When Vista came out, I was one of the early adapters to migrate from XP to Vista. Migrating to Vista was quite a challenge especially with my hardware including Creative X-Fi sound card, Microsoft WebCam, and an old TV tuner card with bt878 chipset. Its notcibly slower performance was another barrier. It actually took many months to correctly install all devices on Vista with my hardware – it just became quite stable system a couple months ago.
When Windows 7 Beta was announced, I did not even bother to look at it because of my previous experience with Vista. However, a couple days ago, I was reading an article about Windows 7’s XP Mode somewhere and found myself a bit instrested in trying RC version for XP Mode. This will be another article at a later time.
I downloaded RC from MS and installed on my primary home computer to see how well it runs with my hardware. Fortunately, it looks like I can use the exact same drivers as what I used previously with Vista – of course, this has to be case, otherwise, they are making the same mistake that they made with Vista. Installation process was pretty straight forward and simple. Also it took about an hour, which is reasonable.
I have been trying it out for my regular web surfing, emails, TV watching, movie watching, music listening for 3-4 days now and it found it pretty attractive.
It seems that booting/shutting down time is noticably faster, GUI with many application opened is more responsive, file copy/move with or without networking is faster.
It has only been 3-4 days but at least I did not have any issues with device drviers or application that I use everyday. Also its performance seems to be better than Vista. So far it looks like it is going in the right direction.