Last night I took the plunge and downloaded the beta release of Windows 7 and installed it on my Dell XPS M1330. This is the story so far:
Regular reads of my blog will know that I like to keep abreast of software and hardware developments as and when they happen and this is how I come to be writing this post from Windows 7. I am not a Windows fan but wanted to know what the new update is like and what Microsoft will eventually be asking customers to shell out more money for.
Ok, the install.
I went for an upgrade from Vista Premium at first which took an amazingly long time to complete, about 2 and a half hours. It ran fine, however the internet refused to work which I worked out was because Zonealarm was installed. So, rather than weed out any other conflicts I decided to do a fresh install, working out at about 45 mins in total. And yes, now the internet is working. Wireless works out of the box also, no drivers needed. Display drivers for the M1330 by Nvidia from Dell also work fine. If I have any problems with any other drivers I’ll be sure to post an update.
For the new features Microsoft lists as new / improved in Windows 7 I will refer you to this wikipedia article.
I will no doubt be referencing these in future posts on this beta release.
For the main part I notice only a few cosmetic differences after using the operating system, but that is only after an hours proper usage. Battery life does however seem to be improved when running off it.
I am going to set up a special static page on my blog for listing software that works and does not work with this beta.
That’s about it for now, check back for updates as and when they happen.