This time around, i've decided to leave beta and RC builds alone and grab Windows 7 in final stage.
And so i've installed it yesterday on my netbook and PC. And first impression is really good. I mean really really good. I was happy with Vista, but this thing is even better. Not much from functionality part, but more like an polished version of Vista.
Installation went pretty fast for both, DVD installation and USB installation for netbook.
I've used this tool called WinToFlash (http://wintoflash.com
) to make bootable Windows 7 USB drive.
Lexar Lightning II 4GB drive was used. No problems at all!
There were loads of drivers already detected during installation and many during Windows Update check.
I guess Microsoft was trying even harder to provide all the needed drivers for as painless install as possible. No problems with drivers later. Other vendors were prepared for Windows 7 as well.
Interface isn't significantly different, but it's giving a warm good feeling of something new. Everything is transparent, glowing, really pleasant for my eyes. I'm still missing funky animations from hardware accelerated version of Ubuntu's interface, but that might get in the way after initial fun. Still, Microsoft has done a good job with interface.
Especially taskbar. At first i thought it's thickness will get in the way, but it doesn't. Not even on small netbook's screen. And there is bunch of small details that really make Windows 7 interface unique. In Vista, sure, Aero Glass was nice, but it had that feeling of blending Windows XP with transparency. Windows 7 interface doesn't look anything like it. Just like i said, it's all in fine details.
Performance is another impressive part. I have my system fast enough for any OS, but the fact that Windows 7 runs beautifully on ACER Aspire One with all eye candy enabled is impressive by itself.
I haven't tried games yet, but programs work really well. What's interesting is also the fact that my system is cooler with Windows 7 for some reason. It might be a fluke, but CoreTemp is showing 2 to sometimes even 3 degrees lower temperatures of my CPU in idle or casual desktop usage (browsing and foobar2k). Nothing scientifically confirmed though, it just caught my eye.
I'll have to test games, but i think the results will be just as impressive as everything else so far.