Well well well, on Wednesday the 7th of January Microsoft released Windows 7 beta for the public to test run and see how it works. Me being the geek that I am I couldn’t resist and download it to try out on my laptop (a 4 year old Asus M6Ne) which I did last week Sunday. I have never tried Vista because I heard so many negative things about it so I was kind of sceptic about Windows 7, eventhough people were pretty positive about it.
Vista has been plagued with the legacy of a negative reputation, this is because Microsoft changed the driver model and quite a few things at once. Most heard issues with Vista is the memory usage, resource hog, drivers that don’t work which means hardware not working, UAC popping up everytime etc etc etc etc. I am glad to say that Windows 7 is running quite smoothly and that almost all my hardware was recognized imediately. The only two things that I can’t seem to get working at the moment are the Intel Wireless 2200gb card and my pci modem. Other than that Windows 7 runs pretty smoothly. I really need to get my wireless card working and find a way to see if and how the CPU throttling is. Because I have the feeling that my CPU is running full clock speed, but that could be a figment of my imagination.
As a Windows XP user I really have to get used to how Windows 7 works, specially the control panel, administrative tools etc. But it is getting there, I am very pleased with the beta. Resource wise it takes about 400 – 450MB of RAM and it only runs about 40 processes and responds pretty snappy. But …. it’s a beta so not everything works properly (read not all software works). 🙁 So I can’t fully use it like I would want to. But at least I can fiddle with it and get used to how it works. Yes I know, I am a geek, so sue me. 😛 Anyway here are a few screenshots of Windows 7 on my laptop. If you want to testrun Windows 7 beta this is the place to go: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/
I managed to get the Intel 2200bg wireless card working by downloading the 126.96.36.199_Gen_SW drivers and manually updating the driver in Windows 7 beta. You need to use the Windows XP drivers, the Vista drivers DO NOT work!!! That is why I couldn’t get my wireless working before. Only thing to do is to find the modem drivers and I am set to go. 🙂 Now I can really start using Win7 beta as a replacement for XP to see how it works. That means installing software today. O_o Oh well, a geeks work is never done. 😉
Damn, the CPU isn’t throttling dynamically. It keeps running at max clockspeed (in my case 1,7GHz, Dothan Pentium-M). This is quite disappointing to be honest. I was hoping Win7 would be able to use speedstep to dynamically alternate the CPU clockspeed to conserve power and so that my fan won’t be on most of the time. But then again, I was kind of expecting speedstep not to work since the fan keeps blowing most of the time when working in Win7. Time to google for an solution, which hopefully can be found. Oh and before people start thinking about changing the power settings in Win7. I already did switch to Power Saver mode and fiddled around in those settings. But alas to no avail. 🙁 So if someone knows something or has a solution please post here. Other than that, Win7 seems to be working properly.