Test Updates for Windows 7 Beta Users

Test Updates for Windows 7 Beta Users

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Starting February 24, we will be releasing up to 5 test updates to PCs running the Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) via Windows Update. These updates allow us to test and verify our ability to deliver and manage the updating of Windows 7. We typically verify servicing scenarios during a beta.

Windows 7 Beta users will be notified that new updates are available beginning February 24 through Windows Update. Even if the user has Windows Update configured for automatic update – these test updates will not install automatically. Users will need to manually install the test updates through Windows Update.

These updates do not deliver new features or bug fixes. The test updates simply replace system files with the same version of the file currently on the system.

For more information, please visit the Microsoft Update blog.

Again, thank you for helping test Windows 7. Your feedback is extremely valuable!

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  • By the way, Great Job on W7!

  • Personally, I don't see what the hype is all about. I'm an IT student at a trade school herein Florida, and I've worked with numerous different OS's. I've liked some and hated some, but regardless of such, nothing stays the same. IT is all about moving forward and developing faster and higher performing technology. In the process, we have to make it look good as well. Despite this, there's still all the hype out there that new OS's are comign out. Here's a quick fix for Microsoft concerening this "problem": Why not have a program installed either through the BIOS, or through a set program, in which the user can change the look and feel of his OS, regardless of whether it's 2000, XP, Vista, &, etc.? By doing this, the people will stop slaying your hard work. It obviously can't be too hard, as I have played multiple games, in which the developers have improved the game, yet they give you an option that you can choose at anytime to be able to go back and forth between the new and old versions. And for all you complainers out there, why not get up and do something about something you don't like, rather than sit at the computer complaing about what you don't like. It takes one man to stand up to a bully, it takes the world to stand up against terrorism!

  • I used Windows 7 om a O/S that was upgraded from XP to vista. after install of course it was a task to load ne drivers and update key software, however that comes with every new O/S. The Bata is a great it was what vista should have been in the first place. Once all drivers are updated to support Win 7 I believe it will catch on quick but seen more as a upgrade rather than a new awe inspiring O/S. I did have difficultly with the O/S over all being slow even with a terabyte sata drive. I think the main issue was the processor speed, I think Win 7 will work best if ran on a prosser above a Pentium 4 HT 2.8 processor. with a least 2 gigs of ram.

  • Wow I just went back briefly to Vista, I always do a clean install on a spare partition to make sure I can settle my due's securely with uncle sam every year.  You guys have really improved the UAC significantly from Vista, Windows 7 definitely has significant improvements in this area.  You don't appreciate the changes until you go back to Vista.

  • Samith SL
    53 Posts

    I have Intel D865GSA mother board. Shared VGA of 96MB and a RAM of 2GB. I installed windows7 in my computer. Then "DirectDraw acceleration" , "Direct3D acceleration" and "AGP texture acceleration" are "Not available".

    After I installed "Intel graphics media accelerator" which i found in my motherboard CD, first two options mentions above turn on.

    But then, if I play a video file in any media player the system freezes. I cn't even get task manager at that time. Restaring the computer is the only solution. It freezes when ever video decoding occur.

    IS there a solution......????

  • I love Windows 7, it's faster and easier to use than Windows Vista. I always used Windows XP and I love it, but Windows 7 outstand and even though it's a beta, it works like a final product. It has some bugs but are not important for a conventional user. I look forward the final 7!

  • Hi, Iv seen a lot of blogs regarding Windows 7 builds of 7028/7057 etc. in their computers. I downloaded 7 on 9th January 9th.I stiil have the beta 7000 build. I havent found any Microsoft related builds rather than the 7000. pls explain this.

    and also when the RC is released probably on MAY ;) how am i to upgrade my beta: will it automatically gets updated or do i have to do a fresh installation, and will the download be available to worlwide without limitations ?

  • Photo1921

    thats is so true! bye the way i alsow hate when people are whining about the visuals when they have all the power to change it! especially in windos its the most easy "program" that u cude ever have installed on ur puter! :) (bye the way :again; people if ur new at putering, then if ur puter whode crash allways have another OS installed on another disk so u can save all the work for the companys and money from ur wallet!) byebye from Sweden!:)

  • Well one thing is for shure, in windows 7 the visuals are kind of vista looking, but they have worked a lot whit the visuals that u "dont see" so that i will not take up as mutch space while u using them,.. thats a great thing!=D , so please guys no one whants to hear about u no lifers that dont no shit a bout it!

    Im gone buy Windows7 directly as it come to sweden! i thing its a great lift for windows cause vista was/is not so great if u really like to "play around" ^^., well se ya in the stores fellas!=D byebye regards Sweden!

  • Hello i recently started testing Windows 7 and i think i got the latest one 7xx7 but i had several problemas and i can't report them since i dont have the 'Send Feedback' buttons on the top of windows that i used to have....

    ive had problems wqhen trying to change brightness and colour in windows media player while playing a movie since everything goes stripy

    ive had problems with my sound card.... im using a c-media card and i have 5.1 philips surround sound speakers which worked with XP but now only the 2 side speakers and i think the subwoofer work but not the centre, rear right and rear left speakers...

    my e-mail is: dan777zom777@hotmail.com

    i want to send feedback, so if you can help me... like give me a way of sending feedback (maybe an e-mail or a private link) then i would be so happy to report problems and if you want more info on the ones at the top get in contact

  • Congratulations to Microsoft for paying heed to the P.C. Market......Having reviewed Vista--I was pretty much preparing to migrate my systems here to Apple/Leopard. My issues were..

    a) compatibility with legacy software ( even M.S. versions)

    b) Compatibility with existing hardware

    c) Bulkiness of OS in terms of Memory---both RAM and HD

    d) Quantity and Instability of DLL paths

    f ) Operational Overhead of Graphics systems....

    g) Loadup and boot times....

    I am glad to see Windows 7 appears to have addressed most of the issues above. It appears to boot quickly, has a flexible UI, and with most developers and hardware suppliers now becoming firmly on-board in Vista Type OS drivers, improved hardware and software compatibility.  It is less bulky in terms of software and uses computer resources a lot more.  effeciently.It is also considerable more stable with a more friendly user experience ( much fewer "are you sure" 's ). Though I haven't tested it fully as yet...I am pleased to see the new software allowing me to dive into Computer management cfunctions and compenents a lot more easily....

    I am pleased I will be able to Skip the "Vista" OS cycle entirely with my systems here and migrate directly from XP to Windows 7 come the formal Introduction Of the new OS....which I hope will be soon  

  • WINDOWS 7 NEED TO BE FIX IN ABOUT 1000 THOUSAND WAYS AND ALOT OF THINGS THEY NEED TO GET RID OF I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GET RID OF MY QUICKCAM FOR NO DUM WINDOWS THATS NOT CompatibiL WITH NOTHING AT ALL ..      ANOTHER THING  WINDOWS VISTA ALL THE VERSION IS THE SAME WAY ...   THE PEOPLE THAT WORKS ON THE OS 7 AND ALL THE WINDOWS VISTA OS SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE FIRED  .  NEED TO TAKE IT BACK IN THE DAY WHEN U WAS ABLE TO LOGON ON WITH A PEACE OF MIND INSTEAD U GETTING hasslS .  WITH THE OS AND YALL NEED TO LOOK AT WINDOWS XP PRO AND BE HAPPY ...  THE ONLY REASON WIDOWS VISTA CAME OUT BECAUSE THEY DIDNT HAVE ANYMORE IDEAS TO UPDATE WINDOWS XP PRO ANYMORE..    AND THEN THE CAME OUT WITH THE FAGGY SOFTWARE NAME WINDOWS VISTA THEN HIS BROTHER WINDOWS 7 HE IS JUST A BIGGER DOWN FALL NOT WORK WITH NOTHING  I AM GOING TO DOWNGRADE EVERYBODY COMPUTER TO WINDOWS XP PRO  SO EVERYONE CAN BE HAPPY ..  

  • WINDOWS 7 IS WHACK .  IT WILLL NOT INSTALL NONE OF NORTON PRODUCT OR  MACFEE OR AOTHE AVG PRODUCT ON HERE....          THE DUMMIES THAT WORK FOR MICROSOFT AND BUILD THE OS 7 IS VERY SLOW AND CRAZY  THE BEST VERISON OF WINDOWS WAS WINDOWS XP PRO ..  REASON IT WAS FAST AND MORE reliablY AND DIDNT HAVE TO MANY PRBLEM THAT U CAN FIX ON UR OWN ..     WINDOWS VISTA AND WINDOWS 7   DOESNT HAVE ANY APPEAL TO IT .  ONLY THING IN WINDOW 7 THAT LOOKS NICE IS THE WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER 12  NOW THATS NICE .  WHAT THE NEED TO DO THE PEOPLE THAT WORK ON WINDOWS XP PRO THEY NEED TO REWRITE IT BETTER THEN WINDOWS XP PRO  BUT SNECE THEY CAN  I THINK EVERYONE I KNOW ABOUT 200 HUNDER PEOPLE WILL STICK WITH WINDOWS XP PRO AND BE VISTA FREE WITH KNOW ISSUE ....    ALL THE REST OF UR SUCK ER WILL BE STUCK WITH WINDOWS VISTA AND WNDOWS 7  THEY CAN'T EVEN GET NOTRON OR AVG OR MACFEE INSTALL ON WINDOWS 7 AT ALL NOT THAT SUCKS   BAD OS SYSTEM

  • @TwoShoes,

    Are you using the Windows or a manufacturer driver?

    When I installed the ATI-specific driver for my video card I could only run 800X600 and even the recommended 1024X768 wouldn't work correctly. I got a lot of screen tearing and discoloration when trying to use other resolutions. Most resolutions would just show me a blue screen until the confirmation timer ran out and reverted back to 800X600.

    After going back to the Windows driver, everything worked correctly. In this case, I blame the preview ATI driver for my problems.

  • TwoShoes,

    You could try updating your BIOS, then check your BIOS settings are correct e.g. set to onboard vs AGP or PCI graphics.

    If you do have an external graphics card make sure its seated correctly.

    Usually its the chipset and graphics card driver problem, but it could be a hardware or BIOS problem.

    If you did an upgrade install try a clean install after backing up your files.

  • Currently running the Windows 7 Beta on a GX270 Workstation and cannot change the display settings from 640 x 480.  If i do try and adjust it to anything higher, the resolution appearance is very poor.  Based on other site feedback, tried running XP and Vista x32 Chipset and Display Driver updates with no success.  Anyone else run into the same issue or have ideas for a resolution?

  • Test Updates didn't work on my computer on my 32 bit install - I figure it was down to the Beta drivers I had loaded for my Intel chipset (intel_inf_9101013beta) as when re-booting the boot process just died, and I couldn't even boot up from a Vista Recovery Disk. When I ran diagnostics I received an error message  stating my hard drive was corrupted/damaged.

    Ended up booting from a 64 bit disk (it took 1 hour to get through the start of the re-load process!) before I had a workable laptop again

    And has it dimmed my experience of Win 7 Beta?

    Not a bit! Even as a beta, this is the OS Vista should have been

  • I love the new Show Desktop icon in Windows 7, I like that it allows you to Preview the Desktop if desired, and that it can't be moved and deleted like the previous Show Desktop in older versions of Windows.

    However I second that I would like the ability to move it to the left or some other place on the taskbar.

  • I restarted my computer yesterday and the updates completed installation. When the computer rebooted, I located the Test updates in Windows Update History. It was a flawless test for my machine.

    On another note: Allow users to choose where the "Show Desktop" icon sits on the taskbar. In both Vista & XP the icon is on the left. I would prefer it sit to the left of the Start Menu Icon. I've actually just switched to using Win + Space to show the desktop instead because that button seems so far away now. -- Don't worry, I've submitted this concern through "Send Feedback"

  • fuchueh
    21 Posts

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    Suggestion:

    www.windows7taskforce.com/.../1540

    Add customize every icon size by user.

    size range: 8x8 ~ 256x256

    Of course, this will not influence original function.

    It is very practical. You can customize your desktop commonly-used icon size.

    It can let the desktop be easier to work.

    look screenshot:

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../385970

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../385977

    download:

    www.badongo.com/.../13595572

    What I'd like to see is a view mode (in addition to the current icons, tiles, details, list etc) that would dynamically resize each icon based on its popularity (ie. number of times clicked). This basic idea is the same as a tag cloud:

    en.wikipedia.org/.../Tag_cloud

    The Start Menu already tracks your most recently used shortcuts (apparently incorporating the popularity of the program as well, to some extent), so extending that feature to be systemwide shouldn't be too difficult.

    This has myriad uses. You could use it in Windows Explorer, making documents you open most often larger and thus easier to target. You could use it on the desktop, making your most popular shortcuts larger. It could be incorporated into other programs, like Media Player and Media Center (resize album art based on number of times played), as well as 3rd party products.

  • The updates as desired by the windows team are failing to install.

    The windows update notification keeps propping up, have tried three times since last night.

  • Morei7
    1 Posts

    Disabling screen dim function.

    My Samsung NC-10 notebook screens dims every minute while I'm doing a video conference on Live Messenger, I had to keep touching the touchpad.. (All power settings including high-performance).

    I think earlier there was a control to set the brightness/dimming options in the power settings panel, but it seems to be removed. I like it back.

    I haven't tried but I heard screen also dims while watching movies,etc due to inactivity.

  • dhaval
    6 Posts

    can anybody tell me when'll I get updates for my GMA 900 ?

  • Bioran
    9 Posts

    I've installed the test updates also, along with all the other updates available, and 7 is running as smoothly as ever.

    Great job with the PR and Windows experience, and keep up with the great job!

  • oldguy28
    13 Posts

    I installed the test updates. Everything went great. Worked great before and still does. The only problem I had with Windows 7 is it could not find my Nvidia onboard network. I went out and bought an Intel. Everything works great now. I have been running Windows 7 on a different tray hard drive since the first day of downloads. I tryed all kinds of trial software and free stuff I could find. I can't make it hiccup.

    Vista I did the same it hiccuped maybe twice. Once I had to do a fresh install. Windows 7 rocks. Keep up the good work.

    Tom J.

  • Well I installed some updates for my machine, according to my Update History 2 of those were marked as test updates:

    Test Update for Windows 7 Beta (KB967540)

    Test Update for Windows 7 Beta (KB967355)

    The updates installed fine, Windows 7 was running great before the updates and is still running great.

  • I agree that that there should be unlimited growth available for customizing Windows the way the user wants it. However, a lot of people who complain about the new UI are just stubborn. They are used to how things were and are afraid to move forward to something different.

    Vista and Win7 are still very similar to XP, but are obvious successors. My wife refused to switch to Vista until she was forced to when her laptop gave out on her and I bought her a new one. Sure, I could have put XP back on the new machine and comforted her, but I asked her to just give Vista a try. My only worry was that there would be a lack of software support for the OS and that would turn her off.

    Well, it's been about a month and she is now happy with Vista and even compliments some of it's features that make things quicker and easier than XP.

    In my line of work I have also met people who just cannot wrap their heads around new UI's. People who may be used to working with FAT clients have a hard time moving to THIN clients, but they quickly realize the benefits of shared resources. People just need to take the time to look at what is right in their face.

    I still have problems with Vista. Mostly due to software not working and the amount of hardware resources used to run the thing. I'm hoping Service Pack 2 will bring Vista up to speed. (BTW - how's that coming along Microsoft?)

    Win7 has been an amazing experience. It still has the compatibility issues and I'm sure a lot of those won't be corrected even at lauch, but that's about the only complaint I have for things I don't expect to be fixed by launch.

    Win7 fixes a lot of the problems Vista has and adds some great features. My favorite feature of Win7 is that it works well, even with older PCs. I am running Win7 on an HP Pavilion 5020us, which has 1GB DDR RAM, AMD Turion64 Process, and 128MB ATI Radeon x200 mobile integrated GPU. Where Vista sucked the life out of that thing, Win7 runs wonderfully with little hickups. Most lag is a result of the 5400RPM HDD, not the OS.

    Of course, I am using the "Send Feedback" button and reporting anything that I have a problem with. I hope that someone at Microsoft has time to read these things. I try to keep them short, but we all know that it's nice to have as much detail in a report as possible to find the cause of the problem.

    For those that want to go back to XP... Give Win7 a try when it is released. Try it for 6 weeks if you use the computer all the time or 6 months if you are a casual computer person. I think that you will find that a little change is worth it for a better experience. We still use XP SP3 at work and we won't be going to 7 until at least 1 year after release (if not longer). I can say that I miss a few of the features of Win7 and Vista when at work. There are definitely some features that would help me be more efficient when working. All Win7 needs is a desktop switcher. For XP I like to use an amazing thing called VirtuaWin. Desktop switching is something Windows has been missing that many people would love to have and Linux veterans can't live without.

    Peace...

  • chitbill
    20 Posts

    Installing updates can be risky anyhow, but This latest version of indows should be more forgiving. Backups and system restores cannot compete with a pale blue screen saying "this copy of windows is not genuine". This is my fourth reinstall, my naive little hand has been burned that many times. Painless sure, but think of all your corporate friends who also track how many times their software has been installed.

      Here's a thought, make the first reboot after an update tentative and subject to final aproval. Less of a Bitter pill to swallow (less feeling like a masochist for having to call India/Philippines to politely beg for one more reinstall of Application software.

  • Bioran
    9 Posts

    @TomTiddler - I'd say it's just a bug, as WMP 12 doesn't appear to be absolutely finalized yet. It's true for me also that certain actions in WMP 12 takes a relatively long period of time or just end up not being processed.

    It'd most likely be improved and fixed in later releases, though.

  • Not sure where to add this comment, so I chose the main Win 7 blog. I'm actually one of those users that (so far) loves this new Windows. Of course, I also thought Vista was a good step forward. However (isn't there always a But, or However?), I have to take issue with the currently supllied version of Windows Media Player.

    I have taken great pains to define the library settings (which, confusingly are not only separate from Windows Explorers "libraries" even though they share names and structure) for WMP, specifically, I have set it up so that each of the libraries contains only 1 folder, and that folder has NO files. This is because I do not want WMP to be messing with, or even aware of, my rather large picture collection and music collection. No matter what I do though, when WMP starts up, it immediately consumes almost all of my Quad core CPU cycles scanning the My Pictures folder for the logged in user. WMP itself has Not Responding status during the several minutes (yes MINUTES!) this takes, and of course the rest of the machine is sluggish as well. This is totally unacceptable behavior. Can anyone give me assurances that this is actually a bug and not a design feature?

  • WACWAC
    1 Posts

    I HAVE 4 COMPUTERS RUNNING W7,2 64 BIT, 2 32. I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO MESS THIS OS, AND HAVE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER OR EXPERIENCED A MORE STABLE PLATFORM. WHEN MY WIFE OR GRANDKIDS CAN JUMP ON A SYSTEM, CONNECT TO A HOMEGROUP AND SHARE FILES THE WAY W7 ALLOWS, I CAN FINALLY SAY MSFT HAS DONE IT RIGHT! IT IS INTUITIVE, FUN, AND EASY.

  • I agree with the other posters.  I do not like the fact that Pictures and Videos are grouped together!  Seems like a choice an engineer made and that's how it has been ever since...  Get some Apple design in Media Center and keep it simple...

  • How can it be hard to shutdown a Pc when it says Shutdown on the main menu... lol... people need to learn to read .. and its basically in the same place as the older version.. Come on People we need better excuses of why this OS sucks more than Xp.. It doesn't thats why you cant come up with anything..

    All I can see is that this OS is going to kick ass because it already does. No crashes no conflicts all software runs on it... Even the CM10401 OLD ass webcam works on it... All the old drivers that Vista wouldnt support runs on it.. My uncle has a old nForce 2 board and the drivers work for it..not in Vista.

    The GUI is amazing and blazing fast.. the boot times are incredible... The Menus and sub systems are of the charts in performance and usability. File copying is faster. The new task bar is the ultimate tool that is finally where it needs to be. The customization and the abilities to add any folder, any program at the tip of my mouse pointer is all good on my end.

    Xp and Vista... Im seraching and searching ... etc... on finding stuff and programs. In 7 all i got to do is right click on icon on my task bar and BAM... instant access..  

    If you got a crap PC upgrade it.. Don't dog a OS cause you cant let go of your 1990's rig...

    Im running it on a E2180 2.0Ghz x2 800mhz, 2GB DDR2, XFX 8400GS 256Mb (soon to be 9800GT 512mb XFX), on a cheap PCChips P17G motherboard Score of 3.4 ... and I can't believe how much it doesnt lag.. I have to say I feel as if my PC was going to the Crappers... but then I loaded this DVD in and installed 7 from Vista HP... and I was amazed that my PC still had the speed and response its suppose to have..

    Plus... Better memory management, Better support, Better OS... So screw the slow old Xp and the Bloated Vista.. I love this OS and im glad MS did it right and let us test it to show that they actually got it right this time and that the days of VISTA are over... Even though I never really had any problems with Vista other than the to many open windows and the ram suck up.. Lucky in 7 it uses the same amount for each windows open and doesn't make things slow down..

    Then again I don't like stuff like this on my pc and im glad its not mandatory to install..

    Thanks MS...

    Also.. Why dont forms ever stay on topic... lol...

  • Bioran
    9 Posts

    I think that another possible function is to include an easily-accessible, easy-to-understand tutorial of some sorts in Windows 7 (perhaps visible links in the "Getting Started" window? Or a recognizable shortcut to it on the Start Menu?), so that novice users can easily open up this tutorial and learn about the OS that way. It would certainly allow a faster understanding of the system, and as a result, a better experience and more positive comments.

    I agree with all the points you posted there, newscientist. Those ideas along with my tutorial idea could elevate the user experience more, especially for those who are just "used to the old stuff" and can't adapt smoothly to the new stuff without creating large amounts of false criticism - something which, unfortunately, plagued Vista quite severely.

    However, I still don't think including an XP theme in Windows 7 would be appropriate. Times have moved on, Windows have improved, and the consumers should learn to understand this new reality and the new things which comes from it. Perhaps like you said, it could be offered as some sort of downloadable PowerToy, but in my opinion, including it with the actual OS itself just doesn't seem like a good move.

  • I can see where "Photo1921a" is comming from, there really is no excluse to limit customizability be it in the browser or the OS.

    To illustrate this I will tell you about my experience yesterday. Although I had no trouble shutting down a Vista computer first time I used it, my wife and her grandmother were perplexed at trying to turn off her new Vista machine because of the new menu interface to turn off the Vista machine.  Yeah they both probably just got too used to XP.

    The point is that little things like that matter, be it UAC, or difficulty shutting down a computer .. they make a difference, especially if they should be really simple functions, then it frustrates you.

    This doesnt make the new UI bad, what it does mean is you either have to allow people the option to go back to old faithfull for that feature or teach them to adapt.

    With the new OS you lack the knowledge to use it, like me and the supebar until I read up on it last week.  At first it drove me nuts because I missed the quicklaunch, now I can see that it works and its simply just the Taskbar and Quicklaunch combined!

    This is why Microsoft Mall Stores are a good idea, people can go into a friendly place see the cool things and learn how to use the new OS.  BestBuy just doesn't cut it, sorry BestBuy but all you want to sell is the hardware not the Windows experience!

    However Windows 7 is a step in the right direction, in many cases its more configurable than both Vista and XP.

    However even though I like Windows 7, some people will find it hard to adapt, so acknowledge that they exsist, and have a strategy to deal with that.

    If the XP Theme isn't in Windows 7 as default, I say make a Windows 7 PowerToy "Tweak Windows 7" and let people do what they want with their machine - Tweak it.

    Alternatively be prepared to teach your customers how to use their machines, be it UAC or the Superbar or System Restore/Recovery!

    For me I vote for customization, it doesn't hurt and if it helps you feel at home, thats a happy customer.

  • Bioran
    9 Posts

    @Photo1921a - I'm interested in knowing why you still want the Windows XP interface? For me, Windows XP is a 7 years old system, with a UI which is outdated and not as usable as Windows Vista's and Windows 7's.

    In case you're not aware, there are many ways to customize Windows Vista. All you need to do is go to a search engine, search for "Windows Vista Visual Styles" and voila! Hundreds of free visual styles for you to apply on for your Vista. You can also try out Stardock's Wincustomize service, which offers even more unique styles.

    Personally, I think Windows Vista and Windows 7 are two superb operating systems, and I congratulate Microsoft on them. It's a shame that the media has so brutally attacked Vista, and I hope Windows 7 will be as popular as Windows XP has been. Good work, MS and the Windows 7 team!

  • Thanks Brandon for the heads up, I will be sure to test out the updating process come Feb 24th.

  • For me it's still Vista, it improved but it's still Vista.  What Microsoft has still failed to address is that people like Shawn9600, really only wanted a Better Windows Xp.  There really two completely separate operating systems.  There is an easy fix for the people who want  a better windows xp.  Just add the Options to make Windows 7's ui look and feel like windows xp.   It would not add that much bloat, but Microsoft still won't do it.  For whatever reason Microsoft will not soften on the FORCED UI changes, again it's just all in the options. Just let people change the UI the way they want to, that is really not wrong, Microsoft just won't do it. Since the early incarnations of Vista Microsoft has dictated what the think windows looks and feels best at. To me they really don't care if you don't like it's just the way they demand it.

  • 7flavor
    352 Posts

    I'm quite eager to test these updates because I read somewhere there have been performance improvements to the servicing stack. Hopefully I won't have to see "Please wait while Windows configures updates" upon logoff and logon every time I install an update! It never should have been like that during the Vista time frame. Installing a service pack also shouldn't take close to 45 mins!!

  • Diacov
    1 Posts

    Here I am testing windows 7 since it was released, I have a key and I´ve sended a lot of Feedbacks. Is there any controls of them by Microsoft ? on who is sending (by the key or IP or any type of control) or not ?

    How they can know who sended more feedbacks ?

  • Donnerd
    1 Posts

    For me windows7 is working just like windows xp and vista, very stable and very fast :)

    It is for 100% sure that, when windows7 will be on the market in in the netherlands, i will buy windows7.

    I wil even try to buy it on the release day.

  • dockiee
    1 Posts

    I love Win7! It's really really cool, just as vista is, even though WinXP is very nice but I'll prefer Win7 any day.

    I guess Shawn is 1 of those conservatives who find it difficult to change to new things, particularly when they're used to old things.

    Goodluck Shawn with your old ways!

    I wish my Beta will just turn to the real Win7 come August.

  • bkap
    1 Posts

    Dehnger, have you checked the Q&A lately? There seem to be a lot of people who think the beta is just a free trial of Windows 7. The "how do I uninstall this" question is second only to "when will Windows 7 be released" in popularity.

  • Shawn is either a troll or inept.

    This OS rocks the hell out of XP. Then again, VISTA was cool to me too.

    "How do I get this crap back to XP?" Seriously? Anyone who would ask that, that way, has to be an idiot to think they have any business working with a BETA package of any type.

  • Its recommended to install them so that it helps MS test various scenario's; as even if they are installed then Windows Update will remove the installation files 10 days after the install of these test updates have been completed.

  • Airik
    5 Posts

    Shawn...You can get your very old OS back by reinstalling. I sure hope you have your OEM disc still or maybe you have a install partition on your hard drive from the manufacturer for a reinstall.

  • ok I played with windows 7 and I want to get the thing out of my computer. I WANT MY XP BACK!!! How do I get this crap back to xp?