# Saturday, 01 November 2008

Why not? I got home late last night from PDC and decided to stay up late, watch some TV and install my pre-beta version of Windows 7 on my spare laptop. The installation went very well and I decided to take some of the new features out for a spin.

While there are some bells and whistles out there for the consumer, however, for a developer I really like the the virtual machine support. I was able to load up my VHDs really fast and even set a VHD as a boot partition (wow!). The VHD support is so good that I am considering bringing this Windows 7 laptop to TechEd in Barcelona and do all of my sessions off the Win 7 laptop.

It has only been one day but Windows 7 appears very stable, has good power management, and is fast. It also is pretty slick looking with the Avalon UI stuff turned on. If my experience changes, I will report it back here.

Tuesday, 04 November 2008 05:53:02 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hmm.. I think i should try it in one of my not spared machines, since its more like an upgrade to vista, why not go for it with the added features. Only the bad thing is, when new version comes up i have to do the whole thing again. :-). Thanks Steve for the post.
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 10:00:56 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Not sure about the legality behind this, but it's fast and simple to enable the new taskbar which is looking very, very sweet!

http://windows7news.com/2008/11/03/enable-new-windows-7-taskbar-in-windows-7-m3-build-6801/

Have Windows 7 installed on my slate tablet PC, did a upgrade instead of clean install - so the process took a good 2-3 hours. I'm waiting for a newer build before I'm puttig it on my other machines.
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 15:20:53 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Windows 7 (M3) sucks. It has major compatibility issues with software. Every program and game I installed will not run, even in compatibility mode. And I'm still trying to find a virus protector. Even the Windows Live OneCare Beta will not install. Leave it to Microsoft. They are more concerned about looks than functionality. It's just a prettier Vista with more problems.
Allen
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