Vista's new 'security' *cough*DRM*cough* requirements forbid the usage of anymore unified drivers so now all those so called unified drivers are really just the drivers for every single hardware version bundled together and the installer picks the correct one.
Thew new keyboard shortcuts may be the best part of 7.
As former tech support on a media company Win+P and the External Display Options would have meant a lot of help to users doing presentations. To bad it's 5 years late as a standard. Having to fiddle with multiple different implementations both hardware and software sucked.
The biggest problem I had with Windows 7 was Creative and X-Fi drivers. It was no surprise really, because the problems have been there on Vista too. Only thing is that on Windows 7 the problem happens 100% instead of 2-3%. Hopefully Creative can fix better drivers for W7 soon. It mostly happens for users with older motherboards and x64 + 4GB or more. Has happened for other users too (constant crackling sound). http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=692688&st=45
I have to bar to the left too. It's a bit weird in the beginning but it is really nice on a widescreen at 1920x1200. I have only played WoW on Win7 so far, but it works perfectly.
Indeed, after having used it on the left side a while, it felt really good. Also because the taskbar is higher in Windows 7, and on a widescreen I want full use of the vertical resolution, while there is space to use on the sides.
jokeyrhyme: That explains why there are fewer UAC prompts where I expected them. Good reading.
I like the way I can put the "SuperBar" on the left side of desktop instead of at bottom. It only really works if in icon only mode of course, but that's what I'm running (think its good on widescreen). Also like the new pin to taskbar function which doubles as active program tab too.
Happy overall with Windows 7 so far, gonna try some gaming and see if performance and stability is there.
Apps really dont need to be 64 bit unless they use alot of memory.
The CPU instruction set is still 32bit, and therefore the only advantage to 64 bit really is the the size of available memory. 64 bit only begins to pay off after roughly 4GB
Now, current systems 4GB is the norm (and the limit in most cases). Newer machines use triple channel ram so the base is 6GB. Flash forward 1 year. The norm will be 32GB, 64 bit OS'es will be assumed.
I thought that was about what I wrote, but yeah.
And as for flashing forward 1 year, wouldn't Windows 7 be Microsoft's current OS? Which means it would be appropriate for them to start pushing for the x64 version more?
Anyway I don't really have any big benefits from using x64 version, but it is somewhat more secure and there are no big problems from using it (except from Creative and X-Fi drivers not being very good).
Well there are hundreds of developers not having 64-bit version available for long time, take Firefox and Adobe Flash f.e. Even if these work without problems on Windows x64, it doesn't seem like they are in a hurry to work on the 64-bit side. There is a x64 version of Firefox, but it is a inofficial build afaik. With Firefox, you would need to have all add-ons coded for x64 separately too.
Overall I agree with you, but the transition does take time it seems. Many applications don't benefit anything practically from switching to x64. For others even I have noticed speed improvements (like for 7-Zip x64).
What Microsoft needs to do is promote their x64 versions harder, it is Microsoft that can make the change go faster. I hope they do that with Windows 7.
That is kind if funny. Because Cisco's VPN client did not work with Vista either, well until a updated version was released. Can't help you though. I think the problem is related to the x64 version or are you running x86? Saw a post on neowin but no solution yet. http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=721036