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Windows 7 Beta

By CG IT ·
I'm currently install Windows 7 beta and about to give it a go. Anyone else out there going to install Windows 7 beta [public]?

There are release notes that I highly recommend one reads before installing Windows 7 Beta.

The good thing is that the hardware requirements for Windows 7 beta are far less than for Vista.

Minimum recommended specs call for:

1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor

1 GB of system memory

16 GB of available disk space

Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme)

DVD-R/W Drive

Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates)

Here's a link for info on Windows 7

here's a link for the release notes:

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by mamies In reply to Windows 7 Beta

I didnt know they had released this but Yes i do believe I am going to give it ago. See if i like it or not, im hoping it doesnt disappoint even though it is only a beta version

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Well, sorta.

by DHCDBD In reply to Windows 7 Beta

I have had the beta version installed since 24 hours after M$ leaked the beta to the torrent sites. Before you challenge the M$ leaking the beta: I have traced the leak back through Googels cashed pages and I'm convinced.

As far as the beta itself. It is a very polished beta which actually feels closer to an RTM. The 32 bit version uses between 323 and 383 megs of ram at idle with Avast home AV and VMWare tools installed. The 64 bit version requires about 427 megs at idle in the same conditions. The speed is at least as fast, if not faster than XP. Both version require about 7.5 gigs of HD space. Both versions report in the logs a possible memory leak when using IPV6. This could be an artifact of VMWare. Both versions are sufficiently close to Vista that the learning curve is minimal. Both versions exhibit aggressive memory management and garbage collection; I left both versions idling for three days, as I did Vista, and the memory use went down rather than up as it did in Vista. Both versions also exhibited acceptable performance when I idled the CPU down to about 500 Mhz. I have yet to decide how to bench mark the OS or to test the security.

If someone wants to be cruel, try the old hack that crashes every version of Windows since 95. Write a program the issues three tabs and five backspaces. I have not done this... yet.

And yes, I am now using the official M$ release. Had within two hours of the reopening of the DL link.

No, I am not an M$ fanboy; I use Linux.

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Just finished download..

by NormH3 In reply to Windows 7 Beta

and will be burning a DVD shortly. I have a few extra PC's lying arond and one should do nicely. Was surprised to read the minimum specs as well.

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I don't do Microsoft's Beta testing

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Windows 7 Beta

They must have thousands of compatible systems in Redmond. Let them do their own testing.

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I prefer to think of it as...

by DHCDBD In reply to I don't do Microsoft's Be ...

staying ahead of the curve, if that is possible with an M$ beta.

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