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Windows 7 launches first in NZ [nzherald.co.nz]
Hundreds of people descended on events in Auckland and Wellington this morning to mark the world's first launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.
In Auckland's Queen Elizabeth Square in the CBD throngs of people tried to win Hewlett-Packard computers loaded with the new operating system, given away every 10 minutes throughout the event by All Black captain Richie McCaw.
The operating system is now available in Japan and most of Australia as well.
I can't say I'm excited by the release of Windows 7, but it looks like a good upgrade from Vista, and in usability it will certainly be a big step up from XP.
I'm going to build another PC workstation in 2010 with all the bells and whistles (Core i7, SSD...) around July. I can't justify spending the money on a new system when the one I'm using XP Athalon X2 is "fast enough." I can wait for the prices on the hardware to come down a bit.
So, I'd wait. I'm on a Mac and upgraded to Snow Leapord a few weeks ago and wished I had waited a bit. These days, it takes a while for everyone to get their hands on a new OS and have their upgrades ready.
Last week I was forced to reload my PC so I took the plunge and loaded Win7. Wow, it is SO much more user-friendly than Vista. And I'm a Vista fan. Win7 gets a lot of the little things right. Like creating and connecting to VPN. No more bajillion clicks.
In case anyone cares, you can't upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional. Oh the box says all versions of Vista can be upgraded, but that is not true at all. It will make you re-install all programs. It forces a clean install. So if this was something you were planning on doing, DON'T waste $200 like I just did.
That's what I suspected. It's too bad because I really don't feel like going through the hassle of installing my apps again. I'll just wait until I buy a new PC to experience W7.
The great thing about Windows 7 is that it uses the Vista kernel and many drivers are available already. That's going to ease adoption.