Windows 7

Windows 7

When I found out about the BETA release of Windows 7 I pointed my browser straight to the website to grab a copy as soon as I could..

Once downloaded I found my self with a DVD sized ISO and no blank DVD’s! DOH!!

Luckily, Windows 7 doesn’t seem to mind being install from a virtual CD drive kindly provided by Alchohol 120%.

After an unusually quick install of around 30 minutes, my laptop was booted up and was begging to be played with…

The laptop I used for this experiment is a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2000.. Which only has a 1.5 Ghz Centrino Mobile Processor in, and 1GB of ram. So I presummed from the start that this would be a very slow and painfull trial.

I am pleased to say, the performance of Windows 7 is outstanding.. Imediatly it appears to be much quicker then Windows Vista was straight off the shelf.

Small downside, none of my drivers appear to be installed.. Apart from the network card… So at least I am able to get online!

My system rating, as provided by Windows 7 is a measly 1.0. However this is lowered by the poor graphics card in the Fujitsu. My best score being 3.5 for the RAM. Even with such a small score, the overall performance is more then acceptable.

Processor (1.5Ghz Centrino) – Calculations per second  –  Sub Score: 2.7
Memory (RAM) – Memory operations per second – Sub Score: 3.5
Graphics – Desktop performance for Windows Aero – Sub Score: 1.0
Gaming Graphics – 3D Business and gaming – Sub Score 1.0
Primary hard disk – Disk data transfer rate – Sub Score 2.9

I was intending on installing 7, trailing it and then removing it… However, I am steering more towards testing it right up until actual release..

This does however pose a question for me, as I was looking at getting a new laptop in the near future. But now I am thinking I should wait and get it with 7 on from day one!

One things for sure, this appears to be the best OS to date in my opinion…

As I have only just completed the install, I plan on posting a more detaild review once I have had a play around.. So watch this space, or subscribe to the RSS feed!

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List operating system properties VBScript

Use this fairly simple VBScript to list general opearating system properties.

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FIX: Windows Mobile Device Center not starting

If you are having touble getting vista to connect to your Windows Mobile device using Windows Mobile Device Center, you may need to reinstall the USB Sync Drivers.

There are several cases that may prevent your device from connecting:

  • If Windows Live OneCare is installed on your machine, it may be blocking the device connectivity. Please click here for the steps to configure Windows Live OneCare to allow the device to connect.
  • The driver installation may not have completed successfully. If you think this may be the case, follow these steps:
    • Keep your device connected
    • From the desktop, go to Start > Start Search
    • Enter “Device Manager” or “devmgmt.msc” to launch the Device Manager window
    • Look under the “Network adapters” node for “Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter”. If this is not present, skip to step 5. Otherwise, right-click “Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter” and choose to “Uninstall”
    • Look under the “Mobile Devices” node for “Microsoft USB Sync”. If this is not present, skip to step 6. Otherwise, right-click “Microsoft USB Sync” and choose to “Uninstall”
    • Disconnect and reconnect your device. Your device driver will re-install and Windows Mobile Device Center will launch.
  • For more information on connectivity-related problems, see the ActiveSync USB connection troubleshooting guide.

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