Windows 7 Beta – Quick Install!
Last night I realized an important fact: Several days ago I downloaded the Windows 7 beta –legally no less–burned it to a disk, and promptly forgot about it. So just before bed I thought to myself “heck, I might as well install Windows 7 and let it finish while I sleep!” In general I’d say it’s a fairly clever plan, especially considering how long it takes to install Windows Vista, but much to my surprise Windows 7 was done installing by the time I got my teeth brushed (admittedly I do have a full set of teeth, so it takes a bit of time).
So I got to play with Win7 just a tad before I retired, and what I learned in my 15 minutes with the new OS was twofold: First, Windows 7 is freaking fast. I mean XP fast-maybe faster. I rebooted a few times just to make sure the results were repeatable, and not only is Windows 7 a super fast booter, it’s also fast once you get to the desktop. The familiar animated effects garbage are in effect, but somehow they just seem…faster to me. Perhaps even more importantly it worked with all my Vista drivers (x64 version) and it easily configured my dual boot system into triple boot (now it glistens with XP, Vista and 7–hooray!)
So tonight I plan to try to actually install some applications on Windows 7 beta and see what happens. Wish me the best, because even though it’s fast, let’s face it–the fish won’t let us forget–it’s still just a beta.