Win7 Client Beta
Posted by BPuhl on January 25, 2009
I’ve been running Win7 Beta on my laptop for a couple of weeks now. In general, I can’t say enough about how much faster the machine is, especially booting up.
Here’s some helpful hints that I’ve come across, some of them mine, others that have been pointed out for me:
MSN Messenger – If you want it back in the notification tray, which is where I’m used to it being – right click the shortcut and run in Vista compat mode.
RSAT Tools – Get them here, after you run the install you need to go to Programs and Features to turn them on
Show Desktop – It’s that extra box at the far right of the task bar, on the other side of the notification tray
Powershell v2 – It’s there – and it’s awesome.
About the only thing that I’ve decided I miss (and I haven’t gone back to figure out if it’s possible to change yet), is Sidebar. Sidebar is still there, you just run the gadgets on the desktop. But I really liked the ability to dock gadgets into an area that represented the edge of “full screen” when other windows were maximized. I have started to get used to a partially compensating UI quirk though, which is that if you take a window and drag the top of it to the top of your screen, the bottom fills out to the bottom of your screen for you. So it’s vertically maximized.