Sunday, May 10, 2009

Windows 7 RC on ThinkPad W500

Today I replaced Vista (32-bit) on my Thinkpad W500* with shiny new Windows 7 RC (64-bit). Now just waiting for Fedora 11 to be released for dual boot with Windows – yeah, sometimes Virtual Machine is not enough!

In summary, Win7 is just awesome! Installation went smooth. Post-install some problems I faced:

- Switchable graphics didn’t work. However, ATI card works normally with switchable graphics driver (for Vista64) from Lenovo site. But since switchable graphics does not work, you have to set BIOS to use Discrete Graphics as default. I’m not much into computer gaming (occasionally NFS MW, AOE), so I have just set BIOS to Integrated Graphics considering I’m going to dual-boot with Linux once Fedora 11 is released (Linux and ATI are not good buddies).

- Fingerprint device didn’t work. Tried Fingerprint driver for Vista64 from Lenovo site but installer bails out with error “Lenovo Fingerprint Software is not supported on this version of Windows”. Didn’t try any further – its not so important :)

- Few Software incompatibility issues: MagicDisk could not mount ISO (and any other disk image) files. So, currently I have no way to mount such images. Again, not a showstopper. All “essential” stuff works perfectly – Firefox 3, Thunderbird 2, VMware Workstation 6.5.2, Sun VirtualBox 2.2.2, Vim 7.2 (failed to add “Edit with Vim” context menu entry), Visual Studio 2008, Adobe Reader 9, VideoLAN 0.9.9, Office 2007.

Keeping aside above problems, system seems much more responsive than (pre-installed) Vista crap – primarily I think due to full use of 4G RAM (pre-installed was Vista 32-bit. eh!). Startup is fast – Login screen appears within ~30 secs. Shutdown has “Force Shutdown” option – so if something is stuck during shutdown, you have option to kill that pig and proceed with shutdown. Neat.

Overall, this RC is impressive and really, this is how Vista should have been. There is nothing even remotely radical in Win7 over Vista/XP but surely good step forward in terms of performance and stability.

* Configuration: Intel Core 2 Duo (T9600, 2.8GHz), RAM: 4G, Win7 partition: 132G (~35G for Linux), Video: Switchable Graphics (Intel 45 Express + ATI FireGL V5700), Display: WUXGA (1920x1200), Wireless: Intel 5300AGN.

2 comments:

  1. You should try daemon-tools (daemon-tools.cc) for your ISO mounting needs. Just make sure to pay attention during the install process so you don't end up changing your homepage etc.

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  2. List of important software which works with win 7 64:
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    Main Software:
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    Adobe Acrobat Reader
    Firefox: addons: foxmarks, delecious, google notebook , undo close tab
    Open Office: addons: Open office to google sync
    (Optional) IBM Lotus Symphony Office Suite

    Tools and Utils:
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    HDTune - Harddisk Benchmark/ tune utility
    FinePrint
    Crimson Editor
    Diskpie
    duplicate file finder
    RamDisk: http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/05/27/free-ramdisk-for-windows-vista-xp-2000-and-2003-server/
    Magic ISO
    Power ISO: ISO mount
    7-Zip
    Free download manager
    Avast Antivirus
    DivX
    GPU Stress testing: rthdribl: http://www.daionet.gr.jp/~masa/rthdribl/
    Microsoft Process Explorer v11.33: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx
    Allway Sync
    Sync Toy 2.0
    JDiskReport by JGoodies
    Ghost Script and Ghost View
    DJVu View
    Yahoo Gadgets

    Development:
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    visual studio express
    JDK
    Netbeans
    Jdeveloper
    Eclipse
    QT Creator IDE
    sql developer
    oracle db
    java ee
    tomcat
    glassfish
    weblogic (comes with jdev 11g)
    JBoss
    Ghost Script

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