Formerly codenamed Blackcomb and Vienna, Windows 7 is Microsoft’s latest operating system. Windows 7 was announced in 2007 after the launch of it’s predecessor Windows Vista. Microsoft claims Windows 7 would not vomit compatibility issues at the user and it’ll be an incremental update to the previous operating system from Microsoft. Windows 7 is believed to be more user centric than previous operating systems from Microsoft. Some of the major enhancements incorporated into Windows 7 are support for multi-touch display, brand new shiny Windows Shell with a shinier taskbar, performance improvements and a whole lot of sugary stuff Microsoft claims, just like they did in their previous operating systems. An operating system is like a woman in your life. Every new one is supposed to be better than the previous one. You realize the truth only after a passage of time.
I got my hands on Windows 7 Beta 1 (build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400), the one that is rumored to be released widely later during January. The Beta 1 is similar to the M3 versions released to the testers earlier. This beta version is quite stable as compared to the M3 releases and the code can easily qualify for a release candidate build. I’ve tested the previous builds and this one I must say is quite stable and a performance booster. I’ll be posting my reviews on Windows 7 Beta 1 every single day. Let’s start with the installation part today!
Windows 7 Beta Installation
Microsoft made a major shift as far as an operating system installation is concerned with Windows Vista. Windows 7 comprises of a very similar installation to Vista, only it’s much quicker and less annoying. On a powerful system the installation takes anywhere between 15-20 minutes or less and on any medium powered system (like mine), it takes around 20-25 minutes. There are fewer steps involved during installation and the OS doesn’t keep you from getting started once the installation is removed (remember the performance test after a Vista installation? No more!). Windows 7 requires at least 10GB of free storage space on your primary partition. You can choose to either upgrade to Windows 7 from a previous Windows installation or make a clean install.
I’ll post the Windows 7 user interface and first impressions soon!