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Microsoft Windows 7 Release Date Announced

Microsoft has announced a date of October 22, 2009 for release of its newest operating system, Windows 7. Do you plan to upgrade? Take the poll.

Microsoft has announced a date of October 22, 2009, for release of its newest operating system, Windows 7. Do you plan to upgrade? Take the poll.

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With all the bad press -- and bad experiences -- with Windows Vista, the newest release of Microsoft's operating system might be accepted a bit more favorably. As with all things, however, time will tell. Nonetheless, if what I've read from a couple of different sources is correct, the release date for Windows 7 will be October 22, 2009 -- in plenty of time for your holiday shopping enjoyment (and spending).

My sources:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8081003.stm

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090602/tc_pcworld/windows7releasewhathappensbetweennowoct22_1

I upgraded to Vista from Windows 2000 Professional two years ago, having skipped XP all together, because the applications I was running necessitated the upgrade. As such, I won't be upgrading to Windows 7 for at least a year after its initial release, with the exception of putting it on an isolated machine so I can better familiarize myself with it.

I would never recommend upgrading simply for the sake of it, but many organizations have been on Windows XP for seven or eight years, and, for a variety of reasons, they might be ready to take the plunge.

Take the poll. Will you be upgrading to Windows 7? And regardless of your answer, yes or no, explain why in the following discussion.

50 comments
jeremial-21966916363912016372987921703527
jeremial-21966916363912016372987921703527

My company is actually in the midst of a complete desktop virtualization project, of which I am the PM (more than a little scary place to be when you're talking 2000 users). We are currently on XP SP3, and will be using this on Day 1 of the rollout. However, once the conversion is complete, we'll be looking into migrating to Windows 7. I currently have it on several VMs, so I can become more familiar with it.

bert
bert

Yes. I'm running Win2000, WinXP, WinVista and Win7 RC now, will replace Win7 RC with the released version.

d_handler@sbcglobal.net
d_handler@sbcglobal.net

Will wait while others bang their heads against the wall. When proven in comsumer enviroment, will consider switching.

stevem
stevem

I'm running Windows 7 on my tablet PC, with no problems. I also tested it on a Dell Optiplex 360 with 2GB of RAM, and found it to behave OK. I have not yet decided how far to go with an upgrade/deployment since we are still largely an XP/VISTA house. However, W7 will become part of our environment at some point in the future.

southpa38
southpa38

I've bata tested 7 since Jan/09 Yes I will be buying 7 soon. Still can't use MS IE 8 successfully. Still locks up in any sub-file use is in yahoo.Games

tep0583
tep0583

On what kind of deals they are giving at release. So far, both the beta and the RC have been usable for me, with some annoyances, all of which save one are gone in the current version of the RC. The HTPC I'm putting together will probably never see another OS but 7, provided I don't run into a major issue that would necessitate a move to something else. One of the reasons I plan to early adopt there is for the better support for tuners that Windows 7 reportedly has. On my main home PC, it has been flawless, so I will probably update at the same time, barring some late reason not to. I'll know better as the release date nears.

tlimahr
tlimahr

I will admit that the beta versions of 7 that I have seen are far superior to vista. Even if you do upgrade how long before a patch makes it worse or the next OS release comes out and they try to force everyone to upgrade like they did with vista and it turns out to be another flop of an os. Personally I am done with Microsoft. I will extend a thanks to the big M though because if it was not for their OS's many techs would be out of work.

hmiller
hmiller

i dont' plan on upgrading until next year. i liked the way vista looked, and that would be all. i just hope i will be able to afford windows 7 when i decide to upgrade.

eastfish
eastfish

I'll do anything to get rid of Vista!

joe
joe

Being a system admin myself, i have been testing the bea and rc version myself and put them of a few number of users at work who turned down vista before(like thei brand new laptops came with vista but demand xp back). but they are in love with the windows 7 user interface. they are finding application compatibility is even better than Vista. So far, they like it and no compliant like that of the Vista. Thats say something positive about WIndows 7

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

My reasons unfortunately are many and various. My primary reason was somewhat foisted onto me by my XP Pro install disc. It has an inherent flaw which appears to be part of its 'pressing'. Wherever this commercial disc originated from, the fault was already on-board. It constantly fails during the initial stages of the install, at the point of accessing the I386 folder. It's a glitch that recurs every time I've tried to use it. Even generating an ISO and running from that still perpetuates the fault. Then along came Windows 7 RC (I'd not had a chance to try out the Beta version because the system was being worked on by Tech Engineers then ultimately the Manufacturer on an RTB repair.) I've been running it from HOUR 2, and it's not let me down at all yet. I'm impressed by how intuitive it appears to be, yet I reckon the retail release will have less diagnostics on-board, which will be a pity. Though I might be wrong in that respect, maybe M$ will retain the diagnostics. There are certain aspects to Windows 7 RC that initially stunned me, not least the Event Viewer - it's like being hit round the head with a Royal Standard Version as opposed to a Gideons Bible. I'm also very pleased with the new concept of Libraries, allowing for the more sloppy users to still maintain some grasp of where their files are (assuming of course that they are bright enough to understand the concept of Libraries - and that is definitely NOT a given!). From the point of memory, 7 appears to be more RAM-efficient. In certain instances it appears to use less system RAM than XP ever did and the program implementation is identical. I recently invoked the Windows XP Mode and that works like a dream - far better than any virtual PC implementation I've ever used before. The only programs I have had difficulty with are a couple of PC games: 'X3:Terran Conflict' will not run at all, and 'Falcon 4:Allied Force' runs but has corrupted graphics. However, BOTH of these games run smoothly within Windows XP Mode. I cannot comment to any degree as to how similar or how better Windows 7 RC is to Windows Vista, because I never installed Vista. My only contact with Vista has been on other users' problematic machines and that would not be a fair basis upon which to pass judgement. When I initially installed it I expected it to be a pile of crap (mostly because of my anger with my XP Pro failed installs) but, as I've already said, I'm still waiting for 7 to do something that annoys me. No - I'll be upgrading to the Windows 7 Retail but perhaps not in October, being Scottish I'll wait to get my 'money's worth' out of the RC until it begins shutting down every 2 hours around March 2010. ;) Edited for single typo - dammit!

dankell
dankell

Next Financial Year for the corporate machines. Might switch personal machine at work quickly though for support

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

1. When has MS Met a release date on an OS in the last ten years or so? They usually slip then get rushed to market with so many holes they make Swiss cheese look like solid walls. 2. Why are they releasing Win 7 so far ahead of the date they gave when they released Vista, after all they keep telling us how great Vista is and how well it's being accepted by the market? Or do you think they've been lying to us? ............ If they make it so it will natively run software designed for XP perfectly, they'll have a winner.

Jaqui
Jaqui

use windows? not until it's F.L.O.S.S. and we all know MS won't release sources.

wriley02
wriley02

I have running Windows 7 since the beta release. I am now evaluating RC1 for work and I think it will be a great improvement over Vista and XP. Those who are still running XP should plan for the new GUI, it is a big change for XP.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

At some point in the future I won't be able to get XP drivers for new hardware. At some point we'll want to run an application that won't run under XP. At that point we'll begin deploying new systems with W7 on them. Until then, V and W7 will remain on a limited number of systems strictly within IT and R&D.

carlsf
carlsf

I use Vista Ult 64bit classic interface, on my main PC (8gb RAM RAID 0 and 1) and a three year old ASUS notebook with 1gb RAM it runs allright, running VISTA Prem, in the classic interface. If MS ofer me a FREE or mim $25 upgrade option I may consider it. I still see alot of changes going from VISTA to Win 7 interface wise which does NOT thrill me. What I would like MS to offer on start of install would be a option which interface will you be using "1) CLASSIC" or "2) WIN7" and install the necessary components.

Joe_R
Joe_R

.... in that it's not as stable as it should be, has bugs, and so on. Then MS shortly released Windows 2000 Professional, which, I thought, was a great release. I ran that OS for a LONG time. If Windows 7 follows suit, it'll surely be a winner.

Joe_R
Joe_R

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Joe_R
Joe_R

Thanks for sharing.

Joe_R
Joe_R

The closest of all that I read.

Joe_R
Joe_R

At least have it on one machine to be on the leading edge of familiarity.

Joe_R
Joe_R

[i]When has MS Met a release date on an OS in the last ten years or so?[/i] I have no idea. I suppose with a bit of research, a person could find out. (A person other than yours truly, of course.) [i]They usually slip then get rushed to market with so many holes they make Swiss cheese look like solid walls.[/i] I think it was like that with Vista, but it wasn't with Windows 2000, at least as far as I can recall. [i]Why are they releasing Win 7 so far ahead of the date they gave when they released Vista.....[/i] Maybe because of the negative feedback they've received on Vista. [i].....after all they keep telling us how great Vista is and how well it's being accepted by the market? Or do you think they've been lying to us?[/i] Maybe because of the negative feedback they've received on Vista. [i]If they make it so it will natively run software designed for XP perfectly, they'll have a winner. [/i] Let's hope so.

Joe_R
Joe_R

..... as a [i]not only no, but hell no[/i] vote. For anyone who might be wondering: F.L.O.S.S. = free/libre/open source software (At least, that's what I think it means.)

Joe_R
Joe_R

..... at least not yet.

justinrulli23
justinrulli23

I have been working with both Windows 7 64 bit and 32 bit for a about 6 months, I recently put on windows 7 RC1 and it runs much smoother since the RC1 was released over the beta, I will on the other hand have to wait at least 6 months to make sure everything is to an acceptable level, Internet Explorer 8 and all.

Joe_R
Joe_R

So far, 61 percent are upgrading, 22 percent are not, and we're in the 17 percent who will, but only on an isolated machine.

bfpower
bfpower

We'll get an enterprise agreement for W7 within 6 months of the release, and the technical staff will preview it extensively. After another 6 months, we'll upgrade across the board. It's going to be a killer, though. We've been hanging on to some legacy software (FileNET Web Services, for instance; the web client we use requires IE6) that will need to be upgraded or phased out.

mkb091d
mkb091d

I voted yes as I have installed Win 7 RC and like it. Actual upgrades will depend on the upgrade prices for both Vista and XP.

mark-at-pirate-hill
mark-at-pirate-hill

I liked Windows 7 rc x64,works great, but it blue screened on me because of a flash drive on a restart. I have Vista x64 on the same 'puter in a dual boot config, but it only kills 7. Go figure. Fixed it with a repair disk I had made, and thought maybe it was just a one time fluke. But I was able to make it break over and over again where it should not have. I'm sure they'll fix it soon.

mbloemer
mbloemer

I have been running the 64 bit RC since it came out. It is stable, fast, reliable. I don't hvae to boot it every day (like Vista). The speed increase over Vista is unbelievable. All my apps run great. So YES, I will be upgrading.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

there is no Maybe option. There ae still lots of annoyances I have with Win 7, so I still am not planning on switching from XP for my MS OS, however, I have not ruled out Win 7 in the future.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Vista, on the proper hardware, isn't bad. ME stank on ice.

Jaqui
Jaqui

Yup, F.L.O.S.S. = Free / Libre, Open Source Software. but if MS did release sources than it's a maybe. :D

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

one and a lot more people come across it on what they buy in stores. That's when the fan became real brown last time. At the moment we've a lot of knowledgeable tech people testing the system in controlled situations, and that' s not the same as general usage, but a good indicator is getting better. I still think the big tell will be if it natively runs any XP compatible program with full capability and compatibility - natively and not in a special virtual machine type sandbox.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

Exaclty? Please qualify what that means.

Joe_R
Joe_R

I wonder if it'll be fixed with the initial release? Or SP1...... or SP2...... Thanks for the heads-up.

Joe_R
Joe_R

I'll be upgrading my home computer to be sure. Thanks for sharing your experiences with it.

Joe_R
Joe_R

Perhaps I should have added a [i]Maybe[/i] option, but my thought was to gauge those who are actually planning to immediately upgrade. Based on my past attempts to add an option to a poll, if I do, it might mess up the selections already cast. I would count [i]maybe[/i] as a no - rephrased as, no, I'll wait and see how it's received.

Jaqui
Jaqui

pipe dream. MS will never release sources. :D but I think you have better contacts to get the challenge out into the media than I do. run with it, get the idea out there. let MS pony up, AND let the open source community pony up with the patches to fix it. the challenge actually does go both ways.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

"But how long would it take that same open source community to take the source code, build upon it, and eventually come up with a product that would blow Windows, as we know it, out of the water?" About how long it takes them to delete just over half the code and retype about ten percent of the code.

santeewelding
santeewelding

They've harnessed quantum entanglement, and let us see only the buggy edge of it. That way, they could open it up and who would know what to do with it? No more fantastic than what you guys are talking about.

Joe_R
Joe_R

I agree with you - Microsoft will never release its source code because it's contrary to their business model. And in a way, why mess with a very successful business model? Microsoft is probably the most successful [i]hated company[/i] in history. Why change now? I also agree that your open source community could indeed be quick to find and patch the bugs. [i]Patch Tuesday[/i] - interesting concept. But how long would it take that same open source community to take the source code, build upon it, and eventually come up with a product that would blow Windows, as we know it, out of the water?

Jaqui
Jaqui

I don't think it is likely at all. Microsoft has to much invested in the "proprietary" software business model to make the change to the open source business model. If I'm wrong and they did release the sources... Try a "patch tuesday" with a service pack every month for a few months. There are enough people in the open source community who would start finding and fixing the flaws that create the holes in MS' products to generate that much change until it's all been patched. Something like a million or two man hours a month in programmer time DONATED to MS to fix the security issues. a new exploit found? patched in hours, tested and update able within a day. tested on a greater variety of hardware, with a greater variety of configurations than even MS can afford to do. hmm, maybe a challenge for MS for after win 7 is released. Release the Vista code. see how long it takes for it to be made something people would be happy to use. edit to add: I really don't think they would ever release the sources, that would be a loss of control over the software that is completely counter to their business model.

Joe_R
Joe_R

..... Microsoft will ever release its source code for you and like-thinkers? If no, why don't you think so? If yes, what would (could) that mean?

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

RC1 till at least march 1st. Then I will purchase Windows 7 fully. So you buy on day 1 it seems!

justinrulli23
justinrulli23

Any extra bug fixes and known updates at the moment are what I am implying, granted the OS is great so far, but I want to see how it progresses since I have the RC1 till at least march 1st. Then I will purchase Windows 7 fully.

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