I have been running Windows 7 for a few days now & I like it. There are numerous improvements over Vista (which I have used for a few years now) that make the whole experience better. I am running on minimal hardware but the system is responsive enough for what I am trying to do (Office and web). I can have enough office applications open that I can do what I need.
Things I have discovered:
- PowerShell is installed by default but is not immediately obvious where. Look in All programms – Accessories – Windows PowerShell. The version that is installed appears to have a few minor differences compared to CTP3. Nothing major though. And it works.
- The combination of the quick launch tray and the taskbar is good. Keeps the bar tidier. The whole approach to managing open applications is slicker. And it works
- The calculator gets a make over. It now gets Programmer and Statistics Modes options added. Very useful. Guess what – it works.
- UAC is much less intrusive. This is how it should work.
- I do like the sticky note applet. Reminds me of the similar app I used on OS/2.
- Oh – and there are some really good pictures for the desktop background.
- Office 2007 installs and works. The Windows Live apps install and work.
- My standard AV (AVG 8) installs and works
The bottom line is that it just works which is what I want from an OS. It does its job and lets me get on with what I want to do. When I get a machine with a better spec I will definitely be using Windows 7. I haven’t had any real problems and have found the beta to be really solid