Do you have fond memories of Window's 3.1's retro graphics? Do you remember the wonder you felt the first time you used thetaskbar?Well we do, and that's why we're using Windows 7 Week as an excuse to take a moment for a quick, visual tour of Windows’ constantly-changing GUI. From 1.01 to Windows 7, we’ll show you how the operating system has gradually evolved from an ugly duckling to snazzy, Aero-powered swan.
Read on, and bask in the warm glow of Windows nostalgia.
Almost as a side note, HP today announced its new Compaq L2105tm touchscreen monitor, dedicating just a few lines to promoting the display in a press release which covered several items.
The 21.5-inch, 1080p display sports a multitouch panel with one finger scrolling and two finger mousing capabilities.. But if you prefer to roll with a stylus, you'll find one jammed conveniently into the side of the monitor. You can even use a gloved finger, says DisplayBlog.com, who points out that the two cameras, infrared light, sensor, and reflective film create a rugged light field capable of detecting just about any type of object.
There was a little bit of marketing glitz on HP's part. According to the OEM, this is the world's first Windows 7 certified monitor, which you means you can plug it in groove to your newly acquired copy of the just-released OS.
So after reading our review of Windows 7, you’re ready to take the plunge and upgrade to Microsoft's new OS. You’ve read our upgrade guide, decided whether you want 32- or 64-bit Windows 7, and bought your retail box. But what if you want to install Windows 7 on a netbook or other computer without an optical drive? Fortunately, you’re not out of luck, because Windows 7 (and Vista, for that matter) can be installed from a USB storage key. Not only does installing from a USB key remove the need for a DVD drive, the install time is also greatly reduced – we shaved off minutes from the total install time. Our step-by-step guide will have you rocking the new version of Windows in no time!
The folks at Gizmodo got a great tip on some sweet deals at a few Fry’s Electronics stores participating in Windows 7 midnight opening.
Eight locations are making the offer and open at midnight tonight for the release of Windows 7. If you pop into your local Fry’s in: Downers Grove, IL, Plano, TX, South Houston, TX, Duluth, GA, Renton, WA, Fountain Valley, CA, San Diego, CA, or Sunnyvale, CA and pick up your copy of Windows 7, you can walk away with some free software too.
With mail-in-rebates, you can get your hands on a bunch of software for the low, low, price of…nothing.
Hit the jump for the full list of which products are part of the offer.
Vista a bust? Yeah, well, I suppose so. But why wait until the day before it’s upgrade appears to say so? Some of those very Vista users are where they are because of a recommendation they received from Dell. Besides a knife in the back of its customers, it sort of undermines Dell’s future sales pitches, doesn’t it?
And Schuckenbrock’s comment seems faint praise for Windows 7. Windows 7: it looks great when you compare it to Vista--which sucked! On that basis so to does XP, or Linux, or OS 9.
Interesting comment from a company that sees Microsoft’s new operating system as a pick-me up for their stagnant computer sales.
Microsoft fully resuscitated Paint in Windows 7 with a major facelift, adding the dreadful-to-some ribbon interface as the top menu bar and incorporating the ability to draw in different mediums, such as a crayon or a watercolor brush. There are also more shape selections available and a rulers and gridline overlay to allow you to draw precise whatever-it-is that you draw in Paint. However, with all this newfound sense of worth, Microsoft’s Paint is still not a program we want to use for cropping and adjusting our digital photos. Thankfully, Paint.NET has been released to help quell the Windows handicap of not having a decent image editing application.
Even with all the hype over Windows 7‘s there seems to be a quiet under current of hesitance. Sure, the pundits and beta testers love it, but what about Joe Six-pack? Maybe he’s not yet convinced. To ease Joe’s concerns Microsoft is offering a Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor that can at least settle Joe’s fears his equipment is ready to go.
The Upgrade Advisor is a relatively useful tool. According to Microsoft’s Upgrade Advisor web page, the Advisor: “scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.” This is a step above a more pedestrian version offered by Dell. Not only do you learn if your hardware is Windows 7 ready, but you get a run down on a lot of the little things that can cause grief during an upgrade: like software compatible and driver availability.
Taking the Advisor for a quick trip I learned that first you need to have .NET Framework installed (version 2 or higher). The Advisor is savvy enough to know if it’s installed, and if not offer to download and start the installation for you. On the two machines I’ve got, one running Windows 7 beta, the other XP, the Windows 7 machine is ready to go, almost. The processor, memory, and hard drive are all sufficient. Aero support exists. But there’s a problematic Nvidia driver. Luckily, the Advisor tells me an update is available.
My second machine, running XP, is not so lucky. But I expected it wouldn’t be: its a MacBook Pro running XP under Boot Camp. According to the Advisor there are ‘issues,’ both hardware and software. I guess that upgrade will have to wait.
Since the dawn of Windows, power-user tipsters (us included) have proffered hundreds of suggestions with the promise of improving your PC’s performance or streamlining its operation. The tip-givers have the best of intentions, but do all of those tweaks, registry hacks, utilities, and “undocumented secrets” really make any difference? To our surprise, in a number of cases, it turns out that tips that sound great on the surface don’t actually do anything when you put the screws to them. And some of those complicated registry hacks are more easily done with tools like TweakUI, saving you a lot of hassle.
We put 25 of the most commonly published XP and Vista performance tips and registry hacks to the test. Do the speed tweaks yield dividends? We clocked performance with PCMark and timed boots and shutdowns repeatedly after making the changes suggested in the tips. In the end, we found that many tips were right on the money, but some were outright wrong or just a waste of time. Some tips fell into the gray area in between, offering some improvement but perhaps not enough to merit the trouble of the hack to begin with.
Read on for our results. You’ll never tweak the same way again!
Harry Potter may have what it takes to defeat the evil wizard Lord Voldermort, but J.K. Rowling's character proved no match for Microsoft, who's upcoming Windows 7 took the Amazon UK preorder crown previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
"The launch of Windows 7 has superseded everyone's expectations, storming ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the biggest grossing preorder product of all-time at Amazon.co.uk, and demand is still going strong," says Brian McBride, Amazon UK MD.
Who cares, right? Not so fast. This serves as more proof that even after stripping away all the marketing hype and rave reviews, people are actually buying the OS rather than being scared off by past failures (Vista) and any fears that their hardware may not be up to snuff.
Or as Gizmodo puts it, "technology is more powerful than magic." To put it into perspective, Windows 7 was able to drum up more sales in the first 8 hours of preorder availability than Vista was able record altogether.
IBM is hoping its latest war cry can somehow pierce the din that Windows 7 seems to be generating. In September, the company struck a partnership with Canonical, the UK-based sponsor of Ubuntu, which resulted in the launch of an Ubuntu-based desktop bundle in Africa.
The IBM Client for Smart Work will only arrive in the U.S. in 2010 despite IBM positioning it to rival Windows 7 – on the brink of launch - in the enterprise market. It will be available both as a run-of-the-mill desktop and as a virtualized desktop.
"If a company is a 'Windows shop,' at some point it will need to evaluate the significant costs of migrating its base to Microsoft's next desktop," said Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software. IBM and chums are clearly targeting those businesses that are not too keen on Windows 7.