1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Windows Windows 7 Public Beta News

Discussion in 'Software' started by icutebluezone, 8 Jan 2009.

  1. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2006
    Posts:
    9,263
    Likes Received:
    302
  2. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

    Joined:
    9 Sep 2005
    Posts:
    8,614
    Likes Received:
    197
    its a demo basically, everyone likes to try before they buy.
     
  3. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

    Joined:
    5 Jul 2005
    Posts:
    13,933
    Likes Received:
    33
    Burnout: Windows has it's own bootloader/manager, it creates a boot.ini.
     
  4. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

    Joined:
    9 Sep 2005
    Posts:
    8,614
    Likes Received:
    197
    I remember the boot.ini trick, however i had a nice graphical boot manager, and i just had a hunt around on google and came up with a few ugly programs that look a tad out of date.

    shame really as the Mac has some nice app's i think.
     
  5. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

    Joined:
    25 Mar 2003
    Posts:
    6,244
    Likes Received:
    102
    Why do you need a graphical boot manager? You'll see it for about 1 second each time you start your computer. And all you do either pressing enter, or one arrow and enter. ;)
     
  6. themax

    themax New Member

    Joined:
    2 Dec 2005
    Posts:
    1,060
    Likes Received:
    3
    Anyone having any luck with running this in VMWare? I've installed it on my Virtual Machine but the limitations make it run like molasses right now (8gb max partition for it and my only having 3GB Ram doesn't help lol). I'de rather not dual boot with it but I may have too. So far though from what I played with in my VMWare it's not too shabby, but it still feels very much like Vista as far as I could tell, with some minor differences.
     
  7. hodgy100

    hodgy100 New Member

    Joined:
    2 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    287
    Likes Received:
    1
    I have an old pc i'm gonna try this out on. (sempron 3000+ 1GB DDR RAM 20GB HDD)
    If it works on netbooks with an atom processor it should work ok on this!

    I just have the problem of working out how to install it without using a dvd now
     
  8. teamtd11

    teamtd11 *Custom User Title*

    Joined:
    31 Aug 2005
    Posts:
    2,267
    Likes Received:
    30
    It works find on my sempron 3000+ (skt A barton) and 512mb of ram, so you should have no problems?
     
  9. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

    Joined:
    28 Nov 2003
    Posts:
    9,696
    Likes Received:
    308
    Good grief, takes a while to do an upgrade install!

    (Posted this on my iPod touch while waiting).
     
  10. hodgy100

    hodgy100 New Member

    Joined:
    2 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    287
    Likes Received:
    1
    Nice to know :D although this is a socket 754 Palermo it should be roughly the same in performance :)

    Now I just have to work out how to install it without a dvd :(
     
  11. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

    Joined:
    9 May 2004
    Posts:
    6,431
    Likes Received:
    723
    Isn't USB stick install supported since Vista?
     
  12. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

    Joined:
    25 Jun 2004
    Posts:
    3,213
    Likes Received:
    60
    only took about 20min to do a clean install for me.
     
  13. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

    Joined:
    26 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    1,378
    Likes Received:
    43
    Yeah, I was impressed by how quickly it installed cleanly, too. Don't think it was 20min for me, but it was under an hour, I'd say.

    @themax - What do you mean 8Gb? My install shows 15.9 gb (with updates installed.)
     
  14. culley

    culley New Member

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2006
    Posts:
    777
    Likes Received:
    1
    I've installed it and its running fine, 64bit version havevn't had any problems with drivers or applications not working yet except for Google Chrome.

    There is supposed to be a work around by adding something at the end of the link target when you right click the shortcut on the desktop but it doesn't work for me.

    I really im liking it, i like vista anyways but this is just an great improvement.
     
  15. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

    Joined:
    14 Jul 2004
    Posts:
    6,156
    Likes Received:
    560
    Oooh, hmm...

    The idea of a 32Gb pen drive with a full OS and apps on it is delectable, but would it still boot up correctly when plugged into other machines, or does windows develop hardware affinities? (I mean Windows generally, not just win7)

    edit - wait, I just realised you meant installing the OS from a usb key, not onto one :wallbash:
     
  16. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

    Joined:
    28 Nov 2003
    Posts:
    9,696
    Likes Received:
    308
    After uninstalling Daemontools and Avira Antivir, I ran the upgrade in Vista HP 64. The migration tool/service timed out after 120k files were being converted! (before the first restart) I think this is the reason it took so long, as over 750,000 files needed to be migrated :)

    After about 3 and a half hours (!!) it finally booted up properly and presented me with a familiar looking desktop with a different taskbar. By that time though, I was knackered and hit the hay. At least it boots up fine. It took an update and I also installed the mp3 fix straight off.

    It also complained that the Vodafone broadband usb utility may not work and in the device manager the optiarc dvd drive has an exclamation mark but seems to work okay.

    Laptop spec - e7250 iirc, 4GB DDR2, 8600GT, 320GB hdd.

    Oh, AVG Free doesn't seem to work, either. It installs okay but won't launch properly. Anyone know if any free antivirus programs work in Windows7?

    It would've been way quicker to backup and do a clean install, in hindsight.
     
  17. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

    Joined:
    9 May 2004
    Posts:
    6,431
    Likes Received:
    723
    Yes. :)

    Though what you're talking about sounds very tempting. I wouldn't take a normal USB stick though, I'd rather take that eSATA ones that have been released quite recently.
    To answer your question though:
    I don't think you can transfer any Windows installation (at least not anything as 'new' as XP) from one computer to the other. Have you ever changed your CPU and/or MB without a clean Windows install? I found it quite a pain in the arse.
     
  18. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

    Joined:
    19 Apr 2005
    Posts:
    4,689
    Likes Received:
    168
    Avast works fine here - at least it runs and updates OK.

    Was surprised how light and quick the install was - about half an hour-ish, with around 12Gb space used. Had one bluescreen so far, but haven't rebooted into Win7 yet to find out what caused it.
     
  19. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2007
    Posts:
    12,300
    Likes Received:
    710
    Your BSOD is probably because of a driver issue. For me on my laptop, the pre-beta nvidia drivers crashes when you scale tooo much (scale up/down/up/down/up/down) a window. Or move one too much. Luckily windows can restart it. Issue doesn't occur if Aero basic is used. (so no GPU rendered interface). So it confirms the drivers fault.
     
  20. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

    Joined:
    18 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    2,968
    Likes Received:
    84
    Well, only NT5.x and earlier NT based ones do the boot.ini trick, NT6 and later use a new one, "Windows Boot Manager" which is completely different. But it'll handle a dual boot fine with an older one (if the older one is installed first).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTLDR
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Boot_Manager
     

Share This Page