I have to admit, one of the most used features of my Windows 7 PC at the office is the drag to hot zones feature. Where by moving an applications window to a predefined area of the screen performs a specific action. For example, dragging the window to the top of the screen maximises it.
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!