Tried Win7 for about 1 hour, then promptly uninstalled it

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by wrldwzrd89, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    I must admit, I do not like Windows 7 AT ALL. I originaly thought the new taskbar would be an improvement over the old system, but... it actually doesn't, in my experience. (Maybe that's because I didn't use the thing at all in my 1 hour of testing the RC, or perhaps because I couldn't tell at a glance what I had running and what I had docked for easy launching.)

    Also, Windows Update is still a pain in the neck, as usual... though it's a LOT better than Vista was at "Configuring Updates" post install (read: 3x faster), it still offers all the language packs as available optional updates. I did not like the way this was handled in Vista, and like it even less in Windows 7. Having to right-click and choose hide update for 30+ language packs is NOT fun, especially when you get UAC prompts thrown in.

    Finally... the default desktop background. Why, Microsoft? The Vista backgrounds were good-looking without being overly silly. The Windows 7 ones fail miserably in this regard.
     
  2. LowMach macrumors member

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    i really like win 7 so far in my testing. quick running. currently have it setup where i can dual boot to xp pro or win7. will not commit until its released and has good feedback for my hardware. i also have it running on my mbp thru fusion.

    i just hoover over the tabs on the taskbar and it shows little previews of the windows open.

    i need to figure out how to make the distance smaller between pinned programs in my quick launch. too much space currently.

    i can't seem to get the admin shares to work on the win7 machines yet. c$ d$ etc.... i turned off the home networking thingy and all the firewalls.... checked settings in the secpol.msc.

    i also noticed the scroll on the mouse is being flakey on several machines. not working until i open a new window.

    one machine's asus board doesn't have the correct chipset driver available and had a bsod every time my download speeds exceeded 1.2mb. so no win7 on that machine until i find proper drivers.

    edit: bsod: i booted back in win7 and it showed a pc issue saying my lan driver had an issue. even had a link to the manufacturers site. i went & grabbed the new win7 driver and have not been able to duplicate the problem. runs pretty snappy i must say!
     
  3. steveza macrumors 68000

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    You can select all 30 updates and hide them all at the same time. UAC can also be turned off/down - look for the shortcut to UAC settings in the Getting Started section of the start menu.
     
  4. KevinN206 macrumors regular

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    The default background that came with 7 RC and before is meant as a joke. Evidently, not a lot of people understand that. The fish you see is a "betta fish" implying that the versions released so far were beta. We don't even know what the default wallpaper will look like at RTM.

    It's a good thing Windows 7 isn't a job position...
     
  5. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5

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    How clever of Microsoft. I completely failed to pick that up. Thanks.
     
  6. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    I think you dropped these.
    [​IMG]

    Really though, shame on Microsoft for not fitting your exact needs. I, for one, am appalled they didn't talk to you first before development. It's funny really, people got their panties in a twist over Vista, now Microsoft delivers something infinitely better than Vista (which was better than XP) and yet people STILL complain. And the things they complain about usually just bring their ignorance out in the open. So you don't like it? That's fine, stick with what works for you. But when you bitch about silly things like wallpapers and a minor right-click issue for a product that isn't even finished yet, it just makes you look like a troll. Not to mention you tested it FOR ONE HOUR.
     
  7. PurrBall macrumors 6502a

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    Clearly you didn't even TRY to like it, because there are settings on the taskbar to customize it to be however you want it, including the way it used to be in Vista.
    Also, you don't have to hide the language packs, they won't install unless you specifically tell it to.
     
  8. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    Meh, installed the RC on my comp, looks real good. IMO, the best OS MicroSoft has made ever. Almost as good as Leopard.

    But I left the Windows road a few years back, and while Win 7 looks good, I see no compelling reason to change the path I'm on.
     
  9. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I'm on it right now, yes its better than Vista, but it still FEELS exactly like the windows I don't like.

    It'll be on my macbook bootcamp partition, but I don't plan on using it alot.

    I do have to say the new bar and look function is kinda nice.
     
  10. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    I agree with the first half, but definitely not the 2nd, the only reason it's good, is because it's not Vista, and if thats one of the major compelling arguments, it's not a great start... I've said it a few times before, does anyone remember MS saying that 7 was going to be the big change, it was going to be a fresh start, but it's the same old same old, which disappoints me, alot.

    Saying that, it's fast, it's fresh, it looks good and it handles well, I prefer it over XP to be honest (mainly because it looks better).
     
  11. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    My thoughts exactly!

    Its good yes, but really it feels exactly like what we were originally promised with vista. I still prefer OSX by a mile.
     
  12. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    Kind of agree, still feels sort of clumsy and clutzy, though not as bad as Vista. They really did make some serious improvements.

    IMO, a very, very, very slick implementation of features users of another OS I'm familiar with have had for years....
     
  13. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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  14. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    +1 And that's the problem with Windows - it's Windows. And Windows7 is Vista will a code refresh and new daggy / blotchy wallpapers. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

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    I like the new taskbar a lot. It really follows Apple's sexy "icon only" rule, since text labels everywhere detract from the eye candy.


    True, Windows Update is and always has been a PITFA.

    [​IMG] Oh, boo-hoo...change it then. :D

    All in all, I think Win7 is (SO FAR) a huge improvement over Vista, which really isn't saying much. I guess the improvements mainly come from the fact that they copied OS X so much (i.e. Snipping Tool is a total rip-off of Grab, Sticky Notes is a rip-off of Stickies, the new icon-only taskbar is a rip-off of the dock...etc.) :D But this is just the RC, no telling how different the retail version will be as far as extra crap thrown in.

    EDIT: Forgot one more thing: the Vista/Win7 default cursor is the same shape as Leopards', just white instead of black. ;)
     
  16. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    I'm sorry wrldwzrd89, my last post was out of line. Perhaps this is a better representation of our feelings for you.

    [​IMG]
     

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