Windows 7 is now running totally reliably and stable on my computer. Automatic updates appear to have fixed all of the issues I was having. There is a lot of stuff online regarding others having the same problems I was, so it appears that Microsoft are finally actually listening to their customers and fixiing things!I'm now a Windows 7 convert. I love it, and I won't go back. Its the fastest, prettiest, most stable and user friendly operating system I have ever used. When I am forced to pay for it next year, I will do so, and I will be getting the Ultimate version that is the RC trial, or its equivalent, whatever the cost. Interestly, I have heard that 7 will be substantially cheaper than the ridiculously overpriced Vista was too...I'm experimenting with some other stuff now. I am playing with one of the P4s that Mitz and I have been working with. This is a 3GHz hyperthreading P4. I've added some RAM to it, so it now has 2G DDR400 (4x512). I've also added an additiional hard drive. The board supports 4 Sata devices, but the power supply has only one Sata power plug. This is easily remedied with the addition of molex to sata adapters, but I dont have any lying around, so for now, I have used an IDE drive as a second drive, giving it 2x80GB drives.The Graphics are onboard and although they are handling 7 just fine, some features of Aero have been automatically disabled. This is definitely the weakest point at the moment.I'm going to add a cheap DX9 graphics card, just good enough to make Aero run properly, and change the IDE drive to a SATA as soon as as I can get into town and get some connectors. I will then reinstall Windows 7 again, and see what improvements have been made. Sadly, the motherboards in these computers do not support RAID, and I have never been a fan of addon RAID cards, so that wont be happening. If I can get my hands on a 128G Solid State drive that would be interesting though... hmmm Mitz now theres a nice prize for a competition 😉The point in all this drivel? I think in this computer Vista would have struggled. There would have been a lot of finger tapping going on while you waited for Vista to get around to it. Windows 7 is running noticably faster on this computer than XP did. Its stable, clean and user friendly. Everything just works. I've installed a Wireless networking card to it as well. Its the only thing so far that 7 couldnt run. It went into compatabilty mode and gave me a list of previous operating systems with which this card had worked. I chose XP Home. When you are installing Windows 7, you are also installing XP, its a part of the package! When running in XP compatability mode, it is actually using XP to run the program, and emulating it to look like Windows 7. Amazing stuff. I chose to use XP and the Wireless card is working exactly as it should.Well done Microsoft.
Mitz from Tips4pc