Monday, March 30, 2009

Have a Windows 7 Snack

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Starving for Windows 7? While the leaked information and screenshots and even the actual bits of such builds as 7068 might, indeed, be sufficient to satisfy your hunger for Windows 7, Microsoft is also making sure that users can access a “between leaks” snack. “Introducing Windows 7” is a 26-minute long video presentation of the next iteration of the Windows client made available via Silverlight. The introduction offers information on the benefits of Windows 7, but also on improved accessibility, enhanced security, bettered operational efficiency, and managing images using DISM. The video is available here.

“The Windows 7 client operating system offers innovative technologies that improve performance, reliability, security, and compatibility. It also offers new capabilities that help organizations improve user productivity, enhance security, and reduce operating costs. Because Windows 7 is built on the same platform as Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the investments you make in Windows Vista readiness—application testing and hardware assessment—will help speed the adoption of Windows 7 in your environment,” Microsoft's description of the learning snack reads.

Of course, there are additional learning snacks available, focused on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, virtualization, web 2.0 development, Silverlight and Core Infrastructure Optimization (Core IO). “Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular topics created by Microsoft Learning (our mother org) experts. Each Snack is delivered by using Microsoft Silverlight technology and includes various media, such as animations and recorded demos,” Devon Musgrave, a developmental editor at Microsoft Press, revealed.

The past week, information and screenshots on both Build 7068 and 7070 leaked into the wild. At the same time, the 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of Windows 7 Build 7068 also managed to find their way onto torrent trackers. Microsoft is currently reported to have moved past Build 7070 with the Windows development milestones from the Release Candidate (RC) branch.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Windows 7 build 7048 vs. Windows 7 beta 1 vs. Vista vs. XP performance shootout - which is best?

How does the latest leaked build of Windows 7 (7048) compare to the beta 1 (build 7000), Vista SP1 and XP SP3 in terms of performance? According to my Hardware 2.0 inbox, this is a question that you want answered. Let’s see if I can answer it for those of you who are interested!

Note: Before I go any further I feel I need to make a point, and make it clear. The builds I’m testing of Windows 7 (build 7000 and 7048) are beta builds, and as a rule beta builds are usually more geared towards stability than performance. That said, the performance of this build should give us a clue as to how the OS is coming along.

Important note: I have on several occasions contacted Microsoft for feedback on benchmarking Windows 7. At this point the company is not ready to discuss performance testing.

Rather than publish a series of synthetic benchmark results for the three operating systems (something which Microsoft frowns upon for beta builds, not to mention the fact that the final numbers only really matter for the release candidate and RTM builds), I’ve decided to put Windows 7, Vista and XP head-to-head in a series of real-world tests to find out which OS comes out top.

Let’s look at the test systems and the tests …

The test systems

I’ve used two desktop systems as the test machines:

  • An AMD Phenom 9700 2.4GHz system fitted with an ATI Radeon 3850 and 4GB of RAM
  • An Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2GHz fitted with an NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS and 1GB of RAM

The tests

There are 31 tests in all, most of which are self explanatory:

  1. Install OS - Time it takes to install the OS
  2. Boot up - Average boot time to usable desktop
  3. Shut down - Average shut down time
  4. Move 100MB files - Move 100MB of JPEG files from one hard drive to another
  5. Move 2.5GB files - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from one hard drive to another
  6. Network transfer 100MB files - Move 100MB of JPEG files from test machine to NAS device
  7. Network transfer 2.5GB files - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from test machine to NAS device
  8. Move 100MB files under load - Move 100MB of JPEG files from one hard drive to another while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  9. Move 2.5GB files under load - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from one hard drive to another while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  10. Network transfer 100MB files under load - Move 100MB of JPEG files from test machine to NAS device while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  11. Network transfer 2.5GB files under load - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from test machine to NAS device while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  12. Compress 100MB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
  13. Compress 1GB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
  14. Extract 100MB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
  15. Extract 1GB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
  16. Compress 100MB files under load - Using built-in ZIP compression while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  17. Compress 1GB files under load - Using built-in ZIP compression while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  18. Extract 100MB files under load - Using built-in ZIP compression while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  19. Extract 1GB files under load - Using built-in ZIP compression while ripping DVD to .ISO file
  20. Install Office 2007 - Ultimate version, from DVD
  21. Open 10 page Word doc - Text only
  22. Open 100 page Word doc - Text and images only
  23. Open simple Excel doc - Basic formatting
  24. Open complex Excel doc - Including formula and charts
  25. Burn DVD - Win 7 beta 1 .ISO to disc using CDBurnerXP
  26. Open 10 page PDF - Text only, using latest Adobe Reader 8
  27. Open 100 page PDF - Text and images, using latest Adobe Reader 8
  28. Far Cry 2 benchmark
  29. Call of Duty 5 benchmark
  30. Left 4 Dead benchmark
  31. Crysis Warhead benchmark

These series of tests will pitch Windows 7 build 7048 and 7000 32/64-bit against Windows Vista SP1 32-bit and Windows XP SP3 32-bit. The scoring for each of the tests is simple. The winning OS scores 1, the runner ups 2, 3 and 4 respectively and the loser scores a 5. The scores are added up and the OS with the lowest score at the end wins.

Let’s check out the results …

The results

Here are the results for the two systems:

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It’s clear that some of the results here are all over the place, and I’m putting this down this the fact that Windows 7 is still a work in progress (and realistically, probably will be for a good 9 - 12 months after launch) and drivers are still pretty new. However, four patterns do emerge:

  • Windows 7 is, overall, better than both Vista and XP.
  • As Windows 7 progresses, it’s getting better (or at least the 64-bit editions are).
  • On a higher-spec system, 64-bit is best.
  • On a lower-spec system, 32-bit is best.

I’m looking forward to the RC release so we can really see how the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 editions compares to previous incarnations of Windows!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

First Windows 7 build 7048 screenshots leak

The first screenshots of Windows 7 build 7048 has been leaked, and they show many of the changes Microsoft has been talking about for the upcoming RC build.

First Windows 7 build 7048 screenshots leak
After leaking Windows 7 build 7032 screenshots last month, has posted a screenshot clearly showing a 32-bit Enterprise edition of build 7048. We have already heard of a build 7041, but this is significant because there have been no screenshots or any other tangible proof of any of the 704x builds. The first screenshot (full size) shows the following build string: "7048.0.x86fre.winmain.090219-1845," meaning that the build was compiled on February 19, 2009 at 6:45PM. Since it is an interim build, it's not surprising that the screenshot shows the build expiring on July 2, 2009 (a date that seems to be a typical expiration date for many builds).

Other than the new build number, the screenshot does not show too much. A date is shown in the bottom left in a European format, but all this shows is that the screenshot was taken yesterday. If you're not familiar with the fourth icon in the taskbar, that's the new Control Panel icon we've seen in 7032. There are also three other new icons (Paint, Calculator, and Sticky Notes) and the mouseover for the start button has also been tweaked. IE8 no longer has the RC1 tag, which is not surprising given that the browser is set to be released very soon. The second screenshot clearly shows the merging of Alt+Tab and Aero Peek that is one of the changes Microsoft is named for the RC build. Have a look at the other screenshots over at

Build 7048 was supplied to internal testers, a few Microsoft partners, and participants of the Technology Adopters Program (TAP). Look out for more leaked builds in the coming days as users become more and more impatient awaiting the public RC build rumored to be coming in April. Testers are expected to get a newer build before that.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Windows 7 build 7022

Today appeared the new version windows 7 (7022 Build), a new beta build for this new promising operating system ,

As previous beta showed , this operating has a higher performance in comparison with current windows vista .

We tried to compile the data from previous review and as a whole we have : Windows SP Sp3 (latest update) , Windows Vista 32 bit SP1 (latest update) , Windows 7 (7000 Build Beta 1) 32 Bits , Windows 7 (6956 Build) 32 Bits , and Windows 7 (7022 Build Beta 1) 32 Bits (latest release).

First let us note that this new build was pretty fast during the install : 10min and 27 s (using Raid 0 setup) and HDD to HDD installs .

windows 7 7022  welcome screen

Right after the install and the welcome screen

Directx 11.0

The new APi Directx 11.0

 Internet explorer 8

The promising Internet explorer 8

Our Test System :

  • Processor : Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.6 GHz (450 MHz x8) , 1.15v,
  • Motherboard : Biostar Tpower Ip45 .
  • Memory : 2x 1 GB Ocz Reaper extreme 1150 MHz (5-5-5-11) . (@1180 MHz)
  • Video card : Nvidia 9800 GT (700Mhz Core , 1860 memory , 1700 SHader)
  • HDD : Raid0, 2x Seagate 320 GB

Without excess words let us pass directly to the benchmark , we will start from daily use application (Compressing / Decompressing) .

Windows 7 Beta 1 7000 Vs Windows Xp Sp3 (Compressing / Decompressing) :

Windows 7 7022 Build Beta 1 compressing/decompressing

Windows 7 7022 Build Beta 1 7 zip

From the last build (7000) the compressing performance was considerably increased and finally an operating system faster than windows Xp in compressing/decompressing applications , the result just impresses .

The Windows 7 7022 performance is almost 3-5% higher than windows XP but in this case 10 to 15 % higher than windows vista Sp1 32bits .

Windows 7 Beta 1 7000 Vs Windows Xp Sp3 (Memory and Some CPu) :

Windows 7 7022 Build Beta 1 everest

The memory bandwidth was also slightly improved in comparison with windows 7 (7000) , but it was fairly improved in comparison with windows Xp ..

Windows 7 Beta 1 7000 Vs Windows Xp Sp3 (Cache / Memory) :

Windows 7 7022 Build Beta 1 superpi

The new Windows 7 beta 7022 has a faster cache performance we should expect already in the next build . In comparison with the previous beta version, the performance was increased.

Windows 7 Beta 1 7000 Vs Windows Xp Sp3 (HDD) :

Windows 7 7022 Build Beta 1 hdd performance

The HDD performance is lower in comparison with windows xp but for windows vista and all older windows 7 build , it was fairly improved .

Windows 7 Beta 1 7000 Vs Windows Xp Sp3 (Rendering/OpenGL) :

Windows 7 7022 Build Beta 1 cinebench

The rendering and OpenGl performance was improved in comparison with windows vista , the OpenGL benchmark shows almost 10% of boost .

Windows 7 Beta 1 7000 Vs Windows Xp Sp3 (3D Synthetic/Real gaming) :

Windows 7 7022 Build Beta 1 furemark

Alas FurMark fails in this new build ...

Windows 7 7022 Build Beta 1 3d2006

Windows 7 7022 Build Beta 1 devil maycry

AND here the big surprise windows 7 (7022) was the fastest OS in the scene 1 , 2 and 4 , the gaming performance was also improved .

With such performance windows 7 can become the worthy replacement of windows xp , its performance is now very respectable (if not the best) , the memory usage is very moderated in comparison with windows vista .

Saturday, January 24, 2009

How to install Windows 7 built 7000 Home basic,premium,business or ultimate

First make an iso file of your windows 7 disc. Then, use a soft such as magic iso to edit it. Go to sources folder. Open ei.cfg with notepad. Modify ultimate to any version you like or just delete the file and all versions will be shown when you install it.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Driver Genius

Tired of having to spend long hours looking for pc drivers.

Try Driver Genius , the easiest way of download drivers for you pc !

Driver Genius Features

Current Version:
File Size: 11.3 MB 
Operating System: Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/XP x64/Server 2003 x64/Vista x64
Release Date: August 02, 2008

Drivers Backup: Driver Genius can detect and quickly backup drivers installed in system. It can compress the backup drivers to a zip file, self extracting file or an independent executable auto installer program.

Drivers Restore: You need not install drivers one by one after reinstalling Operating System. Just need only one click you can install all your backup drivers automatically. You can also install drivers in command mode silently. If you need install drivers on multiple PC with the same hardware configuration, Driver Genius can save your much time to reinstall system.

Drivers Update: Are you still using an old version or beta version drivers? Those faulty drivers always cause compatibility problem. They are the biggest hidden trouble that cause system crash. A suitable drivers can upgrade 50% or even more system performance . There are more than 30,000 devices drivers information in Driver Genius Database that including Motherboard, Sound card, Video card, Network card, Modem, Mouse, Keyboard, Scanner, Printer, Digital device etc. All you need to do is one click, Driver Genius will find out all drivers that need updating. All drivers we offer are official version or WHQL version, you can use them without any compatibility worries.

Drivers Uninstall: There could be some leftover drivers in your system because of changing hardware or updating drivers. Driver Genius can find out these useless drivers quickly and uninstall them.

LiveUpdate: We update large numbers of drivers on our website. You can synchronize your database with our download server to get the newest version drivers by Liveupdate program.


Here are a few screenshots of Driver Genius Professional Edition in action. 

Backup Drivers 

Restore Drivers

Update Drivers Database

Drivers Download Manager

Drivers Auto Installer 

Device Diagnostics

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A New Way of Interacting with Devices in Windows 7

Windows 7 introduces a new way to interact with your phone, camera, printer, or portable media player from the Windows desktop. Device Stage is new visual interface that makes it easy to find the things you want to do with your devices on your Windows 7 PC. You could think of Device Stage as a multi-function version of Autoplay where it displays all the applications, services, and information related to your device. Device Stage not only works for devices connected to a Windows 7 PC via USB, but also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well. In many cases, software installation isn’t required for Device Stage – with any additional drivers that might be needed automatically retrieved from Windows Update.

Device Stage is customized by the device manufacturer and specific to the devices you own. During Steve Ballmer’s keynote at CES tonight, the Nikon D90 was shown via IE8 during the Windows 7 demo showcasing the “Snap To” feature. They used the Nikon D90 because it is a device that works great with Windows 7 today. Part of working great with Windows 7 is that the Nikon D90 also supports Device Stage. When a Nikon D90 is plugged in to a Windows 7 PC, you can see how Nikon customized Device Stage specifically for the D90.


As I mentioned, Device Stage displays all the applications, services and information related to your device. In the case of the Nikon D90, Device Stage presents to the user the ability to import photos and videos off the device, browse files on the device, take advantage of the service from Nikon called my Picturetown, launch Nikon’s Nikon Transfer application, and get support or order accessories for the D90. You’ll notice Device Stage also displays how much battery life is left on the Nikon D90 as well as how much storage is left too.

Because Device Stage is a way of extending the features of Windows 7 to expose device capabilities, it also supports the use of Jump Lists via the new Windows Taskbar.

When a device is plugged in that supports Device Stage, it appears on the new Windows Taskbar in Windows 7 as an icon of the actual device. To quickly access all that is offered through Device Stage for that specific device, you can right-click on the device on the taskbar to see all the Device Stage options. You’ll notice for the D90, the Jump List displays everything shown in Device Stage for the device.


Simply moving your mouse over the device on the Windows Taskbar also gives you a quick glance at battery life and storage capacity.


In the next couple days I’ll be talking about Device Stage a bit more - highlighting different experiences Device Stage provides for different device types from different device manufacturers.

In the Windows 7 Beta, you will be able to experience Device Stage for yourself! I know folks will be wondering what devices will support Device Stage for the Windows 7 Beta too.

Shuffle your Desktop Backgrounds in Windows 7

Windows 7 offers some really neat new personalization options for making your desktop yours. I wanted to share my favorite personalization option: the ability to shuffle desktop backgrounds. Windows 7 now supports selecting multiple pictures as desktop backgrounds which shuffle depending on how often you set it to shuffle.

I have a special folder called “Awesome Wallpapers” that is filled with, well, awesome wallpapers. I have my Windows 7 PCs shuffling between these photos every 10 minutes. I find it keeps my desktop “fresh”.


In the Windows 7 Beta – here’s how to enable shuffle for desktop backgrounds:

1. Right-click on your Desktop and choose Personalization.

2. Under the Personalization Control Panel, choose Desktop Background (bottom of screen).

3. Under Picture location, you can choose from the default locations for photos (including Top Rated Photos) or browse to a custom folder where you might be storing photos.

4. Choose multiple photos by checking each photo you want to appear as a background on your desktop.

5. At the bottom of the screen next to Picture position there is a drop down box and a check box for shuffling pictures on your desktop. Make sure the “Shuffle” checkbox is checked.


6. You can also customize how often pictures shuffle on your desktop via the drop down next to the “Shuffle” check box.

After selecting the backgrounds, enabling shuffle, and setting how often they shuffle – you can save your new “theme” in Windows 7 via the Personalization Control Panel (just click the back button from the Desktop Background screen).


You can see in the below screenshot I have a theme called “Brandon’s Awesome Theme”. Once you save your theme, it appears under “My Themes”.


TIP: You can also download new themes for the Windows 7 Beta by choosing “Get more themes online” under My Themes in the Personalization Control Panel.


You can download themes with new wallpapers from places around the world!

Can Windows 7 finally kill Windows XP?

Microsoft struggles to tempt XP upgrades

Microsoft hopes that the release of Windows 7 will repair the public relations disaster that is Windows Vista. But the toughest challenge may be to win over the group of people that arguably represent the software giant's biggest obstacle to success: Windows XP users.

The Windows 7 pitch, to date, takes direct aim at Vista's reputation as a bloated resource hog. As developers, members of the general public and journalists begin to test the Windows 7 public beta, Microsoft is framing it as a lean and lithe OS, with the flexibility to run on all types of computers, from netbooks to high-end gaming laptops.

The new Windows 7 interface features are well documented. A cleaned-up taskbar, the sleek Aero Peek GUI, mouse-hover Jump Lists and multi-touch capability have generated interest from users whose Windows desktops have been cluttered for too long.

windows 7 screenshots

Quicker, easier, more organised. Those were the buzzwords about Windows 7 features that Parri Munsell, Microsoft's Director of Consumer Product Management for Windows, used repeatedly in a recent interview from CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas last week.

"Our goal was to make the UI in Windows 7 much easier to navigate. We'll let the beta speak for itself but we have a high degree of optimism in it," Munsell says.

As for fastest growing segment of the PC market, netbooks, Munsell says that Microsoft has made it a priority to run Windows 7 on small form-factor laptops.

"Windows 7 has been optimised and engineered to work with anything: from the smallest netbook to the most loaded laptop or desktop," he says.

A lot is expected of Windows 7, but can it do what at times has seemed impossible-win back the trust of XP users who have shunned Vista?

The software giant has stated outright that Windows 7 will not make significant architectural changes from Vista and will run most if not all the applications that run on Vista.

Yet just 21 percent of Windows users currently run Vista, according to Web metrics company Net Applications. Most Windows users (65 percent) still run XP; they like it and they are wary of the compatibility issues that have plagued Vista.

Third-party apps

That wariness is not without cause, analysts say. Even though Microsoft is trying to use Windows 7 to move XP customers forward, it's still a Vista-like operating system and will have the same compatibility problems that are part of any OS upgrade, said Al Gillen, Research Vice President, System Software at IDC .

"If you don't run Vista today, Windows 7 will not be a silver bullet," he said. Ultimately, Gillen adds, it's not the operating system that matters as much as having updated third-party applications.

"Whether they are upgrading to Vista or Windows 7, XP users have to make sure third-party applications are compatible," he said.

Microsoft has warned users of the dangers of skipping versions of Windows entirely and has been trying to wean users off Windows XP through downgrade fees. Its success has been limited however as the Vista stigma lingers.

Microsoft's Munsell urges XP users to evaluate which third-party applications are important and make sure there is vendor support.

"It is important to avoid a situation where your critical application is no longer supported on Windows XP while not yet supported on Windows 7," Munsell says.

Transition to Windows 7 Easier?

Though the transition from XP to Windows 7 will be complex, it should be simpler as compared to the early days of Vista, says Michael Cherry, lead analyst with market researcher Directions on Microsoft.

When Windows Vista first shipped, Cherry said, people were not prepared for the application and hardware compatibility problems that came with an OS so different from XP.

"At this point there should be compatible versions of most applications and, when necessary, virtualisation can be used to facilitate the upgrade," Cherry says.

"This is not to say that XP apps and drivers will work on Windows 7, but that there are now compatible replacements available, which should make the transition manageable."

If Microsoft wants to move customers forward with Windows 7, it must help XP users bridge the gap as much as possible, Cherry adds.

"Microsoft needs to help XP users determine if their hardware is up to running Windows 7, and which device drivers for their hardware and programs need updating," Cherry says. "It then needs to help people find the updated drivers and software."

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