Windows 7: A Common Man’s Perspective

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8 Responses

  1. MSFT_AlexT says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Great article on Windows 7. I enjoyed reading your detailed explanations and feelings about the RTM.
    What version of the RTM have you deployed?

    Best regards,

    Alex
    Windows Client Group

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Thanks for the feedback Alex.

      I have download the Windows 7 RC Beta (dated Apr-May 2009) and I am conducting the usability trials using the Beta installed on 2 computers in different offices.

      Since functionally, RC is unlikely to be drastically different than RTM, I chose not to download and installed an un-licensed version of Windows 7. Beta version will have to do for the testing; will end up having access to legit Retail/OEM/VLK version of Win 7 soon enough.

  2. MAheshl says:

    Any progress on how well Tally 7.2 works on Windows 7. I would like some info before I wet my feet in windows 7

  3. ssj4Gogeta says:

    Well you can completely turn off the UAC if you want. For me the default settings works just fine.

    Homegroup is for sharing files with the computers on your network. At my home I have a homegroup which allows me to store files in only one location and access it using all the computers.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi SSJ4GoGeta,

      Win7 HomeGroup is a rehash of Microsoft Networking. M$ realized the importance of networked computers and introduced File & Printer Sharing with Windows For Workgroups (Win 3.11) and I have been networking computers since 1996 with it. Unlike Novell, WFW did not require a dedicated server and creation of volumes to share files. M$ introduced Win-NT 4 a short while later which had more robust networking features that offered Server-Client and Peer-To-Peer networking out of the box (this pretty much sealed the fate of Novell Networks).

      For some reason, M$ decided to cripple the networking feature in progressive versions and sell the non-crippled versions as ‘Server Class’ OS. For ex: Win XP Professional can only connect to 10 clients simultaneously while Win98 did not have any such limitation.

      Win7 offers a rehash of Win98 Peer Networking features; only made complicated innately. For starters Homegroup only works between Win7 computers. Using a few basic networking steps, users of Win7 can setup file-sharing such that computers and devices irrespective of their OS, can connect to Win7 computers and access files.

      Regards

  4. ssj4Gogeta says:

    Also, disk space is hardly a big issue nowadays, neither is RAM. 500GB hard disks cost less than INR 1700, and most people have more than 4GB RAM in their systems.

    IMHO Windows 7 uses RAM more efficiently as compared to, say XP. Efficiently here doesn’t mean it uses less RAM, but that it actually uses all the RAM available. In XP if I started many programs at once, it still tried to page a lot, which kept the RAM usage around 2GB, but made switching between the programs a lot slower as they were paged.
    On 7 on the other hand, the same scenario uses around 3GB of RAM, but the programs run much faster. Not using RAM is wasting it. I bought that RAM, use it!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi SSJ4Gogeta,

      Win7 benefits from years of customer feedback. While developing Win7 Microsoft took note (finally) of performance bottlenecks in XP and fixed them. As time goes by, CPU-HDD-RAM power and affordability increases; hence Microsoft was correct in it’s gamble to propose Win7 as the operating system of choice on new generation computers.

      Regards

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