Windows 7 available!

wehaveitall
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Windows 7 available!

Post by wehaveitall » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:43 pm

It turns out that Microsoft may have secretly released a very first look beta at Windows 7, the awaited sequel to Windows Vista!

Read more here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10129334-75.html

Xp54321
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Ha!

Post by Xp54321 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:58 pm

Win7 has, for a while now, been available over torrent! :) This is old news really. I've tried it out myself. It's fantastic! And, as some people have said, this is what MS should have done with Vista the first time around. It's pretty compatible with most hardware and software. UAC is adjustable! :D In addition the OS overall is very light. I put in under a virtual machine on less than 500 MB of RAM and it still ran acceptably well! :) The windows are cool too. Dragging one too to the top maximizes it, dragging the mouse to lower right corner turns all windows transparent etc. :) Currently, the only things that can be downloaded via torrent are the install DVD ISO and VHDs(Virtual Hard Disk). The install DVD ISO is approximately 2.44 GB in size. You'll need a spare DVD and a burning program. A good free one is CDBurnerXP: http://www.cdburnerxp.se/
And yes, there are rumors that MS actually made the leak. More publicity for Win7 is all it is.

The Big Bin
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What about the compatibility

Post by The Big Bin » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:02 pm

What about the compatibility with old DOS programmes? Any news here?

Xp54321
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DOS

Post by Xp54321 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:04 pm

I'm afraid I didn't try out any old such programs, works fine with Firefox and Avira though.

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More Info

Post by Xp54321 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:24 pm

Softpedia has been testing out Win7 and they've posted some great screenshots and information. These two links:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-7-Beta-Build-7000-Screenshots-Gallery-101082.shtml
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-7-Beta-1-Build-7000-Installation-in-45-Screenshots-101080.shtml
Also try searching for information using Google. Be careful with torrents, always read the comments and don't download unless you're sure it's safe and your AV can scan P2P downloads. (Avast! has a P2P shield)
Link on Win7's performance: http://arstechnica.com/journals/microsoft.ars/2009/01/02/windows-7-build-7000-outperforms-vista-and-xp

c۞g
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IMHO, it's the "downward

Post by c۞g » Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:02 am

IMHO, it's the "downward compatibility" to old programming techniques including but not limited to DOS/Win3.1/Win95 that holds Microsoft OS's from becoming "better."

DOS is a [url=http://wapedia.mobi/en/Command_line_interface t=_self]command line[/url] OS, even in XP we have the Start->Run->Command to pull up a DOS command line window.
Why?
Do I really need to load up a copy of [url=http://www.commander-keen.com/ t=_self]Commander Keen[/url] again?
Don't get me wrong, I loved that game (18 years ago) and so did my children. However, if we do not let [url=http://www.commander-keen.com/billy-blaze.php t=_self]Billy Blaze[/url]grow up, then Microsoft OS's will remain hindered.

peace,
- G7W

Guest

Echo

Post by Guest » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:11 pm

Hey g7w,

Couldn't agree with you more.

While I myself get infuriated with the upgrades in software necessary to keep pace with a new OS, the reality is that sooner or later backward compatibility is going to have to be dumped entirely.

That's because the coding space that has to be devoted to backwards compatibility (and it's a vicious circle/cycle when software is upgraded . . . usually becoming bloatware at some point . . . it then requires more coding space as it becomes the "backwards compatible" candidate to the new OS) can better be devoted to new OS features. Backwards compatibility is one of the reasons that each new OS release becomes bigger than the last (certainly new features account for that too).

Someday soon, as painful as it might be to some users (myself included), backward compatibility is going to have to be eliminated. We all have our favorite legacy programs, and will lose them kicking and screaming. I am not looking forward to the day that I'm going to have to buy new software for everything I do, but it will come.

Some of us will cling to an old OS . . . there are still ME and 98 users out there. But there will come a time when those users will no longer be able to communicate with users of a new OS, and then they'll HAVE to switch just to maintain connectivity with all their friends who have put down their stubby pencils.

May not happen in our lifetime, but some generation is going to have to deal with it.

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Re: What about the compatibility

Post by Sami » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:14 pm

You can always use [url=http://dosbox.com/ t=_self]DOSBox[/url] if you need to run old MS-DOS programs. Also works on non-Microsoft platforms.

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Re: Command prompt

Post by Sami » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:17 pm

even in XP we have the Start->Run->Command to pull up a DOS command line window. Why?

There's a difference between having a command prompt and being compatible with ancient programs. Command prompts are useful for plenty of purposes and having one doesn't hold back the operating system at all, cmd.exe is a separate program after all.

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Win7 are available in beta

Post by Sanshiros » Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:59 am

Win7 are available in beta stage they are stable BUT they have some bugs, for example they ruin mp3s maybe that's MP12 problem

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