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Hi all, Mike Nash here live from the Professional Developers Conference.
Today we are unveiling Windows 7 to the world here at the PDC taking place in Los Angeles this week. I am excited to be bringing you this news in the very first post on our brand new Windows 7 Team Blog here on The Windows Blog website. Here, we will focus on delivering to you all the important Windows 7 news and announcements. I look forward to utilizing this blog as a way to talk to you about Windows 7 in the future.
Windows is the world's most popular software product. With more than a billion customers worldwide, Windows has created an ecosystem of hardware and software developers that continue to offer growing choices and capabilities for consumers and businesses around the world. Because of this, we believe PDC is the perfect place to show off Windows 7 for the first time - in front of thousands of developers anxious to start taking advantage of the new advancements in Windows 7.
Windows 7 will build on the substantial investments the company has made in the fundamentals with Windows Vista - improving security, reliability and performance while improving security features that people expect. Windows 7 is designed to be compatible with the same hardware, applications, and device drivers as Windows Vista today.
Windows 7 will offer improved navigation, a new taskbar and a streamlined UI so that common tasks done in Windows are done easier and more quickly. You will be able to share data to all your PCs and devices in your home network or at work. With Windows 7 + Windows Live, you will be able to stay connected to the people that matter to you, and with Internet Explorer 8 you will get a faster, safer, more productive Web experience.
Along with Touch Gestures and Device Stage, Windows 7 enables you to get more out of your devices including the ones you use most often like your digital cameras, mobile phones and printers. Windows 7 makes it easier to use networked media devices to play music, watch videos, and display photos that are on your Windows PC.
And Windows 7 will offer more options than ever to customize and personalize your Windows PC with styles that match your personality.
Windows 7 is being designed to be a solid platform for developers so that they can enable next-generation solutions for Windows. Developers can be more productive and offer new capabilities to their applications utilizing new API's in Windows 7. Here at the PDC, we are delivering the first pre-beta of Windows 7 to developers. This was the first developer release of Windows in recent history to be API-complete when first delivered.
The next phase for the development team is getting to beta. For Windows 7 this will be a feature complete beta and we expect that to be available to customers in early 2009. Feature complete means that we will not be adding any new features once we get to beta (since they are all there) but will instead focus on fixing bugs that we find in our testing and in feedback that customers give us. By being API complete now and feature complete at the beta, we will also make it easier for our ecosystem partners to builds solutions for Windows 7. Watch this blog or www.microsoft.com/windows for information about how to get the beta when it's available.
Mike wish I was there. When it come to the beta, I just hope Microsoft is more open to suggestions then they were in Vista, IE 7 and now very much so in IE 8. That's my only request, be more open to request or suggestion.
Hey I was the first one to comment on the first post on Windows 7.
Blah blah blah... Windows 7 needs to be a stripped down battle-axe, period.
Is there going to be a beta/ctp soon?
I hope this is only released as a 64-bit OS!! 32-bit...why. The hardware has moved beyond 32-bit OS builds. It is time for MS to force the hand of software companies into improving their own software packages as well.
I just want it to work
Will Windows 7 fully support wide colour gamut LCD monitors? I mean on OS level.
Loved the stuff unveiled today - thanks for the great, and hard work.
Can I just make ONE request: it's driving me *insane* that in Windows Vista, and I'm told it's currently not any different in the current builds of 7:
In the start menu - can you PLEASE add the option to have the DOWNLOAD folder accessible?! whenever i download stuff it ends in there - not documents , photos or music. goignt though <user name> is just really irritating! Indeed, i'd go as far to say that Music is almost pointless to me - for i access those files in WMP.
If Microsoft does NOTHING else but this to 7, i will be happy! I love the rest of Vista, and I'm delighted by the new stuff in 7. I realise this may be an odd request, but my request went unheard during the Vista beta, and it's driven me insane ever since!
PLEASE PLEASE!!! Windows 7 Developers, please have normal people test your software out first! Normal people are sophisticated now, but they're still not developers. Being a developer myself, I've found that developers have a poor sense of "normal user interaction."
Also.... things I'd like to see.
1. Mechanism for feedback and suggestion to the Windows Dev. Team
2. A way to check my network IP from the taskbar. XP had it, but Vista did not.... soooooooo annoying.
3. A way to force my computer to prioritize my cable LAN network instead of my 1-bar crappy wireless connection (if it sees both, it likes to pick the weaker one)
4. Revert the windows picture viewer. New zoom is sooo bad. So hard to zoom. Can't even animate animated gifs.
5. Revert the windows sound recorder. Older one looked worse but worked better.
6. Make it so that the Process Viewer categorizes things.... put windows processes insid the group "windows" processes and external processes as external. So that I don't accidentally kill a windows process with strange names.
7. Also, fix the default file list view. Why do all files have sort by "Rating" but Type is defaulted to hidden. Often, I know the file type. MOST of my files have NO rating. Why is there even a rating system?!?!? Type is primary, rating is secondary.
8. I like how the new windows menu are simplistic. Love it. Kinda annoying how I can't customize my office toolbars anymore, but it's ok. The enhanced menus make up for the lack of customization.
9. Rule of thumb: defaults are what people usually go with for the life of the PC. Please make intelligent decisions on your defaults. Example: defaulting to annoying security popups is probably a bad thing. Need a checkbox (don't notify me again).
10. I like the new tablet features, but they're bulky in memory. Slows down a tablet and overheats the machine. Tablet functionality could use a diet.
I'm really curious how MS will spin the new OS to customers who already paid to upgrade to Vista, or bought a computer with Vista pre-loaded.
I'm also curious to see how customer's memory of Vista problems affects Windows 7. (Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me.)
Is it possible to make the whole window transparent? That's something that I was expecting in Vista when they hyped up the Aero Glass interface. When I'm looking at my pictures folder, having the background be transparent would create a much greater focus on the objects in the folder, which I believe is how Microsoft advertised the usefulness of Aero. I don't know if that would create an undo hog of resources, but at least maybe an option people can do? That'd really be something to show off to those sticking with XP.
Well, I hope they maintain the backwards compatibility. They need to allow real adminstrator rights on a computer for a user to remove all those nags about "ARE you sure" etc..
Alot of people having a computer program being condescending to them. The front door of a building should be locked but not every room in the house as is in windows vista. Go after these damn dark force hackers so the white knight hackers don't have to save the day all time. As technology becomes more advanced people are less and less technologically inclined to learn something new. There is a shocking lack of computer literacy in society. Maybe these corporations should provide free tutorials with every copy of a new operating system.
This a super sophiticated typewriter. All children and users on computer have provided a typing tutorial with every new computer. When I had to learn how to type I took a typing class. Today too many people are one finger typists.
The news on Windows 7 is great but I'd like to see a clear upgrade path defined for users who have invested in Vista, especially small business owners who have taken the leap to fully enable their system and make the transition to Server 2008 and Vista Business. We just did that in Summer of 2008 and here we are a new version of Windows available in "Early 2009".... what exactly is Microsoft going to do for me to protect and extend my investment?
I think Windows 7 will really iron out Vista's irritants. When is the public beta planned to be released / December 2008?
It would be interesting to see how Microsoft tries to tell customers who have bought or paid to upgrade to Vista, to pay again for Windows 7, so soon.
@William Dowell ^ www.winvistaclub.com/t52.html may interest you if you want to add the Downloads folder to your Vista Start Menu.
From what I have seen/heard/read so far I'd like to compliment you lot on the improvements. They actually seem to be improvements.
Faster, more intuitive, easier to use. All sounds too good to be true. Please make sure it's not ;)
How about me find a new system not involving a registry system so easily fooled and start-up folders? why? along with all the other start up methods. They feed backdoors and spyware/adware. All the other complaints of these people are just because they are lazy or dont know the actualy fuctions of Vista. You can view IP easily or just type in command in task man and get it. Also the pross mon does catagorize things click the top above the list box to do it. P.S. Linux beryl is a great place to copy ideas and functionality I like it lol.
Windows 7 looks interesting, but I feel somewhat slighted that I chose Vista (over XP) for my new laptop last year only to now learn that my hard-earned money was invested in an operating system that is doomed to be replaced within a scant couple of years. Please, I had faith in Microsoft's Vista, as did a lot of other people. Now the company is going to reward people like me by moving on to another operating system? How long will it be before you drop support for Vista?
This reminds me of the time a few years ago when I purchased a laptop pre-installed with Windows ME. That turned out to be a bad decision, as that ship was already sinking. Now, with Vista, I feel that I've spent a lot of money on a ticket for another OS Titanic.
I only hope Microsoft offers us Vista users a cheap upgrade.
it seems like they're just trying to copy Mac......its desktop looks similar to that.....get sum better ideas of ur own
I beta tested Vista and stayed with XP. I didn't like the UAC. A virus/firewall program with a hard-firewall router and antispyware; Vista's UAC threw me into security GAG mode. I did upgrade to Office 2007 hoping they could relax a bit. I'm thinking they have - reading about Win7. Aero was excellent on Vista but, like I've read, my machine became noticeably slower - can't do slower - not with 3.2g cpu, 2g ram & GT6600 VidCard.
One main concern I have is - can I upgrade smoothly? Vista preformed best on my machine under fresh install - upgrading threw Vista into complete screwy mode; F'n stupid my having to reinstall everything I own. I have the sinking feeling I'll have to GAG this one down if I commit to Win7.
Will beta Win7 in hopes of upgrading.
Current owners of Authentic Vista should be given a discount for the new operating system. I don't know how this will work, but that is all I'll ever want.
And the new operating should be more original, instead of copying(seems like they are copying) others.
I'm ready to test this puppy out! I've beta tested every OS except Vista and every IE since IE3. I can't wait to see what's next!
Windows 7 has already been released on the web here. the version viewed at PDC2008 is available through here.
It sure seems like Windows 7 is going to be a winner and Microsoft is doing a lot of things correctly so far.
One thing, as noted by a few above, that needs to be remedied as soon as possible is the upgrade path for those of us who were loyal enough customers to buy Vista Business or Ultimate. Honestly, the upgrade path for Ultimate users should be minimal in expense.
Personally, I was going to purchase more computers loaded with Vista Business/Ultimate but I'm wondering why I should spend the extra coin if I'm going to get hosed in the end.
WINDOWS 7 is AWESOME!!!!!
Hello. I like what i see about Windows 7. Most of comments are nice. But i guess now, in the tradition of Microsoft you will go to whiteboard and start messing things up. Hope not, but i think that's what is going to be. And in the end we will need a supercalifragilistic PC with tons of ram and an unknown processor and of course only working with a SSD. Done here.
As for what i would like to see in windows 7, i think i want to use my cellphone/pda in it. Like plug it in and make calls with my computer. Or better if someone invents a slot for SIM card and then you can use computer, preferably laptop in making direct calls. It will be really something to have a small laptop (eeePC like)with bluetooth and SIM card. The base for this statement is not to have Windows Mobile. It's restrictive in many ways.
sou amante de pc e gostaria de receber windows7 para teste
i want to try it and work to help devaloper to fix proplems
WHAT???? I was just looking to buy another laptop with XP because Vista is always screwing up. It doesn't like the Sony creative software (Vegas, AudioStudio, etc.). In fact, there is very little software that I use that Vista runs smoothly. It freezes for no apparent reason, gives error messages, and questions my every attempt to do anything on it. Will Win7 be any better?
Sure, Vista has a lot of cool things but they get over-shadowed by all the other annoyances. But, I'm like the other people... why should I trust another new OS when the one they just released still has too many bugs. Hey Microsoft, how about a FREE upgrade for all the folks you've duped with Vista?!?
You need to modify the behavior of window focus in Windows. Too many times I have clicked an app to front focus, started typing only for another window that I already pushed back to jump to front focus again. This is not good. Many times I may even accidentally type data into the wrong window or select a button in a dialog box because of this behaviour. The Mac seems to have this right, so look at copying the Mac for the implementation of windows manager focus.
Thx and I love Windows, BTW!
I dont care what it will be called I just want it to work right and not have differant ver right of the bat like home and media and bussiness and pro all with higher prices. give ma a good secure os at a resonable prices since i own 6 computer dont make me sell my first born to put the os on all of them. One feature i would realy like to see is a 4 or 6 pane explorer box ( LIKE the old power desk had) and easy diag and maintance tools dont make me dig for it
I have seen the videos
it is amazing and really goodd.i thinkg it will tear out all the bugs in the vista. how can we get one test copy
windows vista kernel based...
i dont think there r that mch diffrence in looks and functionality...
abit diff in internet explorer, media player...
I have read reports in the past saying that the next Operating System wouldn't be until 2010 or 2011 and Vista was going to be so great that it would fill that void and make people happy until then. I also heard that the 2010/2011 OS would be completely new and revolutionary. Now, there is talk of a beta early 2009, which means a Q3 or Q4 release of Windows 7? The way I see this is that Vista flopped big time and now Microsoft is changing their plans to put out an OS that fixes all things wrong with Vista. Basically, Windows 7 will be to Vista what Windows 98 SE was to Windows 98. Well, I guess this means that Microsoft is admitting to it's blunder with Vista. However, I have invested a lot in Vista, so this kinda pisses me off. Already, this brand new OS is being replaced by something far better. Vista is buggy and bloated as heck. Users should not be punished for this. We invest our hard earned dollars into Vista and already the end of life is near. All I can say, all Vista users should get a free upgrade to Windows 7, or a very specially reduced offer for it. I think Windows 98 SE was a $30 disk that you get to upgrade the first Win 98. If we don't get our free upgrades, then Microsoft would have really have screwed over it's customers. I for one will not invest in a new OS, when we were promised something much better than what we got.
I heard Address Space Load Randomization (ASLR) causing some trouble with 3rd party solutions. Was ASLR built to support only MS?
Well hopefully Windows 7 will be 32bit and 64bit if it can be made to perform well with the limitations of a avearage 32bit system... if not then, it should be 64bit only.
If that is the case though please make Office 2002/2003 work on the 64 bit OS, at least Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Otherwise you leave IT deparments with another reason not to upgrade till Windows 7 SP1.
WELL,it looks like Vista,so,can Vista users to upgrade Windows 7？
I am very confident with a major update of Windows Vista as a new version but I hope that Microsoft doesn´t start with a new project after Windows 7 because you can´t start with a new operation system from the scratch over and over. They have created the major core with Windows Vista and it is time to make it better and better. I believe they can do it, but I also know that Microsoft has chiefs who don´t have any idea what the normal Windows user is looking for.
It's (Win7) is very very fresh!
Please cool drink!
I used it, it's very fast & intelligent to run of tasks.
for an example: open ImageReady CS in 3Sec!
or Copy 2.5GB ISO image form Drive2Drive in 68Sec!
Will Windows 7 be backward compatible? I will not buy a computer with Vista because most of my software programs and games will not run on Vista.
This compatibility is crucial to me. Make sure all my current XP Pro computer software programs and games will run perfectly on Windows 7 and I will be sold.
Check the look of new windows 7 and get the latest wallpapers, screen shots and details of windows 7 at new-windows7.blogspot.com
I really hope it improve a lot more than the original windows vista and well yes so far i ahve seen a incredible OS but microsoft should be creating new OS every two weeks people can not be formating their PCs and starting a whole new Os just from the scratch
I see windows 7 as the ultimate in windows platforms.
Being a next generation OS no doubt it will meet a lot of needs in the IT world as it obyainable today.
It is going to fun and serious hard combined.
It' s rugged and flexible nature, fast boot and shutdown makes it a complete unrivaled OS platform to work with.
Being a next generation OS no doubt it will meet a lot of needs in the IT world as it obtainable today.
It is going to be fun and serious hard work combined creating a mixed feeling within the end user.
I really never had a blue screen on Vista.
It took me 5 minutes to get one on Windows 7
can any one tell me the exact date for the final version of this windows release?
i want it to work where can i find it
i want to work with how can we get a test copy of it
Please change colours of taskbar no more 3rd party skinsssssssss
I have been runing windows 7 for 3days now and it it great and i am runing nero 9 and it is runing fine with windows 7
Windows 7 should be made more modular, sorta like linux. I just hate how my computer uses 1 GB of RAM doing nothing. I have to go into the services and shutdown services that my desktop will never use. I don't need Wireless and VPN services running on my desktop just to open email, or play a game.
Read your review of Windows 7. very insightful and i am looking forward to get the hands on the Windwows 7 beta.
question - did you have an opportunity to play around with Windows 7 backup and recovery software? how does it compare with Windows Vista? better/worse, easy to use? would love to hear your thoughts!
they need to add XP color skems like silver
This is great news for XP users and Bad news for Vista users who spent a lot of money just to run the OS. I like Vista and never had problem with it. The question now is will Microsoft offer some kind of promotion discount for Windows Vista users or even offer free upgrade for user of Vista ultimate version for a limited time.
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Isomedia failed to resolve
Comcast has numerous complaints
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I can't wait.
is its possible to have a beta version
As a network administrator we chose not to upgrade to Vista due to the "dumbed" down interface, the lack of backwards compatability for profiles/ Group Policies and the over the top security which makes it difficult to accomplish anything.
I have high hopes that Microsoft has learned its lesson with Windows 7 and designed a OS with it's Network Admins in mind and not just home users.
The pretty GUI is all well and great for home users. However, the settings don't roam/redirect it cannot be used in a network anyway (gadgets don't roam in Vista).
For me the key things that I need changed from Vista are:
1> Please put back the File Types tab. It is necessary. The Default Programs app is defunct and does not modify the registry correctly nor does it allow you to add file types.
2> Please remove the multiple windows required to change security. If I go to the tab I don't need to click "yes I am sure 3x" before being able to make one security change.
3> Please provide backwards compatability for profiles. It made FAR more sense to have all the profiles located in ONE folder like 2000/XP then spread all over the Harddrive like Vista (All Users Desktop in different location from All Users Start Menu). Also I could logon with NT profiles to XP but not XP profiles to Vista? Now I have to duplicate hundreds of profiles to support Vista.
4> Font Directory doesn't let you set file security on the tab.
5> Please put LOGOFF back onto the Start Bar. This is how my users logoff. I don't want them shutting down the machine or sending it to sleep.
6> Last but not least - Please put My Documents back ON the desktop instead of entire Users Folder. Users have mandatory roaming profiles and have no save access to their profiles folders. Therefore everything they save in there gets DELETED on logoff. Folder Redirection doesn't work properly.
Overall Vista is clunky because it takes on average 3 clicks to do something that took 1 click in XP. It is no wonder people are switching to Mac.
I am a PC Girl - Please fix Windows 7.
My new company has lots of IT problems, buggy software, a desperate need to upgrade its systems to the latest and greatest. Heck the IT department still runs XP, but lets everyone run as administrator...its a mess, I cant wait for Windows 7 as it may be what the company needs to justify upgrading its systems. Theres only 30-40 people in the company so it may happen, I can dream!
Cant wait for the new version of Office, Office 2007 is good, but there are features from 2003 that I miss, heck I even have Microsoft PhotoEditor from Office XP installed on my machine because that has features that newer versions lack!
The end of an era...
Excellent will be waiting...
Have one question will the beta become available for MSDN subscribers automatically?
i saw the videos from PDC2008 and was impressed how you managed to improve the taskbar...
but i'm tired of it (not the buttons and the icons from system tray, but the bar)...
it occupies space for nothing (i'm not clicking left or right mouse button on the bar)...
i would rather see my desktop and my wallpaper widescreen...
i would prefer using only the buttons or icons from desktop which give me oportunity to move them all over i want on desktop (it would be quite wonderfull to move the start button and the clock from system tray over the entire desktop)...
furthermore, even the concept of the taskbar, isn't like a black spot on the name of Microsoft's OS?...doesn't have to be only about windows (and tabs)?...
i endured the taskbar because i was a beginner in what ment using an OS and didn't know what i wanted from it...but now i think i grown up along side the new technologies...
destroy the bar, i want to visualise the windows widescreen
I think Windows 7 will be something much better than Windows Vista .., Its performace much be faster than vista even by using 512 mb or 1 gb Ram, It should be capable of working even in old processors like P4 .., and much better than vista. I saw the video of Windows 7 in some site ., it has touch screen in , I want it to release soon ...., Thank You . Ashwin
I beta tested Windows XP , Vista , now am looking foward to Windows 7 , looking at the comments it looks like its going to be a winner .
Is it possible to make the Dreamscene motion desktop work in the upcoming beta release. I've tried different istall methods on build 6801. only to mess up the themecpl.dll for loading. So I would like the option to continue using it. Other than that, You guys are on the right track! Very nice features I found on it while testing. and everything seems to work so far.
IE8 is currently a short coming for Windows 7. Unless it is ran in compatability mode, it will freeze in many cases. Media player 12 does not work with CMT Music listening party, fails to play anything. Overall comparfed to Vista I like the feel of this version.
I disagree with cybogod, I love the taskbar. Each to their own I guess.
For me Windows should have the goal of being as customizable as possible so you can use your computer the way you want to, and not just Windows but IE aswell, ditto Office.
That way if people like shortcuts and context menus they can customise themselves thats great.
Couldnt live without the taskbar, I just like it!
Came from MAC, returns to MAC :( To be honest, i want a real Windows experience for my pc, not a mac clone. In fact, from the Vista, MS takes it with only the fashion, but they did not realize we PC users, do not want any fashionable desktops. Just make a stable system with speed (with dual core 1000 and 100 gb of ram, every system gets Fast), pure using and compability as your really BEST version Windows 98. I saw and tested the new version 7 and i really hated it. If MS continued their support for Win 98, i'd never upgrade to XP, Vista or etc :( Regards...
Just found some screenshots of Windows 7 on ZDnet. Screenshots are great. I want to test the beta releases.
After using Windows for several days it is Vista improved, but it is still Vista. Windows 7 still carries on the locking up of the UI, can't move the menu, address bar, tool bar, this stance started with Vista/Longhorn ver 4074 and carries on to this day. Four years of the same complaints and still no end in sight..... I'm not being negative here I'm just stating a simple fact. Microsoft still has not given back that aspect, IE 8 is the same. I would just like to know why? For the life of me I can't figure out how it would undermine Microsoft or Windows or even IE 7 or 8 to give back that ability. Over in the IE 8 blog the state that only 20% of the users move the tool bars around. Only 20%? If Microsoft stock dropped 20% they be having kittens, If they cut Steve Ballmer's pay by 20% I think he be upset. Mike lets see over billion customers so that makes over 200million people... never mind Mr Ballmer, "tear down this wall!"
I am a regular person who has had a home computer since 1982. Over the years I have learned that two features matter more than anything else - stability and backward compatability. I am stuck on Vista 32 because 64 will not run legacy software. Please get it right with Windows 7. I hate buying new software so I can open files and resave them in next generation format, especially when it is within the MicroSoft software family.
So people are much excited about Windows 7.This is the proof that Windows is simply the best OS (except Security).
Windows Vista is the most secure OS from Microsoft till date.I am using Vista since last 1 year without any security flaw!.I do not know why people say Vista is slow?I am using AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.7 GHz and Asus M2N MX SE Plus motherboard with 1GB DDR2 800MHz Zion RAM and Believe me my PC runs much better and faster than Windows XP.
I am presently testing Windows 7 Beta on my PC.Windows 7 runs better than Vista but there are some bugs(I know it is beta release) like broadband disconnection after few hours or during heavy files downloads.UAC is now better and less annoying than Vista.Not a drastic change in GUI than in Vista.
Windows 7 has better hardware support than in its Beta release.You can check it from the fact if you have 1GB RAM then Windows Vista will show less than 1GB unless you install Vista SP1.Windows 7 Beta shows the exact amount of Physical RAM.
Windows 7 is still in beta stage so we can expect great improvements up to Final release.
Here are the few but important suggestion to Windows 7
Development team :
1. Give extra emphasis on Windows 7 Kernel security.
Vista kernel security is much better than XP.Make Windows 7 Kernel better than Vista then i am sure it will be comparable to Linux security.
2.Better Networking Mechanism is expected in Windows 7.In Vista it is a bit better than Windows 7 Beta.
3.I would appreciate if u add Pause button while Copying and Moving data.
4.Learn from the past threats in previous Windows and also the Best Points from the Competitor OS like Linux and Mac.
Windows will always be the most widely used OS in the world irrespective of what other OS do to undermine the Windows 7.
Kudos and best wishes to Windows 7 team.
I have one suggestion that would make a difference on the desktop aspect. Is there any way that windows 7 can support svg wallpapers?
I can't wait to try it
i m really excited about windows 7. since i got vista preloaded on my laptop, i have got used to it and even feels uncomfortable when using xp. i use vista ultimate. i have a query that if i install windows 7 prebeta build 6801 on my laptop which is compaq presario v6211au, will the vista compatible drivers be compatible with the prebeta??? plz help me b'coz, if it is so, then i would definitely download the prebeta from torrent and install it for trial.plz reply.. b'coz i'm very eager to install it.
I wonder what the defualt wallpaper will look like...they've exhausted the current blue one...which was very stylistic and fresh so I wonder...
I HOPE, WINDOWS 7 STABILISES MUCH BETTER AS
COMPARED TO WINDOWS VISTA.
Please make it Perfect to let us enjoy that much , ummm , anyway , Microsoft Still in Top .
hey mate can i be a beta tester i will install lots of application to see if they are compatible and i will also find bugs and maybe code programs for it my email is email@example.com
Ok here goes who else feels like microsoft is just ripping everyone off they release vista with all its problems and two years later kapow they are now talking about windows 7 release
it seems that one os after another (95/98/2000) all with a life of three or less years are thrown at the public with increased cost to the user and because they can't get the problems fixed and apple releases a better more stable and virus, malware, bug free os now mirosoft send yet one more half assed attempt to line the pockets of gates to the world and expect the public to pay hundreds of dollars more for another os that will not work as they promise (windows 7) and last 2-3 years i think that people should now be thinking about sending a message to microsoft and telling them enough is enough stop ripping off the public or we will take our money and next time invest in a better fat cat (leopard) and buy a computer with an apple on the front saying once and forever to miocrosoft goodbye
kiss my butt microsoft
send a free copy to everyone you ripped off
I am in the process of building a new computer and would love to beta test Windows 7 on it when I get it finished. My current network hub is a AMD sempron 3100 + with 2 gigs of ram and 1.20 TB of storage which I am finding very useful. But my new system will be a AMD 64 with 4 gigs of ram and with 2 TB of storage internal and 4 TB external which will give me a total of 6 TB of storage. And I will put a 1 gig nvidia g-force video card it it as well which seems to work extreamly well with Vista Ultimate. When I beta tested windows vista, It was a new and exciting experience that I was glad to be a part of.
where can i aquire a copy of windows 7?
i beta tested vista code named "long horn"
and ild love to give this a try.. thanks!
I am interested in testing the next beta version of windows 7.
I was a beta tester for windows vista.
i think that vista haven't take it's place in all factories or home users so why another new windows unless vista haven't been used for all users or as the windows xp have been used at last i wish a good job and a good edition of windows 7 :D:D
For those of you who would like to enable the new start bar in windows 7 try the following link.
As far as my opinion on the new start bar, it has a lot of potential. Hopefully Microsoft will allow users a choice between the two when the RTM comes out. My only gripe about the new start bar is it is too wide for the resolution that I use. Would love to see an option to allow users to re size and use smaller Icons. Would also like to see the ability to un-group the running programs. Basically, Options Microsoft Options, still can't figure out why Microsoft feels as though it must dictate on how to use a computer. It's the Megalomania factor with Microsoft when it come to user choice, it's we will tell you what you like....
I've stay with XP, waiting for Windows 7. Never wanted Vista but I wander if W7 will be able to work with the same hardware that works with XP. I sure hope so.... Right now it looks good to me!
My Suggestions and hopes for the future (haha):
1) To customize the Tasks bar in Explorer so I can add/remove functions such as Delete, Paste, Copy, Cut. I NEVER use the Burn function.
2) Tabs. Tabs in Explorer would be great. There's a program you can do it already but why not just implement it by default!?
3) Tooltips. A way to just turn them on or off. I know pretty much what EVERYTHING is. I don't want some tooltip constantly appearing over it wherever I go. The Internet, different programs, email. GRR.
4) Shortcut Arrows. A way to be turned on or off. Obviously at the user's discretion, knowing that seeing a shortcut arrow depicts it from being the actual program.
5) Remember and Lock Windows Positions. If I close a window, and open it again, or minimize it and open another explorer window, to have it open in the exact same place, size and position on the screen as the other, regardless the location.
6) Hide or Show Icon Text on the desktop. I know what the program is. I don't need the text underneath to tell me. This then looks prettier. Currently, I do the little Alt+255 trick. But still...
7) History in the Search Bar inside the start menu. Just like in IE. So if I click the far right edge or whatever, a drop down list of previously typed items appears so I don't have to retype them or something. I don't know. Kind of redundent opposed to just making shorcuts in the start menu somehow but I mean, just yet more flexibility for people that think of it!
I know they've mentioned it and have stated many different things about it for Windows 7...
8) But I'm hoping for improved aesthetics for High DPI. I actually love upping the DPI one level to 124 but too many different features are distorted which kind of ruins the experience. So I hope that will be worked on which I believe is.
Hi Mike... saw your blog post... also i saw video of PDC2008 in which shows the Windows7 running in a tablet PC. I also saw the Pre-Beta release build snapshots too. Can't forget to say it AWESOME!!! as far as i know from Articles, Microsoft official forums and discussions, i'm happy to know that Windows7 Runs faster and smoother than Vista.., which i saw failed to run smoothly in some machines. Also vista slowed up many systems having 1 Gigs of RAM and mainly it was criticized of eating large amount of RAM even not-in-use. Also its UAC, which is a new feature, and its a great feature but frustating when it prompts for each and every action. I think Microsoft would have a look at these issues and mind to fix it, so the Windows 7 will be far more backward compatible than Vista, and i hope the UAC prompts will be reduced. The new FlatBar is great.. and i just can't wait for it.. Also that will shut the mouths of Appy's who all are shouting that Vista UI is a copy of Mac and all.. now let the children play with Appy Mac.. ;) Great and Brave movement from the side of company to revise the GUI after the Windows 95 release 13years before. Also. as the Microsoft OS is the most popular OS in this world and above 90% in this world uses Windows as their OS, all people are hardly waiting for Windows 7 hoping as it never disappoints users and developers like me. Vista gave a great mountain of hope, but disappointed many of us, the OS improved in security and all, but Memory consumption and non-backward compatibility made the people turn back to XP... Anyway Good Luck to Microsoft Windows7 Team.. i know you'll make it... good day buddies.. great work, move on and i hope maybe 1 day i'll be there in Microsoft for Developing Windows ;)
after 24 hours playing with this OS, i say it`s a step forward, but not a big one
- MS Virtual PC installed - no way to use raspppoe anymore
- security center ( or how is called) is hard to be stop
- UAC - even on the most permissive point it`s stopping different driver installations ( now is not pissing off everybody anymore, but is quietly blocking everything )
- 8-9 Mb/s transfer from internet with max connections open and you get : bad_pool_caller ...
after like 4 blue screens in 10 minutes i`ve returned to Vista Sp1
- the cpu clock drop that is present in Vista is either not active, or set to improve nothing ...maybe that`s the place for the very good of performance felt using it ( at least 20% faster than a Vista Sp1 )
my configuration : Q6660 + 4 Gb Ram + 2 HDD in RAID for max speed
a small suggestion, there are a lot of people that are using copies of Windows 7 and could provide good amount of feedback, ... try to give them the chance, blocking any feedback unless the version is activated can`t help you ...
I don't know if this the right place to post this but a nice to have would be in "Windows 7" an unified way of applications to check, notify and retrieve their updates.
Currently on my XP I get notifications icons for Adobe Acrobat, Java, AntiVirus etc. All of these are adding different notification icons to by taskbar. I could imagine that if somebody has lot of programs he may see 10 or more notification icons at the same time.
So as I see it is somehow to be a single point of notification and update like there is now for windows update but other 3rd party apps can add their notifications and updates through some API.
Please don't go on to the next step in Windows yet! I'm sure that there are far more bugs and incompetence to reveal before leaving Vista behind! I'm also sure that you all haven't spent nearly enough time screwing up this new version before foisting it off on your users. Please! Step up to the plate and hit another home-run in the never-ending quest for the worst software in the Cosmos. I know you can do worse than this. Go for it! I'm thinking that daily critical updates [bug patches] are so 2007! The next version of Windows should have continuous updates! That way no one will be able to get anything at all done. Now there's a goal for you!
how will windows 7 work with games?
i would like to test this when the beta !
vista works with game's in the best part (some need work on thou I.E. FF7 PC, BF2)
Hi Mike this is Syam. First of all i heartfully congrats to ur team work for designing of Windows 7.
I want to download the windows 7. I cant find the s/w. Just tell me the URL to download.
well i think microsoft should let everyone try the windows 7 beta, and let us see it for ourselves, then let us give feed back what needs improved or needs added!
Anyone know of a Webcam that will work on Windows 7 I Tried the Compatibility Feature- no Luck If you can help me out please E-mail me. firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks Roy
What will happen to us folks who have had vista shoved at us with the slow start ups and shut down .......and the driver incompatibilities .....? Is vista another windows ME which was dropped on us like a dose of bad medicine and left us high and dry when XP came out ????? Are you going to make the updates so Vista will automatically and for free become Windows 7 ???? You seem to be pushing Vista Home Premium with the new and referb. PC.'s as if dangling a carrot in front of us to get the last cent out of Vista knowing fool well that something better is in the works. I tell everyone I sell computers to, to buy bare bones Pc's and install XP on it. No fuss no muss and you'll get on ebay twice as fast with the quicker start up times and win that bid you so desperately yearned for. I watch TV and the Mac commercials have it all over the Microsoft ones .......By the way I have programs that can stich pictures that came with my PC that can stitch pictures as well as any Vista Pc and I don't have to do a bunch of clicking to reassure that I am not trying to destroy the computer with user control monitoring. I have a laptop with Vista ..... I've already changed over many of my family member's & friendsPC's to XP ( Licensed of course) and will do mine now. Please stop this dump and run tactic on us consumers ....!!!!!! In this time if economic hard ship and low or no wages ..... most will not tolerate it. Have a great day, Flat
What I would really like to see is a combination of SteadyState, Windows File Protection, UAC, and send a specially coded USB Token required to install ANYTHING in the box with EVERY copy sold. Make it fully integrated and enabled out of the box. Oh and if you can ADD anything to that seemingly perfect Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, PLEASE do it, but don't take anything away!
You had better correct the wrongs done to your users with the Vista Ultimate extras sham. I paid full price the month of the release for that piece of crap. I have since discouraged everyone I know from upgrading to microsoft anything. Throw your vista ultimate users a FREE license to Windows 7 when it comes out and let them preview the beta before then.