Windows 7 – Day 7

I’m now 1 week into my Windows 7 adventure.  I’ve had a few crashes here and there but far less than one would expect from something labeled "Pre-Alpha".  I am on my second installation however because I did relent and setup multi-boot on my system with a Vista partition as a backup.

Tomorrow I leave for Barcelona where I will be presenting at Tech-Ed Developers Europe.  Some of my presentations will require that I run the "Oslo" VPC from PDC.  Right now I can’t run Virtual PC 2007 on Windows 7.  I did find out that I can attach the VHD and event boot from a VHD but I cannot boot a Windows Server 2008 VHD (which is what the "Oslo" VPC is based on.  You can only boot Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 VHDs.  This is going to be a very, very cool feature in the future.  I’m quite sure that I will use it a lot once we move more into Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

On Wednesday I faced the moment of truth… Would I give up on Windows 7 and go back to Vista or find a way to stay with Windows 7?  Honestly unless I found Windows 7 compelling I would have just gone back to Vista but even with the inconvenience of multi-booting I just had to stick with Windows 7.  This is a very good sign for the future of Windows 7.  So the other day I rebuilt my machine with a small Windows Vista partition just for the purposes of running old VPCs.  Other than that I am happily moving forward.

I’m even taking a chance and installing Far Cry 2 on Window 7 as well – it works great.  One interesting surprise about Far Cry 2… it installed .Net Framework 2.0 on my machine during setup.  Interesting….  Perhaps some managed C++ in the game?

Comments (3)

  1. tzagotta says:

    >> it installed .Net Framework 2.0 on my machine during setup <<

    Huh?  Surely Windows 7 has .NET 2.0 pre-installed, since that is a part of 3.5 and 4.0!

  2. Ron Jacobs says:

    Yeah suprising that it installed .NET 2.0 – especially since I had previously installed VS2008.