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It's not Apple's news, but it's news, isn't it? :)

Download the Windows 7 Beta Here

After pulling the beta Friday night, Microsoft's come back with it, while extending its availability from 2.5 million downloads to January 24th. This beta will work up to August.

To get your product keys:

1. Logon toTechNet by clicking on "Sign in" in the upper right with your Live ID.

2. Click one of the links below get your product key.

Anyone here installed it yet? I have, and I'm loving it a lot. Except for the few minor problems caused on my part.

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Lucky & unlucky me...installed it the 2nd day it was "leaked" and falled in love with it 30min after running it!

then all hell broke loose. It cut off several seconds of all my 4Gb worth of MP3 files...:confused:

Apart from that, IT IS AMAZING! way better than the V word. Windows 7 runs smoother and, "copied" a lot from OS X finder navigation design. Good "copying" this time. :P

REMINDER: MAKE SURE TO INSTALL THE MP3 CUT-OFF FIX after Windows 7 beta installation. It turns out M$ hasn't put the fix in the "official" release after all, since all MD5 and SHA1 values are exactly the same as the "leaked" beta 7000.

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Well, I'm using it since 5 days now, gotta say I've been using V. and my laptop was making so much noise, even when it was clean (no WB, no skins, no docks). After 20 mins of installation, W7 starts in about 14 seconds which is unbelievable (!) I swear, and works so silent, it's crazy. New superbar takes a lot from both Mac and Linux systems, it is really useful. Anyway, after those 5 days I turned on XWindows Dock on it, and it works extremely faster than on Vista which is also nice. But, I can't figure out where "Windows Calendar" and "Windows Mail" disappeared :)

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Well, I'm using it since 5 days now, gotta say I've been using V. and my laptop was making so much noise, even when it was clean (no WB, no skins, no docks). After 20 mins of installation, W7 starts in about 14 seconds which is unbelievable (!) I swear, and works so silent, it's crazy. New superbar takes a lot from both Mac and Linux systems, it is really useful. Anyway, after those 5 days I turned on XWindows Dock on it, and it works extremely faster than on Vista which is also nice. But, I can't figure out where "Windows Calendar" and "Windows Mail" disappeared :)

Haven't you heard? On Win7 they're cutting out PhotoGallery, Mail, Calendar, and many other things to improve performance. And if users really want them, they're gonna ask manufacturers to place a link on the desktop to download the WindowsLive applications. In my opinion I think that's a great idea.

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microsoft hasn't even finished fixing vista yet... and now here's the new disaster (i hope not)... WINDOWS 7.

there not going to fix vista, Windows 7 is vistas replacemend

and it works good (yes I have the beta) exept it (on my notebook) doesnt correctly shutdown

@ mvosx1094

actually Mail is there in

C:program fileswindows mail (I do have it anyway)

and if anyone wants to see how it look like on a normal notebook I have a screenshot on:

http://foxofinfinety.deviantart.com/art/A-...ows-7-109137670

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Looks like Windows has finally come to challenge the cult of the mac. It looks smooth and all amazingness that Vista was most certainly not. But the problem is all touch functonality would come on a computer that is quite expensive, possibly even more so than a mac and that the software will be rediculously price to install on bootcamp. So it seems mac's are not as expensive compared to windows as they sometimes appear. Mac's OS is still better looking and the software thats included in mac os x is completely the tiebreaker. BUT when Snow Leopard is released maybe we will be a little suprised by what mnew core architecture can change and how much better we think mac is still compared to windows.

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I've just installed Windows 7 on my iMac, and I must say it's the first time I'm impressed with a windows. They did a serious job on that one, that's for sure. I'm considering buying my first windows license if it keeps being that good. It won't replace Mac OS, that's for sure, but it feels fresh, speedy, and even stable o_0.

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reason of keeping windows was always games and now for me studies - programming in c++, but it feels like I'm finally happy off my win-laptop. seriously. can you imagine that asus machine, with 1ghz+, 2gb ram, nvidia go 9600, 300gb HD was making so much noise, the fan was working all the time even without nothing installed, just vista. and now? silence.

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there not going to fix vista, Windows 7 is vistas replacemend

and it works good (yes I have the beta) exept it (on my notebook) doesnt correctly shutdown

@ mvosx1094

actually Mail is there in

C:program fileswindows mail (I do have it anyway)

and if anyone wants to see how it look like on a normal notebook I have a screenshot on:

http://foxofinfinety.deviantart.com/art/A-...ows-7-109137670

But there's no mail application in it, its just Windows Contacts ;)

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i think that's good. better to have nothing if you anyway will decide to use thunderbird :) coz windows live is kinda hmmm nice but for me its design is hard to read, hard to see.

bad, that they left windows calendar, because it was not so bad, and integrating it into mail is kinda forcing me to use mail.

funny, I've installed so much stuff, and still starting fast as rocket. I would say 'how they did it?'

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odd I have the complete program...

And I have found one problem with Windows 7:

it doesn't recognize the build in trackpad and keyboard in the ACER Aspire 1640z

(and I have that laptop)

Go to their website and see if they have drivers (use the Windows Vista version, of course). My Compaq didn't have the video card recognized by Windows 7 but after installling the drivers from HP's website, everything was smooth as butter.

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Has anybody with Windows XP attempted to install Windows 7 in the same disk and in a separate partition?

And of course multi-booting between both? Is that possible?

Edit

I'm not requesting someone to try this, I'm just asking if someone has already done this and if he/she was successful or not. :)

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Has anybody with Windows XP attempted to install Windows 7 in the same disk and in a separate partition?

Yes, I've done this with my fiance's Acer AspireOne Netbook. It's running XP. I partitioned the internal drive, put Win7 on the 2nd partition and am dual booting right now with both XP & Win7. It's working fine without issue.

Btw, Win7 runs amazingly fast and responsive, even on par with XP if not a little more snappy. The only problem I have right now with it is that some of the Hotkey combinations which require a little Acer app to invoke (for instance, fast monitor output switching, and volume controls,) do not work, and I cannot find a functioning utility (Vista compatible) from Acer to install. (And I have already extracted and attempted to install the original XP utility from Acer's installer directory that came with it's OS.)

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I've managed to install W7 on virtual PC 2007, but it's as slow as treacle mainly because as I've not got enough memory.

What I've seen so far it looks good, I'll give it a good workout once I upgrade, fingers crossed in the next few months.

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