Even an OS can be inspirational
You can put a new operating system on an old laptop- Yes you can
You can put a New Alpha OS release on an old laptop and it will work like a better new laptop- Yes you can.
You can put a new Windows Alphas OS that looks a lot like Vista, (a lot) but with tighter code, smoother running and only <gulp> needing 512mb to run well ; but with 1gb will go like it had 4gb – Yes you can
Forgive the inspirational overtones but it has been that sort of week (even here in Australia).
Ok I am a bit of a self confessed Microsoft Fan boy, and yes I love vista. I am of course running it on a quad core CPU with 5 TB storage and 4 gb of ram (though it only uses 3gb in my 32bit set-up).
So when I was offered (by proxy) to try out the new Windows 7, on my own old dell laptop, I scoffed.
I even set aside half a day to install tweak, and hack my way to getting a new alpha OS working before I would give up a reinstall my trusty XP license.
It was not to be.
It worked 1st time (not even with XP was it flawless)
But it worked, it installed in 20 minutes, and oh my it hums .
For the sake of it I tried to install vista on the same laptop and it scoffed at me, ran like a bad dog and then would not run .. crashed , I mean my test laptop (an old dell d600 1st gen has a Pentium M 1.4 ghz) what do you expect.
So Microsoft, what are your intentions with my OS –
Phones, Netbooks, PC’s Cars, think you can.. hope you will; it rocks ..
Updated 15 November 2008
How to activate Windows 7 (call microsoft) or go here
Updated March 2009
As well pointed out the ‘how to activate’ is well out of date, as is beta 6801.
This blog from november 2008, and was about the quality of the beta and windows 7 overall.
Thanks for looking.