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Windows 7 Questions

By SNGX1275
Jan 11, 2009
  1. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,910   +91

    EXCel,
    the only feature i have noticed not on 7 that is in Vista is windows switcher....remember "my post is floating in space" LOL. but it is easily installed, and may be on the RTM.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Because of your existing OS problems, you may have harware issues too. Format the hard drive and install Windows 7 RC fresh. I am afraid that if your system was unstable in Vista, it will be unstable in Windows 7
     
  3. poteljito

    poteljito TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Yes i already checked my memory so that's not it. I don't think it's a hardware problem. I think it's the software running the hardware. I planned to do a clean install and partition my 640GB right this time(I have only one partition now). Also I'm curious about the 7600 build. Any info on that. I would be very grateful :D
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Microsoft says that the retail Windows 7 will be released on October 22, 2009 here in the US... I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate RC, 7100 64 bit. I don't know what version 7600 is... The retail version of Windows 7?
     
  5. poteljito

    poteljito TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Well as you know there are leaks of versions as the OS develops and this one is the latest one. Said to be the RTM(final version). Although it is not it still is the latest ergo the best one? I was wondering maybe there is no need for that build if i download the RC(build 7100) because the RC is updated so it is the same thing. Or is it? Did you see your RC update?
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    My Windows 7 RC 64 bit is fully updated and it still says Evaluation copy, Build 7100. There have been may updates to this version in the last few months
     
  7. poteljito

    poteljito TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Great :D So as i see it i can just download the RC and it will be updated until it comes to the stores and than i can just buy the license and it will work like a charm? :D Btw thanks for all the help!
     
  8. dubwise78

    dubwise78 TS Rookie

    64 or 32 bit

    I just recieved a cheap, new build e- bay 64 bit AMD2 Athlon, 4 gb PC and have pre- ordered Windows 7. I believe both 32 and 64 bit versions are on disc but you have one chance to choose the version, is that right?. I have been told that 32 bit OS's and software work on 64 bit systems (32- bit emulator?), is that right? I have heard there are much less compatability issues with a 32- bit OS. Would Firefox and it's add ons work on a 64 bit OS. I will need to decide which version of Windows 7 to install.

    In the mean time are there issues installing XP 32 bit on a 64 bit PC? I have fairly new hardware/ accessories,

    cheers
     
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,910   +91

    Hi dubwise,
    its all heading towards 64 bit in the future. you can install either they will run fine. yes firefox and its add ons wok on a 64 bit system. 64 bit will 'future proof' as it were your os as more and more programs go to 64 bit. 32 bit programs will run on it as well, might be less than 1% that wont. also if you go with 32 bit you are limited to 4GB of ram(which is actually only 3GB of working memory) with a 64 bit OS you can have up to 128GB of working memory.
     
  10. dubwise78

    dubwise78 TS Rookie

    64 or 32 bit

    Thanks for your reply red, It would be a shame not to take advantage of all those 64 bits and It sounds like the software is starting to catch up now. Think I'll install the 64 vrsn. Amazon UK is offering nearly 50% 0r £80 off pre- ordering Windows 7 Home Premium.
     
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,357   +283

    @EXCellR8 - At least he's giving it a try - can't ask for much more. Hope he likes it as much as some of us have.
     
     
  12. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,357   +283

    Got Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit installed today - managed to back up, do a clean install, and reinstall all my apps in about 3 hours. Make sure you take into account that you cannot upgrade the RC to anything other than Ultimate so I was forced to do a clean install. I was able to do a fast reinstall of all my apps since I keep ISOs of all my application CDs on another machine here and after an install of the OS the first thing I install is Slysoft VirtualCloneDrive. Mount ISOs and install in a hurry.

    So far it's been an excellent experience, except for the ugly new default wallpaper. I really miss the beta fish wallpaper included with the RC.
     
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,910   +91

  14. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    So how long does this free upgrade to Win7 last, until the release date in October? Reason I ask is because I'm on the hunt for a decent laptop computer atm and I would like to take advantage of the offer. Does it vary by the manufacturer?
     
  15. mossian

    mossian TS Rookie

    Computer restarted unexpectedly - installation problem

    I was mid way through an installation of the release candidate of Windows 7 downloaded from Microsoft. It was replacing Vista on a Dell Inspiron 32 bit version.

    I am getting an error message which says "computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed". When I reboot I can't get past this window, and the only options are Windows 7 or windows setup rollback. Neither can load, including in safe mode.

    Any ideas?!

    Ian
     
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Let the Windows 7 install perform a clean install not an upgrade install
     
  17. mossian

    mossian TS Rookie

    How can I do that now? I'll need a bit of a walk through I'm afraid.
     
  18. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Boot off the Windows 7 RC DVD that you created from the downloaded .ISO file you got from Microsoft, and start the Windows 7 install again. Hopefully you get to the drive partition info page. Select the shown partition and then select advanced. Format and then start the install again. I am saying this from memory, so it may be a little different in real life
     
  19. mossian

    mossian TS Rookie

    Great, thanks. That's the one - I got there earlier and pulled back from format as I wasn't sure, I'll do it again...
     
  20. doggzy

    doggzy TS Rookie

    Hi all

    I Must confess i have been a member here for a few years now on and off ,and you have saved me on many occasions ,but i may not visit very often and only when i have troubles.
    So if you would help me out again i will try and give something back .

    I have installed windows 7 and i have to say it is excellent and all is well except i have connected up a western digital SATA hard drive which is formated with ntsf file system and iwas my storage drive on my xp system it jhas no o/s on it and if i boot to my xp o/s all is ok . but windows 7 is asking me to format the drive which i dont want to do because i will lose all the data on it .
    So if anyone has any idears why it is not recognised by windows 7 i would like there thoughts .
    thanks for reading this .
    Jon
     
  21. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Usually XP has to be installed before Windows 7 or even Vista is installed. Try to do an XP repair and see if the two OS's will behave after that
     
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Topic Starter Posts: 12,657   +323

    So 7 sees the drive? In Explorer? There is no reason that I can think of for it to not read that drive. I guess make sure that you have updated sata drivers.... You are certain the drive still is perfect under xp?
     
  23. doggzy

    doggzy TS Rookie

    thanks for your reply i have just clicked the format drive option and in the next dialogue box is stated that the drive is an 80 gig drive which is part of my raid 0 xp installation and not the 500 gig sata drive that i thought it was ,so it seems i am giving you the wrong information .
    Im using an old DFI nf4 ultra motherboard and nvidia dont seem to be supporting raid on the 7 platform .Unless you guys no otherwise .
    So now i shall reboot and disconnect the raid drives even though the raid array is off in bios and see if the 500gig sata drive is recognised in windows 7

    thanks
    jON
     
  24. Demyx11

    Demyx11 TS Rookie

    I heard Windows 7 is a Vista rip-off
     
  25. doggzy

    doggzy TS Rookie

    not sure i agree with its a" vista rip off"
    I think it is vast improvement on vista and fixes most of the issues people had with vista.
     
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