Saturday, July 04, 2009

Windows 7

This might be my first pro-Microsoft post in a long time, that’s because for a long time I was disappointed with the Windows Operating System. Well, disappointed no longer, I really love what Microsoft has done with Windows 7. The OS as a whole appears very light, and agile, with comparative speeds to Windows XP, and for a new OS to have comparative speeds to an almost nine year old OS is speechless to say the least. While I still have a few remaining disappointments with Windows 7, it likely will not change my decision to get the OS and upgrade to it full time, as I already am running it full time and at this point, look forward to installing the final product.

What I’ll clear out of the way right here, I run the latest leaked builds, and I believe the best feedback for Microsoft and part of the reason Microsoft’s been able to refine their product down to this little beauty, is the blogosphere, the Windows Enthusiast Forums, and constant feedback from fans of the OS. The build I’m running is 7264, which is on the RTM branch headed towards gold code.

I’m sure anyone who has been following closely knows what the UI looks like, new taskbar, with the familiar Aero effects with minor tweaks here and there. I won’t cover much of the basic desktop UI changes, so I’ll head right to the main reason why I love this OS, it’s performance.

The above picture is of my remote desktop session into my older machine running Windows 7 7264, basic ram usage is incredible, and lower than that of it’s predecessor, Windows Vista. It scales the ram cache to ensure peak performance, but does it within reason to the maximum amount of ram found on the OS. So performance on older machines usually isn’t a worry. I set this up as a backup system allowing me to access the machine remotely in order to perform backup of system files to a dedicated partition in the computer, independent from the OS.

Another thing that really gets me, and I know this was available in previous versions, but this is my first encounter with it. Remote Desktop’s aero effects. As you can see in the above screenshot, there is no graphics card installed, as there are no S3ProSavage drivers available for Windows 7, another testament to how old the PC in question is. However, despite this setback, Remote Desktop brings in the graphics processing power of the machine viewing the Remote Desktop Connection to draw full blurred but shadowless aero effects, which is an added plus to usability of the remote connection. This remote connection was made on a local wired LAN and will surely differ for other people using Wireless or connecting via the internet.

I honestly and truly believe that Microsoft is attempting to make up for it’s past mistakes with Vista and does it quite well with Windows 7, this OS can run on such a large number of hardware configurations that any PC with at least 1GB of RAM should upgrade to this OS to take advantage of the latest Microsoft has to offer, even if you don’t get the fancy Aero effects, because let’s face it guys, XP is starting to age to the point were it’s nearly obsolete.

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