My Experience With Windows 7 so Far

18 09 2009

After fully utilizing Windows 7 in my laptop for about a week already, I can say that I am deeply impressed with Windows 7’s performance and compactness. Below is a summary of what I feel so far about Windows 7 if compared to Windows XP:

  1. Performance have been simply amazing: For me, this is one of the major points as to why Windows 7 will be successful. Minimizing and maximizing is responsive, I can run more programs and surprisingly, it feels quicker than Windows XP. Currently, I am running 2 browsers (Firefox and Internet Explorer), iTunes, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger and Microsoft Virtual PC and yet I don’t feel any major performance hit. Oh, and did I forget that at the background, SQL Server, IIS and Apache are running?
  2. Everything is simple, compact and precise: Even though I am running loads of programs, my taskbar remains clean and neat with all the programs arranged nicely within their respective icons. I can even close programs directly from the taskbar instead of shifting my cursor to the top right of the screen all the time. The taskbar is indeed a serious UI revolution!
  3. Most programs in XP works in W7: Okay, I said most because I am still having problems installing Kaspersky anti-virus into my PC. Besides that, everything else worked well without a hitch!
  4. Driver a no issue: No drivers in my Dell Inspiron 1520 had any issues on Windows 7. If you can’t find a driver for w7, just download the Windows Vista one and it should work fine.
  5. Interface Easily Customizable: Customizing your desktop is now even more easier with the introduction of themes in Windows 7. Below are screenshots of multiple themes that I can apply on W7 by just using the desktop customization function:

As I continue my journey with Windows 7, I will be sharing more regarding it’s usability and features. Stay tuned!

This post is part of the Windows 7 Rock Star Initiative

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Can my PC Run Windows 7?

15 09 2009
Can YOUR PC Run Windows 7?

Can YOUR PC Run Windows 7?

These days when considering an OS upgrade, the main question that will be asked would be: “Can my PC hardware run on this OS properly and efficiently?”. I too, think the same as I do not want to see performance degradation on my PC thus affecting my work. If it does, why don’t I just stick back to the previous OS which worked really well for me all these years? This was why I stuck through with XP even though Vista was around. 😀

Unlike previous installments of Windows, I can safely say that Windows 7 is the only OS which does not require any major hardware upgrade in order for it to run. These days, everyone is talking about installing Linux OSes into their older PC to keep them running. Of course, please don’t expect a 256 MB PC running on Pentium 3 to run Windows 7 because the functions on Win7 takes up a lot more RAM and processing power. 512MB is the minimum target you should set. However, if you wish to try installing Windows 7 on a 256MB RAM PC, here is a guide: Install Windows 7 with 256MB of RAM (Any attempts will be welcomed!)

Below are the minimum specifications required to run Windows 7:

Architecture 32-bit
Processor speed 1 GHz 32-bit processor
Memory (RAM) 1 GB of RAM
Graphics card DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0
HDD free space 16 GB of available disk space
Optical drive

So, will Windows 7 run smoothly on my aging PC?  The test PC that I will be using would be a 6 year old PC, running on the following spec:

Architecture 32-bit
Processor speed 2.4 GHz 32-bit Intel P4processor
Memory (RAM) 2GB of RAM
Graphics card NVidia 7900GS DirectX 9 graphics processor
HDD free space 200 GB of available disk space
Optical drive DVD drive (only to install from DVD/CD Media)

If you all did follow my previous post on HTPC, you would have known that I did install Windows 7 Beta into it. So are there any improvements in performance as compared to Windows 7 Beta and Windows XP?

So after trying it out, in terms of performance, it is ALMOST as good or even better than XP at times. If comparing to Windows 7 Beta, there also seems to be a slight improvement in terms of overall response time. Take note that i have even turned on Aero effects, and the slowing down was still almost minimal. Even the startup and shutdown times were faster than Windows XP. Timing comparisons will be added soon!

Conclusion: If you are a Windows XP user with a PC that matches the minimum requirements as mentioned above, do consider upgrading to check out what you have been missing out especially with the new start menu bar, taskbar and search functions which all available in Windows 7. If you are running Windows Vista now, I cannot see any better reason as to why not to UPGRADE your PC to Windows 7 once it launches.

Your Old PC + Windows 7 = BIG WIN!

Your Old PC + Windows 7 = BIG WIN!

This post is part of the Windows 7 Rock Star Initiative

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Windows 7 Rock Star





Upgraded from Windows 7 Enterprise to Ultimate!

14 09 2009

Yep, I may have just reformatted my PC from Windows XP to Windows 7 Enterprise last week. However, I received a new package of Windows 7 just last Friday as part of the Windows 7 Rock Star program. Here it is:

Windows 7 Ultimate DVD

Windows 7 Ultimate DVD

This DVD of course, is the final release for Windows 7, not the RTM version so I guess I have access to every single functionality for this upcoming OS.

Unfortunately, there was no function to upgrade from Windows 7 Enterprise RTM to Windows 7 Ultimate. As a result, I had to do another clean reformat. If you are asking me why go through the hassle of reformatting, it is worth it because of the addition of premium Windows games! Windows 7 Ultimate also provides users with over 100+ free downloadable games at http://www.microsoft.com/games/playyourgame/

So if you are going to ask me is it worth it or not, I would definitely say yes!

Will be writing so much more on this OS. There is just too much to be reviewed. Stay tuned!

This post is part of the Windows 7 Rock Star Initiative

Windows 7 Rock Star

Windows 7 Rock Star





Hello Windows 7! Goodbye Windows XP…

8 09 2009

Yesterday I have just did a clean reformatting for my Dell Inspiron 1520 notebook to run Microsoft’s upcoming OS, Windows 7. Thanks to MSDN subscriptions, I was able to get a copy for Windows 7 Enterprise on the spot!

After becoming a loyal Windows XP user for 9 years, I have finally decided to change the OS of my choice. I still remember having the same feeling when I wanted to install Vista about 3 years ago. However, that feeling banished once I had problems with slow access, annoying UACs and cluttered interfaces.

So lo and behold, here are screenshots from Windows 7 Enterprise Edition:

Windows 7 Screenshot

Windows 7 Enterprise RTM Screenshot with Aero Peek

The Spanking New Windows 7 Start Menu Bar

The Spanking New Windows 7 Start Menu Bar

My Activated Copy of Windows 7 Enterprise RTM

My Activated Copy of Windows 7 Enterprise RTM

So far, drivers haven’t been an issue. All I did was to download the Windows Vista drivers from Dell’s driver support site and everything seemed to work without a hitch. I have also read that you can even download the dedicated Windows 7 video driver from NVidia’s website to run your notebook’s video card, if your hardware is running on NVidia’s GPU.

In my later posts, I hope to place in some comparisons between my Windows 7 and Windows XP usage. As for developers, do look out for a post where I will try to install all the development tools to check for their compatibility. As for now, I will just enjoy my ‘7th Heaven’ OS.

This post is part of the Windows 7 Rock Star Initiative

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I will be Back Blogging!

3 09 2009

After a month’s hiatus due to my really busy schedule last month, I was unable to spend some time on this blog. However, Derek’s Tech Blog will be coming back with a BANG this month!

Derek is a Windows 7 Rock Star

Derek is a Windows 7 Rock Star

Firstly, I have been selected as a Windows 7 Rock Star to blog regarding my experiences with Windows 7. As a result, I am now waiting for my final copy of Windows 7 to be sent to me for everyday use. Do look out for a twice a week posting on my experience with Windows 7 in the coming month!

Secondly, I would also be doing reviews on several software and websites. I currently owe 2 reviews for a music software and a cable selling company ever since July! I would like to sincerely apologize for the delay… Watch out for the 2 reviews to be published soon as well.

Hold your horses and I will be right back with more on tech!