Let me ask you this…Would you rather be happy or right? OK then, let me tell you some things about Windows 7 Beta which may surprise you.
If any of you are thinking that you might try it after our Windows 7 Beta first impressions and you actually believe Paul Thurrott when he tells you that it can be successfully run as your main system, you’re in for a nasty shock. Brace yourselves, and hold your breath…
- It won’t install Office Home and Student 2007 (as Pennywise the clown said, “you’ll die if you try”) but of course, it won’t crash Windows.
- It won’t install “Real Alternative” (essential for those who won’t put up with Real Player)
- It won’t install any meaningful component of Windows Live Essentials.
- It’s ridiculously picky about what it will play over the Media Sharing Service (Compared to Vista) and it will faithfully transpose every “broken file” icon on to your Xbox.
So it’s crap, right? Err…No, it isn’t. And now I’m going to tell you exactly why!
This just doesn’t behave like a beta. I remember Longhorn Beta2 and if you do too, you’ll remember that it was truly horrible. The Office problem is a concern (I mean, really, was it even tested!?), but it seems to work when already installed and upgraded from Vista.
I’ve tested the crap out of Windows 7 in the past 72 hours in Virtual Machine, Hyper-V and straight primary-boot, and found that it’s as power hungry as Vista and is only remotely usable in the last two of these scenarios.
For most people, unless they like MS Office, (for the moment at least), this is not going to affect them at all. “Homegroup” networking is almost reason enough to switch to Win 7 right now. It’s essentially “Home Server” without the Server and it’s bloody awesome!
Network Attached Storage SAMBA issues, printer spooler-hang, latent network refresh, the famous sys-tray errors…Yeah, they’re all gone. When you upgrade you’re graphics driver and don’t need to reboot, you know there’s something new going on here.
This is the second server-based client kernel which Microsoft has offered to Joe Public, and it’s by far the best. Clearly, it’s still in need of some fit and finishes and while it’s not (nor was it ever intended to be) for Joe Public, it’s technologically above and beyond Vista, OSX and pretty much anything else.
I will go in to further detail about the new features and real-world impact of Windows 7 in a future article, but does the new Windows 7 Beta really bring the rich media experience we were all waiting for? No, sadly it does not. I’ll discuss why in my next article, “The Digital Nomad: A Full-Time Job”. No nerd should miss it!
I’ve been around PCs all my life and I’m an avid Windows enthusiast. I used to work in IT, but now simply enjoy it as a hobby; however I do still take an interest in the industry. I’m a compulsive tinkerer and have probably re-installed my machine more times than many normal people have switched theirs on. I’m a novice XBOX 360 gamer, mostly playing a mixture of driving and platform games, which I mostly suck at, possibly with the exception of Ridge Racer 6, which I simply don’t have the time to play enough of. I enjoy all things tech and am a big fan of Leo Laporte and his “TWIT” network. I have a soft spot for high-tech in small packages and still miss the MiniDisc, just because it was so damn cool. I’m also a bit of a retro/nostalgia junkie and still have 20-year-old copies of C+VG magazine which I thumb through from time to time. Outside of technology, I like scuba diving and playing the didgeridoo (no, not at the same time) and I run a didgeridoo club with my dad.