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Windows 7 launch events are being held across the country.

Retail deals from chains like Staples also abound.  (Source: Model D Media)
The future of Windows is here

Today is a great day for Microsoft.  After enduring three years of criticism under the Vista era, the company is finally prepared to turn over a new leaf and bask in the critical praise of its new operating system, Windows 7.  Faster, with a richer graphical interface, and with a smaller footprint, Windows 7 is an evolution that improves on Vista in nearly every way.

To kick off the launch, many events and sales are going on across the country today.  Last night CompUSA (now owned by Systemax Inc) held launch events at 10 of its stores.  The first 77 customers at the door received $77 gift cards.  One of the 77 will receive a Windows 7 dual-core PC.  For those who missed the midnight madness, CompUSA will continue to randomly give away copies of Windows 7 throughout the day.

Office Depot is also offering lots of free software, including AVG's Internet Security Suite (regularly $70) to Greeting Card Factory Deluxe (regularly $50).  In total 19 titles are offered on a pay up-front, mail-in-rebate basis.  Get a full list of titles here.

Staples also has some hot offers.  Grab this coupon and a Staples associate will install Windows 7 for you, for free.  You'll also earn $75 off your computer purchase and snag a $500 coupon book.  Get the coupon here.

Microsoft is also a series of events dubbed "the NEW efficiency" across the country.  Some of these events already took place, but some, like and Orange County event on October 26, may still be open.  Check here for more details.

Students can also get an upgrade copy of Windows 7 Home Edition or Professional edition for a mere $30, until January 2010.

Also, those looking to upgrade more than one PC in a single home can look towards the Family Pack which will upgrade three machines to Windows 7 Home Premium.

For those looking to take advantage of Windows 7's new multitouch functionality, you might want to check out the TouchSmart 600xt multitouch PC, one of the first Windows 7 multitouch machines.  Powered by Intel processors and sporting a 23-inch screen at a  $1,049 price tag the device looks like a good value.  It offers support for gesture and multitouch based moves, scrolls, and zooms.

Even if you don't get any special launch deals, Windows 7 should be a deal in itself.  Cheaper than Vista, the OS uses less memory, so it can fit on many netbooks.  The OS also brings DirectX 11 graphics, which AMD/ATI already includes hardware support.

Another of the most promising features of Windows 7 for fans of 2D-retro games or programming professionals is XP Mode.  Available with the Professional and Ultimate editions, this mode offers virtualized versions of Window XP that your programs can operate seamlessly within alongside normal Windows 7 programs. 

Windows 7 looks like a fresh start for Microsoft, but the competition will be tough.  Microsoft will face stronger pressure from the smartphone and netbook markets, albeit not necessarily direct competition.  And they also must compete with a invigorated Apple, which just debuted Snow Leopard and new Macs.

The true test will not be the glowing reviews, the colorful launch events, or the innovative features.  Windows Vista in many respects had all of those.  No, the true test will be the public reception.  The public will make or break the new OS.  And the public will be able to make up their mind, starting today.

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By StraightCashHomey on 10/22/2009 10:01:20 AM , Rating: 5
By the way, I've been using the RC version since it came out to the public. Honestly, I haven't had any oddball errors that you would expect from a RC.

By 3minence on 10/22/2009 1:37:36 PM , Rating: 4
Its definitely an attempt to better control something, but I suspect it's the driver more than the hardware. MS took lots of crap over Vista because of lousy or non-existent 3rd party drivers. I fully support their tightening of the screws on drivers because of potential problems.

Apple has an advantage by fully controlling the hardware, but the cost is less choice. I prefer Windows because I prefer choice.

By The0ne on 10/22/2009 1:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, this happens with certain drivers on certain PCs. It's not consistent as far as I have tested. My two BSOD's comes from bad drivers. One is the bluetooth driver in Windows 7 conflicting with my logitech devices. The second is the Windows 7 update driver for the ATI HD audio. Both of these are problematic and should be disabled from use or installing in the first place.

Use the logitech drivers instead for the bluetooth devices. However, be warn logitech has been an ass about releasing a functional driver for Windows 7 even if they state it's compatible. There are a lot of bugs in the current version.

As for the ATI HD audio problem I have not even bother to mess with it as I use the onboard realtek HD audio and can swtich to my soundblaster if I need better audio and speaker setup.

But again, these are only two that I've found and I more than happen that many of the older PCs I've use Windows 7 on installed flawlessly. That is grace in itself lol.

By The0ne on 10/22/2009 4:59:20 PM , Rating: 2
You're a moron, you contradict yourself. Go away.

By MrBungle123 on 10/22/2009 5:12:56 PM , Rating: 2
Older PCs have no problem running Windows because so little has changed. Microsoft can't make any big changes to Windows without making a lot of hardware and software incompatible.

Uh... its called backward compatibility

That's why there hasn't been any real advancement in computer technology for 15 years.

Tell you what... I'll believe you when you show me a 15 year old system that has enough hardware resources to even run Windows 7... nevermind any programs... just get the OS to load. (the 90 and 100MHz Pentium processors are 15 years old this year)

By Bateluer on 10/22/2009 5:25:33 PM , Rating: 3
No progress in 15 years? Maybe you should load up Windows 95 on that 75Mhz Pentium machine. Report back with your results.

By chick0n on 10/27/2009 12:04:53 PM , Rating: 1
what a dumb fuxking moron.

By Akrovah on 10/22/2009 6:21:15 PM , Rating: 2
Fully controlling what hardware Windows supports will lower customer choice, and therefore, probably lower the number of customers. The ability to use what ever hardware I want so long as there is a driver for it is eminently preferable to being limited only to a selection of hardware that one company thinks I should want. If that measn I have to scour for properly written drivers, then so be it, I'm willing to put in the extra effort to have the freedom.

By Bender 123 on 10/22/2009 1:51:20 PM , Rating: 2
7 is solid and a fantastic upgrade. Got three OEMs and a family pack of upgrades for the media PCs and lappies in my house.

The only errors I ever got, were on my media encoding system...For some reason it would Blue Screen when Zune and Hand Brake were open at the same time...Strangest thing, I could prompt a BSOD by starting a rip and opening Zune. the latest update to Zune took care of that.

It is rock solid and takes a lot of punishment to induce issues. It cleans up after itself well, boots (at least feels like it does) quickly, drivers are everywhere, support from third parties is strong and its a real looker to boot.

My history with Windows is long and I usually upgraded out of a me first sense of geekiness, but Win7 is the first Windows OS since 95 that really makes me want to upgrade, because it is better, not just newer.

I have been running 7 on every system in my house since RC1. Coming to work and using XP, or using Vista feels like torture now. This is the first time I recommend a get in line and upgrade now approach, because this OS is great and the service packs will only add to it.

By MrBlastman on 10/22/2009 3:00:38 PM , Rating: 2
My version of the RC nuked itself in about one weeks time. I can't boot off that partition anymore, "Windows has encountered an unrecoverable error," and can't even repair itself. :(

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