The guys and girls over at the Windows 7 Team Blog have announced that Windows 7 is on Track to Hit This Holiday Season. Exactly which holiday season they are referring to and how that fits in with our (Australian) calendar I’m not sure. But I’m guessing in time for Christmas. I would expect they would want it ready to go onto any new PCs people might be buying for Christmas or just as an upgrade gift.
In the mean time you can try out the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It will analyse your system and let you know if your hardware and software is compatiable with Windows 7. There are no guantrees of course, but it is a pretty good guide.
The install is pretty simple, and possible faster than any previous version of Windows. But if you’re having troubles then the guys over at LiferHacker also have a good Guide to Upgrading to Windows 7 RC.
I’m only using it for my media center PC at the moment, but I quite like it. The only reasons I’m not using on my main PC is that I don’t have allot of time to rebuild and tweak it, and it’s working quite well with Vista at the moment. Once the retail version comes out I’ll upgrade my main PC, but until then I’ll stick with Vista.
I’ve been using Windows 7 on my media center PC for a few months now and wanted to share some of the reasons why I really like it.
1. No third party codecs
I didn’t have to mess around loading any third party codec programs. It plays DivX and MP4 videos natively.
2. Resume playback.
When you stop a video and come back to it later, even after watching another video, Windows 7 will ask you if you want to resume playback from where you left off. Very useful.
3. It just works.
It was easy to install and setup, and I didn’t have to do any messing around to get it to play my media. It just worked.
4. Media Libraries.
Windows 7 has a new feature called libraries. To add media to media system you simly right click on the folder and choose add to library, then select the folder that you want to add the media too.
5. It’s easy to use.
The menu system is easy to navigate and eveything is easy to find.
To be honest there is one or twp things that I don’t like about Windows 7 Media Center
1. Pictures and video together.
This is only a small gripe. But I’d prefer picture and video to be seperate menu options like they were in XP MCE, not together like they are in VMC and W7MC.
2. Black Thumbnails. It creates thumbs nails ok but it seems to create the thumb nail from a frame just a few frames on from the start of the video. Which most of the time seems to be black. So while all my videos have nice thumb nails, most are simply black. This seems to have been fixed with build 7077
I managed to sign up for and get a beta copy and I’m also subscribed to the Windows 7 Team Blog so I’m hoping to get a copy.
I’m really only using it for my media center PC at the moment, but it works really nicely for that.
How about you, are you itching to get your hands on the RC version ?