Windows7 Take 1

February 2, 2009

Microsoft Windows

I finally got around to downloading and burning a DVD of Windows7 beta.
It was a close run thing, as I was also busily downloading openSUSE 11.1; that’s next πŸ™‚

The first machine that came to hand was a splendid Dell Latitude D610, with the following spec.:

  • Pentium M 1.8GHz
  • 1.5Gb RAM
  • Intel 915GM integrated graphics
  • Broadcom BCM 4309 a/b/g wireless
  • 14″ XGA (1024×768) LCD
  • 40Gb 2.5″ IDE hard disk

No exotic hardware… so there were no driver issues πŸ™‚

Observations during/post the install:

  1. At the very first “Get ready to install” screen, the helpful “Guide to installation” makes copious references to Windows Vista installation πŸ™‚
  2. Once you press the “Go install” button you have the option to choose a partition on which to install Windows7.
  3. Windows does like its restarts πŸ™‚
  4. I don’t mind, as I like the Win7 logo… I’m a sucker for the shiny lights, and cylon-like flashing bar.
  5. Having to enter a license key is still weird for me… as I’ve only ever used corporately pre-activated Windows builds and Linux.
  6. Faultless detection of wireless hardware, slick connection to the access point, smooth instant download of new patches. An altogether reassuring experience.
  7. The D610 scores a 1.0 out 7.9 on the Windows Experience Index…all due to the rather poor performance of the integrated video card. Doesn’t matter – I wasn’t expecting a killer gaming machine!

Altogether, a nice first pass.

Next up for the Windows7 treatment will be the Latitude XT (first generation) tablet.

[Edit: for handy Latitude XT installation notes, please see the comment from Andy. Nice one, thanks for sharing!]


One Response to “Windows7 Take 1”

  1. ndy78 Says:

    Hi Dan,

    I just stumbled across this rather old posting while looking for info if my Latitude XT would work with 7.

    I just installed Windows 7 64, these are my experiences. The system boots up in under a minute including logon, compared to 3 minutes with factory preinstalled Vista 32 – excluding logon.

    – working things: LAN, WLAN, Touchscreen (single touch), Sound, Touchpad (no scrolling, downloaded Dells Vista 64 Touchpad driver and installed it using the compatibility wizard – ran fine), Pointing knob.

    – not initially working things: VGA (7 downloaded a driver through Windows Update – made it bluescreen with Win32k.sys; had to download 7 driver from ATI, took the 3100 series integrated one, even if it didnt show the 1200 series there; after installation I had to manually select “update driver” in device manager and make it install the driver that the ATI installer copied to the hard disk); Multitouch (had to download N-Trig SW for 7:

    After all I’m very happy with the kit now, I got a Windows benchmark score of 3.4.

    Best regards,

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