win7evalWindows 7 will  be hitting the shelves and internet software retailers’ sites in the next few weeks, so I thought it was about time to try it out and see what the fuss was all about. Up until April this year I had been using an old desktop htpc which had been running XP and was really beginning to struggle with the amount of work I threw at it day to day. I decided to get a Laptop, so that I could continue to work and “connected” while I was away, for example waiting at airports or travelling by train. My old Laptop was an HP so I stuck to the brand that I know and trust, the only problem I had with that laptop was the (fujitsu)Hard Disk started to fail, after I replaced that, myself :), it was a great wee machine.

The Laptop of choice this time was the HP 6735s with the following specifications:

AMD Turion X2 Dual Core RM-72 2.1Ghz, 4GB 800DDR2, 320GB 15.4″ DVD RW LightScribe Writer, WLAN, 8 Cell Battery, Webcam, Bluetooth 2.0+, Onboard ATI Radeon HD3200 Windows Vista Home Premium.

This machine, with the help of 4Gb RAM, runs Vista pretty smoothly although I did do a lot of tweaking. On a forum I visit  regularly I noticed a lot of chat about people beta testing Windows 7 so I thought I’d give it a bash, you can’t download the .iso anymore from the microsoft site but if you have the .iso (the image file needed to “burn” the windows7 installation DVD) you can still obtain trial keys which will enable you to test Windows7 until March 2010.

Here it is…my windows 7 Desktop

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Quite a Spectacular view I’m sure you’ll agree?

At the moment I am running all my old programs which I used in Vista, although I am now using the 64Bit versions of some programs. The Features such as the pin board are different to get used to at first, but after an hour or so it becomes second nature and I quite enjoy using Windows7 already.

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Laptop feels lighter, by default it runs about half the processes that Vista Home edition did, which helps to speed up the responsiveness of the system. Not every computer is Windows 7 compatible, but there are utilities which can point out possible hardware or software conflict if you were to try the the operating system. I will do another post soon with the list of prgrams I am running and the only oddity which I have come across, and I’m not sure if its windows7 or my router thats causing it so I won’t jump to conclusions! Until next time, thank you for reading.