What’s New in Windows 7: A Lot!!

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Yes, I’m now running Windows 7 on my HP TouchSmart PC, instead of using Vista. I knew that the Beta had been released, after hundreds of you had come pouring into our chat room asking if I had used it yet – and what I thought of it. I gotta say – so far it’s running very well!

I wasn’t able to get Windows 7 to recognize all of the hardware. I had to install it twice. The first time, it wouldn’t really work well. The second time, I did the same thing and it worked great. The only thing I cannot get to work still is the multi-touch feature of the TouchSmart. I was surprised to see that things I hadn’t expected to change have done so – and for the better! A lot more features have been fleshed out.

There are a few things I think will plague Windows for all of eternity. Once again, this version of Windows is chock full of the Tahoma font. For that reason alone, I could never think of any version of Windows as more than a Beta. I just can’t stand to have to look at it! I don’t think any self-respecting designer would release an operating system that had the use of MS Sans Seriff Tahoma throughout the UI. It’s kind of sloppy in my book.

However, if you can look past something like this, then Windows 7 will likely be an excellent upgrade for you. It’s definitely a lot faster than Vista. There isn’t any lag at all when doing a search from within the start menu or elsewhere on the system. When I plug in a USB device, it is recognized immediately.

A lot of the things that I appreciate are the things that they’ve seen through. A lot of what we saw added into Vista were taken out even more. They’ve added even more functionality without overwhelming the users. If you’re a power user, my recommendation is that you download Windows 7 Beta and give it a shot. I don’t know that I’d use this yet as your primary system, but it’s definitely worth trying.

I do plan to do a small series on Windows 7, to prepare people for what they’ll see. I am going to focus small videos on things that I have found within this new operating system that I already like. Windows 7 isn’t enough to make me want to “switch back” and away from Mac OS X. But I do like it, yes. It’s an excellent experience so far, and I know many of you are going to be happy with it. It feels so much more complete than Vista – it feels like what Vista should have been. There isn’t a lot of “wow” factor, but they have taken a lot of time to develop features that are important.

If you want to send feedback to Microsoft, you can download the Beta. Inside of every window, there is a direct feedback link. You can give it a star ranking, type in your feedback, and more. Allegedly, Microsoft will be taking a serious look at everything you have to say.

Keep in mind, you will likely run into issues as you begin to use Windows 7. Remember – you’re using a Beta, not a final release! Identifying and fixing bugs and issues is what a Beta is all about. Let me know what your experience is like so far – both positive and negative. If you have excellent tips and tricks already, let us hear from you!

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22 thoughts on “What’s New in Windows 7: A Lot!!”

  1. So far so good! It installed all hardware for me the first time except my old Visioneer scanner that we would not expect it to do since there will be no drivers released for it from Visioneer. I skipped Vista so I can’t compare to that but it works and feels nice. I dual boot Linux and XP , well now its a triple boot with 7, andI will definitely consider the upgrade when the time comes.

  2. Well, for some it must be a lot… of ugliness. I have never seen so ugly and poorly-finished beta since Chicago (yes, I have been around that long). The default fish-flying wallpaper is a masterpiece of bad-taste and resolution.

    Oh, and if you thought IE7 on Vista was bad, you didn’t try IE8 on Se7en (yes, that is the ugliest nickname for a program/OS in years. Great, dudes). It crashes randomly, making for a very pleasant browsing experience; download Firefox IMMEDIATELY. I think even Safari, The GodMother Of All Dull Browsers (Opera included) would do a better job.

    Well, now that I have taken it out of my chest, let me boot Leopard again. Not that it’s the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, but it gets the job done a bit better than the competition (dozens of Linux flavours included).

  3. You do realize that you can change the font that Windows uses… right?

    It has been this way for at least 15 years now.

  4. Yea I agree with Chris the OS is way better than Vista, I’ve also had some problems with drivers. Ive tried installing newest video card drivers and for some reason it tends to hang and I get the blank screen of death πŸ˜› – Also when I use the video driver Win7 gives me to install for my video card after using it for a few minutes it tends to freeze up/lock up on me – But before all that i tried it ran some benchmarks and it ran very smooth.

  5. I love it! Goodbye to Vista! I’m running it on a Dell desktop that is more than 5 years old with a P4 and 1GB of RAM. It runs smoother than my HP Desktop running a Core2 Duo and 2 GB of RAM. I can’t take Vista off the notebook just yet because it’s my primary PC.

  6. Agree with your point about Tahoma fonts. It’s one of the first few things I customize when I get a brand new install of Windows on. What font works for you on Windows?

  7. I installed Windows 7 Beta on a Gateway laptop. So far my experience hasn’t been that good. I have no sound, can’t get the WiFi adaptor to work and I have gotten the blue screen of death several times. I have installed the OS three times and it still keeps on giving me problems.

    Windows 7 Beta looks cleaner and I for one enjoy the new task bar. Oh, I really enjoy the way one can resize a window quickly by moving and touching the top edge of the screen. Seems original.

    I can’t wait for the final version… just like I did when Vista and previous versions of Windows came out πŸ™‚ Fun!

  8. All i can say, is that if Windows 7 is like vista, but with all the bugs worked out. its great, i think the idea of vista is great, and its got some nice features just if they would work. And bluescreens HAVE to go..
    i have never bluescreened with XP

  9. Windows 7 has a lot to give users, and I think its worthy of fully-paid upgrade, in my opinion. I’ll definitely be paying the AU$300 to get it. I’ve posted nearly four posts on Lockergnome, and my experience has only got better as I’ve used it. Thanks for the vid, Chris πŸ™‚

  10. I’m using Linux all the way. No need for Windows at all. Any version, for that matter. Yeah, so a few programs might not work so good or at all but that’s why they have alternatives in Linux that you just have to do a bit of actual Work to discover and then set up. It’s called learning people. Well, not to be rude here but as I said, Windows no more for me, Linux all the way. Works better, faster, more secure, stable, cleaner, looks cooler, simple, small, and just plain gets the job done at the end of the day without all the commotion of this or that doesn’t work and I wonder why. I’m using Ubuntu 8.10 right now btw.

  11. Yes! Finally. I love Windows 7. I’d say two of my favorite new features in W7 is the click/drag on the title bar of windows. Maximized windows will popout and you can move the window around and pop it back in as a maximized window on another screen. Drag and drop windows. Excellent.

    The other new feature I really like is the application/preview/peeking on the taskbar.. no need to alt-tab thru the applications just to see one thing and then have to alt-tab back. no clicks, no alt-tabs.. just move the mouse to see. how easy is that?

    Oh and the “Loudness” effects on the sound card is a cool feature. Not sure if that was included in Vista or not. With this turned on, I find I don’t have to mess with volume settings as much. Way to go Microsoft and W7 Dev team..

  12. Please try Ubuntu people. Try it for at least 2 weeks. Change it to your liking. Stop wasting your money.

  13. Give it up, Lusers. If people wanted Linux they’d run Linux, sheesh.

    OS activism is a waste of everyones time, yours included.

    And since time = money, Linux is no more free than Windows or OSX is πŸ˜›

    7 sounds interesting. It must be shaping up decently if the beta is in any way usable. I remember the Vista beta’s *shudder*

  14. When I press my middle mouse button it gives the choice of programs running and that’s great if I’m on the desktop, but I’m wanting to use the middle mouse button when using a program then MAN IS IT ANNOYING!
    I’ve been struggling to find out how to turn that feature off (help would be fantastic) πŸ™‚

  15. Nothing wrong with the Tahoma font, I personally like it. Be thankful it’s not Comic Sans Serif like all the HR ladies want.

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