Windows 7 Questions

By SNGX1275
Jan 11, 2009
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  1. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    I'm trying to decide what to do around the launch of Windows 7... w/ hardware and whatnot. I know this system will run the 64-bit version just fine but i was thinking about a small upgrade... specifically with the hard drives. I could continue to use my old IDE drives and install Win7 on my primary... probably dual boot it with XP or I could get a small SATA drive and install it on that. I was thinking my data transfer rate would be faster that way for the new OS.

    I have a 500GB SATA drive that I'm using now for games, and they all run great... so I could use that for my personal stuff and transfer the games to a 1TB drive if I wanted (I have room for 3 HDDs with this case). Of course I could always wait until my next system overhaul, looking at Q2 or Q3 of next year, and worry about the drives then... but I would need to reinstall Win7 or make a disk image if I choose to keep using the IDE drives come October. Not sure what to do... but I'm really eager to get rid of those annoying ribbon cables.
  2. wrozar

    wrozar Newcomer, in training

    Aero Video Enhancements

    Will Windows 7 work on a laptop that does not support the Aero enhancements?

    I have Windows 7 Home Premium. My video card is built into the motherboard and I can not change it. It does not provide support for the Aero enhancements. Can I still install Windows 7 and expect it to work without Aero?

    Thanks,
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    What Operating System are you running now?
  4. wrozar

    wrozar Newcomer, in training

    Windows 7 Question

    I am running Windows XP SP3.
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    As a general rule, if you can run Vista, you can run Windows 7. With my experience with Windows 7, I would be curious to know how your computer runs under Windows 7. I guess it wouldn't hurt for you to try Windows 7
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,273   +258

    VMWare seems to work on Windows 7 - except that for some reason I can't get it to accept my license. I log into the VMWare web console just fine and try to enter the license file by it's a no go. I logged back into the VMWare site and it gives me a license for Windows - but it's not accepted by my local install. I was, however, able to install VMWare Server 2.0.1 and make configuration changes to some existing VMs I had such as memory, processor, and network settings.

    Here's a link to the screenie - figure everyone didn't want to see this boring pic inline
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  7. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 637

    Anybody know how this group licensing is gonna work? I want to get the 3 pack. have 2 Win7 installations at my kids house and 1 for me here at my house. Do they have to all be in the same household, and how can they tell, provided it is supposed to be the same household?
  8. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 246

    i got windows 7 the other day from my school(there is a program where we get a lot of cool software for free) and i love it. it faster than vista, looks better is more user friendly and customizing it is a breeze. my version/build is 6.1.7600
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    thats a good question, would it be the IP address at the time of activation??
  10. CapnYousef

    CapnYousef Newcomer, in training Posts: 40


    Absolutely. I installed the latest 7 build on an old Inspiron from Dell sporting a GMA 900, so absolutely no glamorous Aero but it still was snappy as anything.
  11. waterproof

    waterproof TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 235

    Is it worth going Windows 7 (64 bit)? than a 32bit?
     
  12. CapnYousef

    CapnYousef Newcomer, in training Posts: 40

    I believe (someone correct me if I'm insane?) that Windows 7 will contain both x86 and x64 versions on each disc (jointly) so that you can choose and need not fret at the store. Personally, Windows 7 is moving onward - and part of moving on is the post 2GB RAM era. Since x86 (32bit) OSs from Microsoft run into RAM problems when addressing more than 2.147GB of RAM (even with all the little tweaks you cap at 3.5GB or so), I'd say go x64. There is no harm, companies are much more in-tune with their drivers, and over-all you'll be future proofed.

    In short: there is no harm or extra cost in going x64, and there are only upsides.

    Plus, come 2038 you won't be screwed.
  13. magemofo

    magemofo Newcomer, in training Posts: 23

    How do you install Windows 7? I heard something about having to uninstall Vista first because it could cause problems if Windows 7 was installed over it.
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    As of now, I heard that Windows 7 has to be installed fresh, but there is an upgrade version of Windows 7. If this is true, all past upgrade versions of Windows could be installed over on top of a previous version of Windows
  15. CapnYousef

    CapnYousef Newcomer, in training Posts: 40

    I'd either use a secondary partition or upgrade from Vista, but I've always viewed upgrading as messy so I'm a fresh-format man.
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    I agree CapnYousef,
    I don't use secondary partitions. If the drive fails, you loose both partitions. I use a separate hard drive
  17. jon08

    jon08 Newcomer, in training Posts: 20

    hey guys, i'm still trying to decide whether to install Windows 7 Ultimate x86 or x64 on my bootcamp partition on mac. my macbook pro is a c2d 2.5 ghz + 4 gb ram. now i use windows primarily for some gaming (esp. counterstrike - steam will it work fine?) and to watch PPStream through VMWare/Parallels... is it even worth gettin x64 and risking the potential program/game "incompatibility" hassle?

    another thing: is it true that although most games will work on x64, they will run a bit slower (poorer framerate) than they would on x86?

    please help me with some advice. thanks!
  18. CapnYousef

    CapnYousef Newcomer, in training Posts: 40

    x86 will not produce and compatibility issues x64 wouldn't, 7 is capable of emulating x86 pretty well - only extremely old legacy issues would arise, and from the sounds of it you're not running any easily breakable old accounting software or anything.

    Go x86.
    Use them 4gb of ramz.
  19. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,273   +258

    I think you meant to say Go x64, right?
  20. CapnYousef

    CapnYousef Newcomer, in training Posts: 40

    Yes. Yes I did.
  21. jon08

    jon08 Newcomer, in training Posts: 20

    I see, thanks. Any other opinions?
  22. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,273   +258

    I say go x64 as well. I've got it running on several of my machines now, including my laptop. Haven't had any serious issues with any of them. My gaming machine, my Macbook Pro, my Dell laptop, and my work machine are all running Win7 Enterprise x64. I think I might have an issue with Quake II, but that might just be an SLI problem (I haven't researched it.) All my other games work fine and I don't see a lower frame rate. Plus, with RAM so cheap there's no reason to have less than 4 GB anyway, and if you don't have it now you probably will soon enough. Who wants to re-install their OS just because they added RAM?
  23. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    Remember that you need a 64-bit processor to run a 64-bit Operating System
  24. jon08

    jon08 Newcomer, in training Posts: 20

    ^^ Yeah, I know. I actually have a Core 2 Duo 2.5 Ghz + 4GB RAM MacBook Pro so as far as these two traits are concerned, I won't be able to upgrade as long as I stay on this laptop.

    Btw, what's a SLI problem?
  25. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

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