorlis
09-17-2009, 06:36 AM
Clay;94667']Cool!

Though, I don't know what RC1 means... Also, does the version stop working after March then?

It's the first release candidate of the OS. It's a step past Beta. The OS does start shutting dwn after March but has th option to purchase and keep it.

[AK]Clay
09-17-2009, 07:10 PM
Even better - looks like you can get the full version permanently for $30. Not as good as $19, but still worth it. It says "upgrade", I assume that means upgrade from Vista, but it's not clear.

http://windows7.digitalriver.com/store/mswpus/en_US/DisplayHomePage

here's the catch - you have to have a student e-mail address to get it :(

Anyone have a spare student addy they aren't using? ;)