Windows 7.0 Ultimate and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

Sunday, November 22 2009 - , ,

 I confess.  I was a little anxious when I received my new quad-core 64 bit Dell XPS Studio 9000 with Windows 7.0 Ultimate installed.  I thought I might be nuts when I decided to load Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 on it.  Here’s my first impressions …Windows 7

The one ‘gotcha’ that I experienced was the lesson nearly all of us learn repeatedly because we don’t rebuild our starships frequently … I forgot to add IIS and many of the other services that are not installed by default on Windows.  But, OK, that’s an easy fix.  What particularly ‘wowed’ me was the incredible speed.  Applications appear to be installing at about eight times the speed of my previous P4 32 Bit Workstation. 

PerformanceThis isn’t surprising when you look at the performance indicators.  Not only are install times almost unbelievable, but the load times for the OS and application appear to be about eight times as fast as well.

Unless you’re one of those people for whom time has no value (in which case you probably aren’t reading this), then today may be the day to retire that reliable old beast and join the diamond lane.

Speaking of reliability, Windows 7.0 has yet to hiccup with days of serious pounding, transferring files, installing applications, and watching Blue Ray Video … all at the same time.

I’ve begun the process of installing my Dot Net Tools and add-ons. I’ll update everyone in the next blog, but for now I will mention that our friends at Telerik  win the prize for most Windows 7.0 and Visual Studio 2010 ready.  The Libraries and utilities appeared to install as if written in anticipation of VS2010.

Well, back to work now.  I need to clean up the old beast so it can be donated to a worthy non-profit.  Live more, care more &  play more.