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With titles like that you’d have thought that a rock concert was being simultaneously broadcast across the globe.  Actually, come to think of it, I did hear / see quite a lot of mickey taking out of Microsoft for their American advertising campaign: Windows 7 launch parties.  Honestly, as a British citizen I see and hear enough things day to day to have potentially skewed opinion that American folk are weird – we don’t need it enforcing by being made to believe people will actually be holding these!

So, today is the day that Microsoft’s latest operating system becomes available to the mass market consumer.  I wonder how many people will have taken delivery of their shiny boxes and lovingly unwrapping them before setting about installing Windows 7 upon their PC/laptop/bootcamped Mac?  I am more than sure that there’ll be a select number of nerds taking time off of work to sit down and properly nurture the occasion.

Sarcasm aside, I’m really impressed with Microsoft’s latest offering.  I’ve been running Windows 7 Ultimate on my laptop since it went to Release Candidate status.  As soon as the Release To Manufacturer (RTM) edition was out, I ran that.  I’m a Microsoft Partner and as such have now been running Windows 7 Ultimate on my main PC since August.  My only disappointment was confined to Microsoft’s partner download platform being about as much use as diving gear for sharks!  I failed miserably to get hold of the DVD image files from their official repository and in the end rebuilt my laptop using a torrent release (verified the checksum before using).  We even upgraded out Microsoft subscription to include optical media, but were disappointed when we received just 32 bit copies of the product.  (Come on Microsoft, this is the 21st Century and you’ve been pushing people to upgrade their hardware for ages – at least supply a suitable version with the optical packs!)

The installation was a breeze, quick and painless.  My hardware is 18 months old and everything got found and base drivers were loaded.  When I went to the vendors of my hardware for their official releases I found the products were supported and on the one occasion where no Window 7 drivers were listed, a Vista driver worked perfectly.  I have grown to love the Mac like buttons next to my start menu having found them ugly and large in the first place.  The operating system is stable, uses a far smaller memory footprint than Vista and multi-tasks beautifully.  Every application I have installed has worked and whilst some of the aesthetic changes will take some getting used to, on the whole I’m a happy customer.

Now this isn’t a Microsoft fan boy post.  I am sure there will be some issues that will crop up.  I’m sure that there will be things I’ll grow to find irritating.  This said, I am more than sure that now the product is firmly in the marketplace, for everyone to use, we’ll see an abundance of information available to us on how to remedy situations and improve the overall use of the product.  I am eagerly looking forward to Koroush Ghazi releasing his Windows 7 Tweak Guide.  Unlike most sites, he doesn’t assemble top ten lists or suggest his ideas are the best thing ever and guaranteed to get you results.  All systems are different, all users needs are different.  Koroush’s guides explain what a product is capable and offer a clear and easy way to understand what’s going on under the hood.  Users can then make informed decisions and get the best for themselves.  The guide isn’t out yet, but I can assure you it’ll be worth the wait.  It was only yesterday that Koroush posted to advise of his progress.

In the meantime I shall continue to enjoy my PC better than I did under Vista (for the last x years) and see where it takes me.

Have you taken delivery of Windows 7 today? Are you planning on buying it? Do you hate it and totally dis-agree with my comments?  Whatever your opinion, please feel free to get involved and post in our comments section.

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