I for one would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Micro$oft on a Job well botched.
After releasing the Windows 7 beta, which was fast, easy, compatible, and generally a dream to use, they have royally shafted it, to release the pile of dung that Windows 7 RC is today.
The new release candidate is slow, incompatible & is everything that everyone hated about Vista.
On the first update with the latest network card drivers (on the windows update website) it stops networking for no apparent reason, waits for a few minutes and then starts working again!
Wtf? Vista SP1 fixed every network issue - have they based the network stack on original vista code?
Windows 7 RC installs compatibility drivers for SATA devices, and operates SATA devices in multi-word DMA2.
Wtf? Windows 7 beta installs the right drivers, and everything works immediately, at the right speed, in the right mode, flawlessly.
And after finding these niggling, but ridiculous issues, for no apparent reason, I have a media server running which quickly fills a 500MB buffer with 1080p video, and across gigabit ethernet, playback stutters, despite the full buffer.
Windows 7 beta works flawlessly … and so does vista SP1 … wtf?
Given that this is the experience I’ve got with using it for 3 days, seriously?
Microsoft … fire your incompetent windows R&D team (thank god for the GFC!), and go back to the Windows 7 beta.
I was looking forward to the Windows 7 release!
Based on the Beta it’d actually have been worth the $$$, for once.
Based on the Release Candidate, I’ll be fully migrating to linux, and recommending everyone I bash up a PC for to linux also.
Microsoft … get your house in order … while you still have customers!