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I have installed Windows 7 on “bare metal” on one of my machines. This was a laptop that I work with and it was a very easy install. First off, it was the quickest OS install that I have ever experienced. You can tell that Microsoft spent some significant time working on the performance and quality of the install and bravo to the team that worked on that feature!

I also used the 64-bit version of the operating system. More and more people are turning to 64-bit and it is really starting to be the time that we should only be installing this OS (even at home). I want to get 8GB of RAM in my home computer and the only means to do this is really to turn to 64-bit.

I have also installed the 64-bit Windows 7 on one of my work machines and I am using it for my day-to-day work now. So, my recommendation is this:

If you are going to install Vista with or without its service packs on one of your machines – you should install Windows 7 instead. It is *considerably* faster than Vista is and more stable. I have to say that I was a big negative voice out there for Vista. I needed to use it for real work and the performance of the OS, the strange behaviors it brought, and more – all of this would always just make me stop in my tracks and say – why am I working with this OS? I gave Vista about three tries before uninstalling it and going back to Windows XP. I am not the only one by the way.

But I have to say that Windows 7 is the Vista that should have been. It is what you are going to want in an OS. It is fast, has some great workflows, is sexy, and is a lot of fun to work with. So far, I am rather impressed. I am looking for some things that are going to stop me from ever using it – but there has been very little.

When I installed Windows 7, it immediately found all my drivers for the two computers that I installed it on. There wasn’t a single driver problem that I experienced with the install. This was very very nice.

I also installed this items and they worked just fine on Windows 7:

  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft One Note 2007
  • Microsoft Visio 2007
  • Paint.NET
  • Tortoise SVN 64-bit version
  • Notepad++
  • Window Live Writer (using it right now)
  • Visual Studio 2008 SP1
  • ReSharper 4
  • FoxIt Reader

With that said, there were some things that didn’t install so well. One being some ISO reader software that I usually use to install things. I ended up finding PowerISO that seems to work and you can use it as a trial for a little bit to get your machine going at least.

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:41 AM Windows , Microsoft , MSDN | Back to top

Comments on this post: Windows 7 Up and Running

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I scared to install Windows 7 on my PC because I thought it's something like Vista.
But after this post, I'm getting myself ready to install Windows 7!
Left by Mohammad Mahdi Ramezanpour on Jan 14, 2009 11:46 AM

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Maybe you should try installing Vista again. I believe you will find nearly identical experience: speed of install, driver story, stability? Vista has actually never crashed on any machine in my shop - I doubt it has on yours. I've been reading lots of "7 is great" posts, and the comments betray that they are from XP users who missed the train last time around.

No matter, 7 will be here by the end of the year, and all the comments are for naught. What's the difference?

But please don't recommend beta OS for production use: not worth the cycle time. Your new taskbar will be here soon enough, meanwhile Vista is nearly as good and solid.
Left by Joe on Jan 15, 2009 6:19 AM

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yes 7 is def improvment on vista but jez vista after sp1 was not the flop every one thought never had prob after sp1 besides maybe 1 or 2 bloody nvidia drivers agreed 7 is hot but untill it out in full vista is def the the go especially if multi media or general use is your thing any reason not to convert now isxp compatabilty which 7 with xp mode will fix but serious vista until then ppl love it and anyone with ore 2 or i7 just go i7 lets get 64 bit cranked as soon as we take it on board so will delevopers its ablessing in disguise Vista Ultimate 64 or when available windows 7 64 plus downlaod windows 7 rc lets help iron the bugs out and ,ake it the s#&* OS that we all want ... drunken blog by slotty but u no its true
Left by Slotty on May 08, 2009 10:37 AM

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I have installed windows 7 beta first and enjoyed. Finally the windows 7 retail version also installed. Overall i feel much better than the previous versions. Still what i dont like is the lag in Internet explorer 8.
Left by VB Guest on Sep 24, 2009 8:46 AM

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