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Windows 7 Ultimate RC


Frankly, I never understood why people did not like Vista. I had not one, but at least three installations of Vista (A Media Center, laptop and a Gaming machine) and all three of them are still running with the first install (with the updates). Compare that to XP, each machine required a reinstall at least once every 6 months.

Windows 7 promises to be much better than Vista. At least in the first look.

For the test setup on Windows 2008 Server Hyper-V, I allocated 2048 Mb of Memory, standard 127 Gb VHD and an x64 Windows 7 Ultimate Install DVD. See for yourself how smooth the install process is (below). I’d let the pictures walk you through.

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Windows 7: Setup Wizard 
Windows 7 Setup wizard kicking up
Windows 7: Setup Wizard Language  Options. Only English is available.
No waiting involved. Right to the Setup Wizard, Step 1
Windows 7: Setup Wizard, Licensing terms
I like this already. No hitting repeated PgDn and F8, to the point!
Windows 7: Setup Wizard, Shouldn't Upgrade be disabled?
I’m a little suspicious. Already at this stage? Upgrade should be disabled, I’m doing a clean install!!!
Windows 7: Setup in progress. This step took the longest time; about 12 minutes.
Whoa! No more questions? This has to be the shortest OS intallation quiz I’ve done. I’m sure one of these guys did a Linux install and sat answering 100 pages of questions and then decided to cut out all the crap!
Windows 7: post Setup
The previous step took almost 12 minutes. I allocated just one processor to the VM, so maybe that has something to do with it. 
Windows 7: Setup Wizard
Alright! More questions. You know what? I can answer more now coz at least I know Windows 7 works under Hyper-V.  Imagine some OSes would ask these when they can’t even probe my video card properly. Meh!
Windows 7: Setup Wizard
Oh come on, I never keep a password hint. Can we move on without it please?
Windows 7: Setup Wizard
I hope, in the interest of all the dumb people out there that Microsoft Windows 7 would, by default use recommended settings and skip this step.
 Windows 7: Setup Wizard Timezone
About 15 minutes in! I like how I never have to tell Windows my timezone (or the time). My Powerbook still keeps sending me to Chinaland whenever I drain its battery.
 Windows 7: Setup Wizard Network selection
 Windows 7: Setup Wizard All done?
Nice! I just hope it doesn’t show me the boring Windows XP animations glorifying how Windows can make my life easier. I know!
 Windows 7: Welcome
Oh come on. Totally useless screen 1 (2 minutes)
 Windows 7: Totally useless screen 2
Oh come on. More totally useless screen 2 (2 minutes)
 Windows 7: Totally useless screen 3
Even more totally useless screen 3, more minutes
Windows 7: My post should be titled Installing in less than 20 minutes :-)
Sweet! The whole installation took just over 20 minutes. If I were to be installing on a native hardware, this would be much faster!
 Windows 7 base footprint is less than 512Mb RAM
Quick check. Windows 7 would run even with 512 Mb of RAM. Me likey likey!
Windows 7: Control Panel
No classic view in Control Panel?
Windows 7: System Rating under Hyper-V is nothing. not even a 1
Can I get Aero in VM too ?
Windows 7 is aware of Virtual status. :-(
Now this is riduculous. Why should a Virtual machine know it is running virtual? What if I wanted to move a virtual to a physical machine? Or the other way around?  I definitely do not like this, foreboding to think I’d have to deal with reactivation every time I move machine around. Microsoft or not, this is not a good sign of things to come.
Windows 7: Almost like Vista, only better
Well, yeah okay. Just like Microsoft. They have to move things around a little, just to show something new.
Windows 7: What?
eh what?
Windows 7: no sound hardware?
The sound hardware isn’t detected in Window 7 under Hyper-V. Maybe, its just an RC thing.
Windows 7: Device Manager
That’s weird. No hardware driver seems missing  but where is my sound card?
Windows 7: Troubleshooting Sound
Interesting but broken interface. Windows 7 RC just won’t recognize the Virtual Sound card.
Windows 7: No Hyper V Integration Services yet
I tried inserting the Hyper V integration disk
Windows 7
And it failed to run.
Windows Update. Already!
Windows Update after installation. Maybe my sound hardware would work!
Windows 7: no Aero on Hyper V
I was hoping I could turn on Aero. Instead I see more awesome things. Now Windows has a MAC like interface to manage some cool effects and backgrounds. Neat stuff!
Windows 7: The familiar but test Update
Oh I won’t
Windows 7: No change in Gadgets interface. Sidebar is missing though
The sidebar is more inconspicuous now. The widgets just float. Not much new except memory usage is still surprisingly low.
Windows 7: MS Paint finally gets more teeth?
MS Paint gets a small update. Office 2007 like toolbar now at the top. This should definitely ease things on Atom like small screens.
Windows 7: Refresh yoru desktop wallpaper every 1 minute if you want to.
Finally! I won’t have to use third party wallpaper switchers. Windows 7 has this built in!
 Windows 7: new features for voice communication?
Interesting. Now if only I could get sound to work here!
 Windows 7: Microsoft killing Oh well, for people who did not know RDP exists on all their machines already.
Now there,  types won’t like this. I wonder how this is any different than Rdesktop or RDP over Web. Besides, I won’t really be able to use this, what with SSH tunnels and all.
 Windows 7: yeah, no antivirus yet.
 Windows 7: UAC has been silenced
Funny, so far I haven’t seen UAC pop-up at all? They finally got it all figured out?
 Windows 7: just gimme the damn Aero.
One more try, to get Aero to work. No chance!
 Windows 7: no wonder people make jokes about Microsoft errors.
Doh!, its not that my hardware is crap. Windows 7 did not run the Ratings. Bad Bad.
Windows 7: Fabulous!
How well an OS installer is written can be  gauged from this one screen! Fabulous.
 Windows 7: Private?
Something to experiment with later on.
 Windows 7: User Account Control finally kicks in.
There! UAC, first time and rightly so. The Journal writer was trying to install a printer driver! Well, shouldn’t all Microsoft software be exempt from tampering with the system :-)?
 Windows 7: Highly recommended Other than a few driver issues, the only red flag is that the OS is aware its running under Hyper-V. Not good for my comfort although some people may like this and it may go a long way in keeping checks on who does what. Maybe now IE can flag off running any Adobe Flash animations while running in virtual mode? Or, for that matter, stop those annoying “Install silverlight”, full screen animations? The performance is certainly faster, no disk thrashing, installation is much more streamlined and with such a low memory footprint, one would wonder what took Microsoft so long.

On the other hand, this comes from a person (me) who did not see any issues with Vista either, simply because I’m normally aware of what I’m doing, I know when & how to fix issues and I don’t go installing crap-ware on my computers.



DISCLAIMER This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. You assume all risk for your use. Microsoft products/ marketing names used above are properties of Microsoft Corporation.

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    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 11:55 PM
    Windows 7, First Look.
      Microsoft Windows 7 is now in RC. For those of you excited by the new OS, here’s a first look at the Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate install process on Hyper V. Total time to install : less than 30 minutes, including answering the Setup wizard. Ve...
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    anand Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 10:45 PM
    Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
    geeks always like new toys to play with.

    vista probably failed cos of bad project management rather than technology and the rest of the world not being ready with the right hardware etc. there is a lot of choice when it comes to buying a PC and people will end up buying something that is not optimized to run vista.

    • Gravatar
      anand Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 11:46 PM
      Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
      yeah! spam when you can

    • Gravatar
      Subodh Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 1:43 AM
      Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
      Well, Geeks apart, even big corporations never really moved to Vista. Even though its miles ahead of where XP left off. I don't think they're running non Vista capable hardware either.

  • Gravatar
    anand Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 10:46 PM
    Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
    setup preparing computer for first use seems like big bang!

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      Subodh Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 1:43 AM
      Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
      No big bang it is, its just a scrolling marquee winking

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    anand Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 10:47 PM
    Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
    the captcha is busted, third comment with same captcha, now you know why dont comment on your blogs. i find some issue or the other

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      Subodh Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 1:44 AM
      Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
      Yeah, I keep finding issues with the DNN Blog module. It has to be one of the worst pieces of software I've seen. One of these days! I'd take leave from office and write one on my own.

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    Prasanna Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 10:50 PM
    Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
    Wish I had a virtualized like you to try out such new stuff... Oh! wait.. what is that S word? I forgot...

    BTW, nicely written review on the installation process.

    • Gravatar
      Subodh Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 1:46 AM
      Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
      Well, its never too late to start sir! I sure can say Windows 2008 Server rocks!

  • Gravatar
    Prasanna Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 10:52 PM
    Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
    Finally, dont have to keep guessing the weird looking characters... :-P

    • Gravatar
      Subodh Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 1:46 AM
      Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
      Weird looking? Who? Where?

  • Gravatar
    anand Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 11:47 PM
    Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
    woot! , no captcha , yay!

    • Gravatar
      Subodh Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 11:57 PM
      Re: Windows 7 under Hyper-V. First Look.
      Well, if you login, no captcha yeah! Thanks for your comments sir.And no this is not spam, trust me, I get waay too much of them.

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    Ashok Friday, October 16, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    For some reason IE 8 cut off the 3rd column of pictures in the middle.
    Layout issues?

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      Subodh Friday, October 16, 2009 at 6:09 PM
      should be fixed now
      Thanks for pointing that out. I forgot about setting this post to wide-format. Now that I'm running on SpeedBlog, its just a breeze to fix it winking

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    Ashok Friday, October 16, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Well, it may run without any problems in a VM with 512 MB. But once you install all your sony vaio drivers and other crap programs that comes along (which we do when we install it in a laptop) then you will see the problems.

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      Subodh Friday, October 16, 2009 at 6:07 PM
      you have to see Windows 7 to believe it.
      Nope, I did not see any problems. Although I always do a clean install whenever I've bought a laptop. No manufacturer bloat is excusable. I even did a straight upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 without any issues.
      As for the VM, I think it should be apt to say any VM not under Hyper-V or on crap hardware would perform poorly.

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