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The Switch to Windows 7 - Day 2

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Well we're now in day 2 of the OS switch and all is great. I left my computer running overnight with a few programs open to see what would happen. The programs were:
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Visual Studio 2008 (2 instances)
  • Visual Studio 2005
  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • Firefox (with 8 tabs open)

I checked the memory usage before going to be, then when I got it it really hadn't changed all that much, letting me know that it releases resources much better than Vista ever did. My applications, such as Visual Studio, open so much faster than they ever did in Windows XP, so I'm still 100% happy with my decision to make the switch to Windows 7.

Now some major advantages to running Windows 7, at least from a developers standpoint. First, Windows 7 comes with the .Net Framework 3.5 w/ Service Pack 1 straight out of the box, one less thing to have to install and get up and ready to write some code. Visual Studio 2008 Professional acts as if it were designed for Windows 7, it's so fast and responsive, much better than it ever was with Vista (or even XP). With XP it would take almost a minute to get up and loaded, with Windows 7 it takes mere seconds, quite the improvement if you ask me. Nice thing, even thought I'm running Windows 7 with 3.5 SP1 installed, I can still compile and targer the 2.0 Framework for Windows 7.

I can, on a single OS, write a single application that will work for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. There are some nice libraries available for Windows 7 development as well, such as the Windows API Code Pack, which is a set of libraries which allows me to write Windows 7 application today, even though they're not in the Framework yet. It's definitely a nice addition to my coding library.

Another nice addition is that PowerShell is built right into Windows 7, no need to wonder if your machine is running it, PowerShell 2.0 is integrated into Windows 7. You can now use the PowerShell engine in your applications without having to install anything extra, a real nice addition if you ask me.

All in all, so far this is a good OS from Microsoft, it's fast, responsive and it even looks nice. Stay tuned for more entries on my switch to Windows 7 in the coming days for even more information on why making the switch is more than worth it.

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10 August 2009 - 12:46 PM
Thanks for the posts. What are your system specs?


10 August 2009 - 01:00 PM
Its not released yet right? Do you have the beta?


10 August 2009 - 01:02 PM
@Smurphy: I have the RTM, it was released a couple days ago to those with an MSDN subscription.

@masteryee: Will post them shortly :)


10 August 2009 - 07:44 PM
Very nice. I got the free upgrade with my Laptop so I will be doing that in October.

I have one question, can the size of the icons in the taskbar be changed?


10 August 2009 - 10:48 PM
Reason it runs faster than XP is now every ones has quad cores, 4gb+ RAM and all this crazy computers and Windows 7 utalises what your PC has and uses it for the good and manages it very well iv been using it and its sexy!


I don't think so I can't find a way.


11 August 2009 - 07:57 AM

masteryee, on 10 Aug, 2009 - 10:46 AM, said:

Thanks for the posts. What are your system specs?

Ok masteryee here are my specs (sorry for the delay)

AMD Phenom II X4 3.2Ghz 125 watt CPU
ASUS Crosshair III 790FX Motherboard
2xNVIDIA GeForce 9600GTX 1GB SLI Video cards
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