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The wait is finally over!

Many enthusiasts have been looking forward to the launch of Windows 7 since the launch of Windows Vista. Lack of drivers, slow speeds, greater hardware requirements, and a new user interface didn't sit well with the public. Although highly touted, Vista was a disappointment to many people who decided to stick with Windows XP until something better came.

That "something better" has arrived today. Windows 7 has launched with record sales, according to online giant Amazon and several European retailers.

The new OS is available in six editions with both 32 and 64-bit versions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Home Basic and higher editions are supersets of lower editions and contain all of the features of the editions below it.

The data for all editions of Windows 7 is contained on a single DVD. This allows an electronic upgrade to be accomplished quickly once Microsoft sends the electronic authorization to your computer. Theoretically, you can upgrade from the Starter edition to the Ultimate edition within fifteen minutes.

The list of hardware requirements shouldn't strain any computers released in the last few years. As a minimum, Win7 requires a CPU running at 1Ghz. 1GB of RAM is needed for 32-bit editions and 2 GB RAM is needed for 64-bit editions. 16GB and 20GB of hard drive space are required respectively. The new OS requires a DirectX 9 graphics card as a minimum, along with drivers supporting WDDM 1.0 or higher.

Unlike Vista, driver support from device manufacturers is very strong due to the long public beta testing period. Most Vista drivers are compatible with Windows 7, although in some cases minor tweaks are required. Many 64-bit drivers have also been released as OEMs increasingly standardize on 64-bit editions of Windows.

Many enthusiasts are using Win7 as an opportunity to move to a 64-bit operating system. Others are looking at this as a good opportunity to either build or purchase a new computer, or to upgrade motherboards, CPUs, and other components.

DirectX 11 is one of the big features of the new OS. Hardware tessellation, multithreaded rendering, and the use of Shader Model 5.0 will enable games to run faster while looking more realistic.

The only GPU manufacturer currently making DirectX11 hardware is ATI. They first released Windows 7 drivers in March, and are releasing Catalyst 9.10 today as part of their Windows 7 support. WHQL qualified Catalyst drivers are updated monthly, and are available in 32 and 64-bit editions.

Laptop and netbook users are being specially target with several new features, but all users will benefit. Windows 7 runs with much fewer background activities than Vista. That means that the CPU doesn't work as hard and so draws less power. Other innovations include less power consumption during DVD playback (handy on long flights), automatic screen dimming, powering off of unused ports, and a more accurate battery-life indicator.

Some OEMs have been showing a consistent PC sales slowdown for the last month. Although almost all of them were offering a free upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista, most consumers have preferred to wait for a PC with Windows 7 preinstalled.

OEMs are launching hundreds of new products using Windows 7, while also repackaging older models with the new OS. Several OEMs that DailyTech spoke with confirmed that they had been holding back some products until today.

"It didn't make sense for us to launch new products with Vista or XP and then launch new Win7 SKUs a month later," stated one source.

"We'll be switching entirely to Win7 across our product line anyway," he elaborated.

Microsoft sees the sales of the Windows 7 product lineup in a bell curve. The vast majority of sales will be Home Premium for consumers while Professional will be the choice for most businesses and enthusiasts. The majority of Windows sales will be 64-bit, with over 75% of total Windows 7 sales through OEM installations.

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RE: Hype-blind
By Belard on 10/22/2009 2:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
While some issues with vista has been fixed in the SP1 & Sp2... vista STILL sucks. Still spends minutes booting up.

I've been using WIn7Rc for months, and withing a second after the desktop is displayed - I can start DOING things.

With XP on same computers... its another 15~20 second wait.
With Vista... minutes.

Vista had to SUCK that bad to make Win7 better... so this is a good thing. If we HAVE to use MS-OS, it should be very good and better than the last. Vista failed. The numbers show it.

Out of ALL the people I know in real life, only 1 loved Vista, and I considered him an idiot (before he got vista). 2 friends who have Vista notebooks... well, they lived with it, but we not thrilled and would put XP on their computers if they could. The rest, replaced vista with XP.

Every Business desktop and notebook that ship with WinXP downgrade - still counted as a Vista "sale" to Microsoft, they inflated their units. :(

You won't find anyone buying vista anymore, for any reason. XP is still more usable and will sell for a little while longer until the remaining stocks run out.

RE: Hype-blind
By leexgx on 10/23/2009 12:02:47 PM , Rating: 2
what you posted sums up what i would of posted

i am an computer tech gui i go round fixing computers most of the time so i see all sorts of systems (what some computer company's was smoking when they think vista is remotely usable on 512MB of ram its some times barely usable on 1gb of ram)

XP is far better to work with it does take 10-20 secs to be able to use stuff on XP (on desktop load)
vista hmm 1 min seems to be pushing it really if you got 1gb of ram + antivirus yes it can be 1-5 mins before the system is really usable, 2gb ram is far better but still slower then XP
win7 soon as the desktop loads you can norm lunch any thing and will open within good time (have to remember background programs are still loading antivirus norm big one)

i prefer to fix XP systems over vista or 7 due to they are norm not that hard to fix most spyware problems and the removal programs take less time, my brothers PC will still be using XP due to me needing to use recovery software and XP does not scan folders like vista and 7 does (makes trying to recover data of an half dead disk/bad sectored drive annoying) also Vista and 7 have no option to ignore all errors when trying to change security settings on files and folders you have to keep your hand on the i button where as XP does

i use an SSD in my system (win7) so it could be hiding performance problems (vista+SSD = norm pc as SSDs Love random I/O) but both of my laptops are using norm disks and are 3-7 times slower spec wise then my desktop and they work well with win7

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