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Join Date: Oct 2009
10-23-2009, 02:45 PM
I had to go in and manually disable the defragger in W7 RC on my 1010 with ST 32GB SSD.
I'll believe W7 doesn't slow down in three years, ANY Windows installation I've seen after 2 or 3 years is sloowww. My guess is an OS refresh even with W7 will speed things up quite a bit after a year or more.
Pretty much the first question I ask when someone brings a personal computer question to me, is how old is it, and generally recommend a fresh OS install.
I'm thinking though when I put W7 on my desktop I'll image it periodically so I can just reimage VS reinstall.
Join Date: Jul 2009
10-23-2009, 02:57 PM
After owning PCs running Microsoft operating systems since DOS and Desqview I decided to buy a Mac about a year ago. I decided on a 24" iMac. My wife is the primary user and she has minimal requirements, i.e., access webmail and solitaire.
In all the years of owning PCs;
I never had to reinstall Windows.
I never got a virus.
I never experienced a gradual slowdown.
I never installed Vista, so my frame of reference for comparison with Leopard was XP. I liked Leopard much more than XP. Of course, going from a 19" LCD to a 24" iMac might have something to do with this opinion.
Oddly enough our Microsoft representative is who unknowingly got me interested in Dell Minis. He came in the week before Windows7 was made available via Technet and MSDN. He brought his Mini9 running the last Windows 7 RC in case anyone wanted to see how it ran, in addition to his Dell laptop.
My first impression of Windows 7 was it had features which reminded me of Leopard.
Now that I've been running Windows 7 (all versions) on tablet laptops and Minis plus Leopard on Minis, I think both operating systems are about equal, with the small edge being given to Windows 7 for looking better (crisper graphics) on the Minis, which I assume is caused by the kext files used. Before Windows 7, if I had a choice of which OS to boot, I'd pick Snow Leopard, now it's Windows 7. However, it's not an overwhelming preference.
The biggest issue I have had with my iMac has been either the lack of Mac versions of software I used on the PC or the need to buy Mac versions. So, I've installed Parallels on my iMac to deal with this.
Ironically, the often touted Apple hardware reliability didn't apply to my iMac. 10 months after I purchased it, I had to have the power supply and the LCD replaced.
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
10-23-2009, 05:40 PM
I installed the Windows 7 Pro RTM on my desktop about two months ago...and still loving it! With my college email account, I pre-ordered the Win 7 Pro and downloaded it yesterday from digitalriver.com. I installed it directly from my WD USB hard drive and did the "custom" installation from an XP "Home" environment. It is the same build as the RTM, 6.1.7600 7600 Build. The RTM download created a ISO file, but the pre-ordered download created a folder with the installation files. I have the Mini 10v with the 2gb personal upgrade ...and still loving it!!!
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