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There doesn't seem to be a large amount of overlap between woodworkers and computer geeks, but I figure there must be a few. So, anyone else with the RC version of Windows 7 who's waited until the last minute to make the switch? Personally, I went back to Xubuntu. I've still got the Windows 7 installation on a separate partition so that I can boot in every couple of days to grab podcasts from iTunes.
 

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Windows 7 64 bit here, crazy fast, 8 gig of ram, Intel core 2 duo, Goggle chrome for browser; from factory settings this pc came up with Vista basic….. the worst system I owned ever.

Since I did the change and upgraded my ram, this pc is my best buddy ever..
 

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I guess I have to get around to it - it is a reinstall right from RC to 7? My primary home systems are all macs now so the PC doesn't really see any use from month to month.

Anybody know when Windows 8 betas start coming out? :)
 

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Yep, there's no way to upgrade the RC to a full version, you have to reinstall. Unfortunately for those of us who don't like paying for Windows, I doubt there will be another beta any time soon. They threw everything behind getting 7 out because everyone hated Vista so much, but now that 7 seems stable I suspect we'll see anther xp-like lifespan for it.

The irony of it for me is that I was using a version of Windows for only one reason: iTunes. You would think that Apple would make a linux version or at least tweak it a bit to make it WINE-compatible to avoid driving people towards the competition.
 

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I have been doing serious consideration of the upgrade. Both computers have vista, which I have learned to hate, just not enough in the budget to change.
 

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Webb Copy the latest Win 7 install DVD to a memory stick or another DVD.

Then go to the sources folder and find the file CVVERSION.INI Open it and you will find a tag called minclient 7233.0 change the number to 2500.0

You should now be able to do an upgrade from win RC to win 7.

Install from the memory stick or the copied DVD.
 

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FWIW … I work for a software company, and our standard recommendation to customers is never upgrade the O/S on a machine that is more than a year old.

We have never seen enough of a performance improvement to justify the expense and inconvenience of upgrading the operating system on old hardware.

There also are concerns about driver availability and compatibility.

We also (about 6 years ago) quit fooling around with the 'Release Candidates' for the next version of Microsoft's O/S. Too much like trying to hit a moving target. Time is money, and we decided it was a better use of our resources to have our developers and programmers focus on systems our customers were actually using instead of dealing with the next version which would probably morph into something much different than the available RC's.

Just my .02.
 
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