It is getting to a point where I will be running Windows 7 native, and Vista under VPC for extreme edge case applications. Wow. This is only a beta.
Updates, 15th January 2009
Once connected to internal network with a fresh-restart, Microsoft IT login scripts automatically installed the latest Anti-virus software.
XPS had a BIOS Upgrade for some reason: done (now A15)
Live Mesh client updated today: installed and working; applied appropriate directories into my mesh.
Ultra-surprisingly, my USB Smartcard reader just installed and worked first time.
Microsoft VPN connection software installed and worked first time
Installed Palm Treo as a sync device. Tell Treo to â€œsetup PC on next connectionâ€, downloaded latest software, reconnect Treo, device drivers installed and Windows Mobile Device Centre does the rest. That is, it worked first time.
Adobe Master Collection CS4: Just installing InDesign CS4 and Photoshop CS4 with OpenType fonts (for some later testing). Avoiding Acrobat Professional as this usually mucks around with too much operating system guts: installing printer drivers and add-ins to MSOffice apps. [note: please consult Adobe on their formal position on Windows 7!]
Visual Studio 2007 Professional. The big daddy. done, and working! Need to install the other bits like F# etc etc.
Updates, 19th January 2009
Windows Media Center has changed in Windows 7, and it happened that I had a spare AVERmedia ExpressCard/34. The drivers were not a part of Windows 7, so off to the Dell downloads. Installed the Vista drivers; and re-inserted the card. After pointing Windows 7 to the x64 drivers: installed! Windows Media Center launched; scan for DVB-T on the small antennae: and we have it installed. Including getting the ABC instream
Installed the current Microsoft builds of Office Communicator 2007 and LiveMeeting 2007. OK, tested and working in production.
Send Feedback actually worked for me today. Shock horror. According to the engineering team: for feedback to work, you need to ensure your Windows 7 Beta is activated.
iTunes installed; but having difficulty telling iTunes that itâ€™s music is on the other Vista partition (E:) rather than the default C:. Probably user-error. (yes, user error: fixed in 22 January update)
Updates, 22nd January 2009
Bigpond NextG USB installed and working with x64 Vista drivers, and creating a simple dial-out connection (hint: dial *99***1# ; username: email@example.com). In other words, just like Vista x64, I am avoiding the Telstra Bigpond connection manager.
iTunes: needed to recreate the Library, with the Preferences>Advanced, Music Folder Location set to the external source. New Library is created, pointing to the location (therefore: no copying of music/video to your install drive)
Tortoise SVN 1.5.6 installed. Needed for IronPython and Witty builds. Next step is Git for IronRuby source code access
Updated/changed to Windows Mobile Device Centre 6.1 which seemed to correct speed of access to my Treo Pro.
Needs Fixing (have reported these)
Bluetooth not seen by Windows 7, although activated on XPS1330. Drivers installed, but no go. Probably something in my hardware configuration?
The Intel Wireless Link 4965AGN driver seems to stall Shutdown (not sleep) and when waking from sleep, fails to correctly wake the card. Cannot disable/renable to get DHCP. Solution is a complete reboot. Drivers on Dell site are circa late 2007. Probably a driver issue in the current Windows 7 beta?