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Win 7 Arrives 21st

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by mick4545, 16 Oct 2009.

  1. mrk

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 87,378

    Location: South Coast

    Yeah my mate used Easy Transfer, useful feature indeed but for the likes of me it's pretty useless as we have a drive dedicated to user documents etc :p

    I just create a "System Image" using Windows Backup and Restore so if my Windows drive dies or Windows jeffs up then I just do a VHD image restore using the restore CD I created to load the image off the external backup and BOOM! my whole Windows drive is back to how it was :p

    Think my next external drive is going to be eSATA though as USB 2 takes a bit to xfer 100GB over :p
  2. db2431


    Joined: 14 Dec 2006

    Posts: 373

    Even on 2gb of ram its faster than xp.
  3. clv101


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,718

    Location: Bristol

    Quick random question - if I swap a graphics card in a system with OEM Vista installed, will it need activating? If it does, will it still work fine without being activated for a while?
  4. Mikey


    Joined: 28 Dec 2002

    Posts: 5,965

    Location: South Coast

    Installing it on my mother's PC tomorrow night in exchange for some dinner etc :)

    Question is whether to go 32bit or 64bit. It's an early Intel x64 chip with 2GB RAM - Dell 3100C

    Perfect for what my Mother uses it for, but what arcitecture..

    Clean install from Windows XP Home. Only applications I'm aware of at the mo are:
    MS Office
    Family Tree
  5. kidloco


    Joined: 3 Nov 2003

    Posts: 4,930

    Location: Lancashire

    Try it with the 64bit, it wont let you install it if your system is 64bit
  6. Mikey


    Joined: 28 Dec 2002

    Posts: 5,965

    Location: South Coast

    Think that's what I'm going to be doing. Got both 32 and 64 bit running on an ESX server at work, haven't noticed much difference.
  7. fulcrumer


    Joined: 4 Sep 2005

    Posts: 371

    Where mine then!!!
  8. Slyman2k4


    Joined: 31 Dec 2005

    Posts: 734

    Location: N.I

    Anyone done a custom/unattended install yet? Going to get round to installing mine tomorrow, but i'll want to move programs to d, userfiles to e and temp to f, first. Was hoping someone else has done it without problems yet.
  9. Fenris


    Joined: 3 Feb 2009

    Posts: 8,693

    Location: Brighton, UK.

    Got mine today and I sit here typing in it :D

    Have to say I am seriously impressed. All the new little features, once you get used to them, make so much sense, plus all the Vista stuff that was annoying now works perfectly. So glad I upgraded.

    Install took less than 10 minutes on my Corsair 64Gb SSD.

    Also Fallout 3 has decided to work again YAAAAAAY!
  10. hegemon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Aug 2008

    Posts: 1,086

    You'll be fine, a change of graphics card won't trigger reactivation.
  11. Kesz


    Joined: 24 Feb 2009

    Posts: 528

    Got mine yesterday. Installed it last night, it did take a while to install, mainly sitting at Setup Screens.. I'm still very new to this so I might have done it wrong, but I installed mine by telling the bios to use CD drive first and then boot from cd. As far as I know, I did a clean install but Windows keept my old files, which were about 600gig, I didn't actually want to keep them(took ages to delete).

    I have to say that my boot times are longer than Vista, it may very well be that I've installed it wrong. I'd like to know if I have and how to do a complete clean install with out keeping my old files, if possible?
  12. dmsims

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    Joined: 17 Jan 2003

    Posts: 1,044

    Well I really like it. I avoided Vista like the plague but 7 seems intuitive to me and much snappier - VWD struggled on XP

    As a bonus the XP drivers for my RAID card work well (Promise S150 TX2plus)

    It was also possible to run NTbackup from a USB flash disk to restore some files.
  13. braveheart

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    Joined: 3 Jan 2007

    Posts: 1,118

    Location: Scotland

    Im about to get my 2 copues of W7 HP today as delivery is on the way shortly - I will find out when I install in my own PC later today.
  14. apatia77


    Joined: 25 Mar 2005

    Posts: 4,749

    Got my 3 copies out of 4 so far (all from different places). 1 more to be delivered.
  15. mrk

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 87,378

    Location: South Coast

    Sounds like you didn't format the drive during install and as such the 600gb of stuff left over fragmented the drive?

    Defrag and reboot a few times, boot times will improve over each reboot by small amounts and superfetch will learn with use.

    If all else fails, re-install but this time format :)

    Also yay! another copy on the way from MS though....a bit late in dispatching but oh well.

    Last edited: 23 Oct 2009
  16. Marco_Nasty


    Joined: 27 Nov 2008

    Posts: 102

    Yeah!! Got my copy last nite and it is working like a dream :D
  17. Bonjour


    Joined: 30 Mar 2004

    Posts: 9,693

    Location: London

    Laptop's now triple booted - MacOS, Ubuntu and 7.

    Happy lappy.
  18. buy_my_cookies


    Joined: 29 Apr 2007

    Posts: 503

    got my copy yesterday but i took so long backing up all my crap and organising my files that i never got round to installing it :)

    But on the plus side my corsair hx750w should turn up today so i get 2 new things to play with tonight. another lonely night for my poor gf!

    does this add anything new to the rc or just the same?
  19. DeathTyrant


    Joined: 28 Nov 2008

    Posts: 351

    All sorted now. :D

    Thanks to the guys at OcUK (I was the one who rang up a couple of times asking about Win 7 Ultimate x64 shipments) I was able to get ahold of an OEM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 to go with my order, and get it amended to have Saturday delivery. Bloke turned up this morning with my goodies.

    So, all is well, and I can start on my new install!

    Cheers guys!