I am using Windows7 RC1. So far, all claims appear to be true. I have found RC1 to be totally stable, clean, fast and user friendly. It does indeed install in about 10 minutes flat. It does indeed load, ready to go, in less than 10 seconds.It needed NO 3rd party drivers at all, not even the motherboard audio drivers or the wireless card drivers. Even my fancy graphics card needed no additional drivers installed, my dual screens worked perfectly from the moment RC1 first loaded. Media player 12, for the first time, can play DVD all on its own, without the use of a 3rd party DVD decoder! I wasn't given the option of installing RAID on installation though, so sadly I dont have RAID at this point. I'll look into this further. I have found so far that RC1 seems to have everything that Vista should have had, and none of the extra crap that Vista has that no-one really wanted. Its very slick, nice to look at, and genuinely uses much less resources than Vista. In fact, its my opinion that its using less resources than XP was in this same computer prior to installing RC1. I have no doubt that RC1 would run just fine with 1GB of RAM, though the Aero look may have to be disabled if you dont have more RAM or an addon graphics solution. Windows quotes the minimum requirements of 7 as 1GB RAM, but I suspect you could even run it (with Aero disabled) on 512MB RAM. I haven't tried this though.The new Windows taskbar is a triumph, a major step forward in ergonomics. It is similar in some ways to the Apple taskbar, but even more functional in my view.I only installed RC1 to take a look at it, and fully intended to revert back to my beloved XP Pro. I've changed my mind. I will be using RC1 till the temporary licence expires, and then buying a copy once its released. I am going to do a major review on Windows 7 for this forum over the next few days, with screenshots and video of the best features. Watch this space!Microlimp has finally got it right. I LOVE IT.
Mitz from Tips4pc