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Last post Author Topic: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)  (Read 53118 times)

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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #125 on: January 12, 2009, 06:28:30 PM »


I am deliberately running Windows 7  on an older machine that couldn't adequately handle Vista to get a better idea of how W7 stacks up.

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ComponentDetails

Score   Component
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4.1     Processor
4.1     Memory (RAM)
2.0     Graphics
3.0     Gaming graphics
2.0     Primary hard disk

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AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+ 1.50GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 6100 (Prerelease - WDDM 1.0)
575 MB Total available graphics memory
45GB Free (58GB Total)

Finishing up Day-1 with the little beastie. Office 2k7 works just fine, as does Firefox 3.0.5. Interface is almost snappy despite the fact that I have a very poor Windows performance score.

I was happy to see an earlier problem I had with Windows Explorer closing and restarting every time I changed my desktop theme seems to have been corrected with an online driver update through the Device Manager. Pretty cool.


« Last Edit: January 12, 2009, 06:35:30 PM by 40hz »

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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #126 on: January 12, 2009, 06:44:04 PM »
Are you sure it has anything to do with recovery? It sure doesn't look that way to me... (see attachment in previous post)

WinRE is installed in \Recovery\RANDOMNUMBERS

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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #127 on: January 12, 2009, 06:47:20 PM »
Are you sure it has anything to do with recovery? It sure doesn't look that way to me... (see attachment in previous post)
WinRE is installed in \Recovery\RANDOMNUMBERS
...which isn't present on the BCD volume Win7 created on my install, but is present in %SYSTEMDRIVE% (ie., C:, where the rest of the Win7 files go).
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #128 on: January 12, 2009, 07:17:39 PM »
are games any faster?

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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #129 on: January 12, 2009, 07:44:39 PM »
Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions re: installing Windows 7 64-bit as a guest OS on a virtual machine. In the end, I elected to simply download the 32-bit version and get on with my life  ;D

It installed quite quickly. I assigned a gig of RAM to it and it's rather sluggish compared to Vista on 4 gig and XP on 2, but what does on expect?! I'm pretty pleased with the overall fit and finish, but rather nonplussed overall - it really does feel more like a new Vista theme than anything else. Having said that, I've not done more than open up the new Paint for a look, so early days yet. Will look more carefully at it over the coming week and post some impressions.
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #130 on: January 12, 2009, 08:04:42 PM »
It installed quite quickly. I assigned a gig of RAM to it and it's rather sluggish compared to Vista on 4 gig and XP on 2, but what does on expect?!
Is that using VirtualPC? It's quite snappy being assigned 1gig running under vmware...
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #131 on: January 12, 2009, 08:08:42 PM »
It installed quite quickly. I assigned a gig of RAM to it and it's rather sluggish compared to Vista on 4 gig and XP on 2, but what does on expect?!
Is that using VirtualPC? It's quite snappy being assigned 1gig running under vmware...

It's very sluggish (to say the least) using VirtualPC on my 1GB RAM VM...

« Last Edit: January 12, 2009, 09:06:56 PM by Deozaan »

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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #132 on: January 12, 2009, 08:42:07 PM »
I have to agree - in VMWare (with 1Gb of memory) it is probably as fast as Windows XP, maybe a bit better.

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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #133 on: January 12, 2009, 09:08:00 PM »
Yes - I"m running Windows 7 in Virtual PC. Seeing these last few posts prompted me to return to Virtual PC and take a look. I'd probably stop short of calling it sluggish, per se, but it's noticably slower than my "real" XP and Vista installs, both of which have a LOT more RAM to work with.
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #134 on: January 13, 2009, 02:47:17 PM »
Now that the beta is out, I was wondering if it would make more sense to shift the discussion over to WINDOWS 7 THREAD (ongoing) or possibly starting a new topic called something like: I'm Running Windows 7 Beta?

http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=15107.0

« Last Edit: January 13, 2009, 02:51:59 PM by 40hz »

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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #135 on: January 13, 2009, 04:03:25 PM »
Good thought, 40hz  :Thmbsup: I'd probably vote for a new topic dedicated to discussing using the beta...

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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #136 on: January 13, 2009, 06:58:51 PM »
Yes - I"m running Windows 7 in Virtual PC. Seeing these last few posts prompted me to return to Virtual PC and take a look. I'd probably stop short of calling it sluggish, per se, but it's noticably slower than my "real" XP and Vista installs, both of which have a LOT more RAM to work with.
Switch to a better VM application, then :)
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #137 on: January 13, 2009, 07:50:18 PM »
Well I tried it out this weekend using VirtualBox. Other than a problem with 'network connection' (fixed by changing the adapter setting) and not having full access to my graphic card, it ran fairly well if a little sluggishly.  Had RAM set at 800MB.

But today I bit the bullet and decided to set a dual boot with XP and Windows 7 (don't have and don't want Vista) . Used gparted to create a new 30GB partition on my secondary drive. Burned the Windows 7 ISO to a DVD using Imgburn and did a clean install.


Processor Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 420 @ 1.60GHz
Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 512MB

Install and updates took around half an hour. Have just finished the Driver installs for all my peripherals:
  Logitech M518 Optical Gaming mouse (with uberOptions for SetPoint)
  Wacom Graphire 3 tablet
  Nostromo n52

All installed no problems. Am writing this post from W7 using Firefox 3. Will be spending the rest of the evening playing around and installing a few more essential apps. But so far I'm pleasantly surprised.

Add my vote for a dedicated W7 user experience thread.
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #138 on: January 13, 2009, 08:07:13 PM »
Yes - I"m running Windows 7 in Virtual PC. Seeing these last few posts prompted me to return to Virtual PC and take a look. I'd probably stop short of calling it sluggish, per se, but it's noticably slower than my "real" XP and Vista installs, both of which have a LOT more RAM to work with.
Switch to a better VM application, then :)

No doubt! However, I'm skint and not about to spend any money on a more robust solution (the free ones that people have tried - VirtualPC and VirtualBox seem to have the same problems...). I guess I could try the VMWare cocktail suggested earlier... All told, though, I'm not sure I can be bothered just now - if I get the urge to play with Win 7 I'm just going to install it and take advantage of my hardware!
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #139 on: January 14, 2009, 11:46:36 AM »
For those interested here's a list of windows 7 keyboard shortcuts.
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #140 on: January 14, 2009, 12:57:21 PM »
For those interested here's a list of windows 7 keyboard shortcuts.

Thanks! That's useful.


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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #141 on: January 14, 2009, 01:53:01 PM »
Has anybody tried to nlite this? I was dismayed to realize that after a 2.5 Gig download, I suddenly came to the brilliant conclusion that I would have to burn this on a DVD not a CD. :wallbash:

I guess what I'm asking is if the ISO is really that contrapulated or is there a bunch of cruft that can be stripped out to get it down to CD size?

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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #142 on: January 14, 2009, 03:25:19 PM »
Has anybody tried to nlite this? I was dismayed to realize that after a 2.5 Gig download, I suddenly came to the brilliant conclusion that I would have to burn this on a DVD not a CD. :wallbash:

I guess what I'm asking is if the ISO is really that contrapulated or is there a bunch of cruft that can be stripped out to get it down to CD size?


Ooooo! Now that's a thought. I'll have to give that a spin since I seem to recall reading somewhere that vLite is supposed to work with Win7.

(I also wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft left a lot of debug code in the beta since it is a beta. If so, vLite won't be able to do much about that.)


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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #143 on: January 14, 2009, 03:50:14 PM »
Interesting post up on gHacks.

http://www.downloads...le-windows-7-instal/

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Turn any USB flash drive or HDD into a bootable Windows 7 installer

This little gem managed to slip through the cracks, but now that you've all had a chance to get your hands on the Windows 7 beta iso, it's definitely worth sharing.

In November Long Zheng - all around smartypants and good guy - released a handy tutorial on turning the PDC hard drive that Windows 7 was being distributed on at the time into a bootable installer. As luck would have it, he discovered that the process works with any old drive.

It's a pretty simple procedure. Create an active partition on your USB drive if there's not one there already. Mount your Windows 7 iso with a utility like Daemon Tools Lite, and copy the complete contents of the "disc" onto your drive. That's it. Reboot and force your PC to boot to the USB device, and you should be ready to install.

You should be able to pull the same thing off with Vista as well by following the same steps.

Here's the direct link to Long Zheng's how-to mentioned in the above article:

http://www.istarteds...dows-7-install-disk/


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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #144 on: January 14, 2009, 05:10:11 PM »
40Hz: how on earth is that going to work if you having installed a bootsector on the USB device? Formatting doesn't do that by default...

Would be interesting trying to vLite Win7 - might be possible since it's based on Vista. It already has a lower install footprint than a standard Vista install, though.
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #145 on: January 14, 2009, 07:16:11 PM »
GAH!!
2.5 Gig Win7 download
1.4 Meg vLite download
1.34 Gig Microsoft WAIK download (required by vLite)

This had better turn out a less-than-700-Megabyte install iso or I'm gonna be upset...  >:(


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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #146 on: January 14, 2009, 11:17:42 PM »
GAH!!
2.5 Gig Win7 download
1.4 Meg vLite download
1.34 Gig Microsoft WAIK download (required by vLite)

This had better turn out a less-than-700-Megabyte install iso or I'm gonna be upset...  >:(



My sentiments exactly. It's the 1.34Gb WAIK download that prompted me to say "Shag this!"

I'm curious...but I'm not that curious. 8)

40Hz: how on earth is that going to work if you having installed a bootsector on the USB device? Formatting doesn't do that by default...

I agree. From the look of the how-to, the formatting was done under Win7. I suspect that a boot sector gets written to the drive when you select the new "Mark Partition as Active" option under the Drive Manager.

Looks like they added some features from the old fdisk command to the Disk Management snap-in.
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #147 on: January 15, 2009, 12:21:15 AM »
It sucks that you have to download WAIK to use vLite - I'm pretty sure it's only one or two DLL files it needs from that package (or something similar). nuhi probably did it this way to avoid getting into redistribution trouble with Microsoft... I'm attaching the files I think are necessary here, try unpacking them to your vLite install folder. I hope it's not a problem posting them here, honestly I can't see the problem in doing so - but moderators, feel free to remove if you don't approve.

Wrt. bootsector getting installed if you mark partition as active, that sounds reasonable.
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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #148 on: January 15, 2009, 01:06:29 AM »
It sucks that you have to download WAIK to use vLite - I'm pretty sure it's only one or two DLL files it needs from that package (or something similar). nuhi probably did it this way to avoid getting into redistribution trouble with Microsoft... I'm attaching the files I think are necessary here, try unpacking them to your vLite install folder.

Thanks f0dder!  That did the trick.  :Thmbsup:

1. Drop wimfltr, wimfltr.sys, and  wimgapi.dll into the vLite root folder.

2. Right click on wimfltr (i.e. setup info file) and select Install

Next time you open vLite it's ready to go.

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Well...it's 2:05AM where I'm sitting, so I'm gonna call it a day and give vLite a shot tomorrow. I'll post how it worked out when I do.

'Night...


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Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!)
« Reply #149 on: January 15, 2009, 11:25:59 AM »
w00t!!
Worked fine.
Mounted the DVD iso with MagicISO.
vLite grinding away...